Praying With Jesus: Good Friday

Today is one of the most important days of the year. It is Good Friday the day Jesus died on the cross. I am always asked by the kids in chapel why is this day called good, when the most terrible thing happened? Here is the answer. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so...

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Praying With Jesus: God's Timing

Can you keep a secret? Can you keep a secret from God? Absolutely not. Jesus knew of this plan and took steps to make sure it did not disrupt his plans. Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid...

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Praying With Jesus: Turn Me To You

We have started Holy Week and one of the things Jesus did this week caused quite a commotion in the Temple. On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone...

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Praying With Jesus: Praying On Holy Ground

What is holy ground? I have heard of several Christian coffee shops using the name Holy Grounds. Holy ground is when we come into the presence of God. So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight--why the bush does not burn up." When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to...

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Praying With Jesus: Jesus Is Always Beside Us

Monday I talked about praying in an unusual place. Today I want to talk about regular planned prayer and what Daniel did when he prayed toward Jerusalem. So King Darius put the decree in writing. Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times...

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Praying With Jesus: Where We Are

Sometimes prayer is made with great sorrow and a heavy heart. There is a great example of this in the prayer of Hannah for a child. In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD. And she made a vow, saying, "O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember me, and...

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Praying with Jesus: Be Alert!

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people." "I'll be praying for you." I've heard that phrase a lot and say it myself. You hear about something difficult someone is going through and you promise to pray for them....

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Praying With Jesus: A.C.T.S.

For the last three days, we have done the prayer acrostic A.C.T.S. A is for adoration, C is for confession, T is for thanksgiving, and finally today S which stands for supplication. This may be the one where you do not know supplication means, but we can easily do this in prayer. Supplication is asking God for help. It may...

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Praying With Jesus: A.C.T.S.

The third part of A.C.T.S. is T for thanksgiving. Is giving thanks a natural part of your prayer life? Sometimes kids need to be reminded to say thank you. This acrostic also reminds us to say thank you in our prayers. Some days it is easy. Right now I am in Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys with the...

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Praying With Jesus: A.C.T.S.

One way of having balance and focus in prayer is using this acrostic for prayer. A.C.T.S.  The idea here is to use these 4 differing aspects of prayer. The first of these is A for adoration. The Psalms are full of verses of adoration. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise...

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Praying With Jesus: Prayer is Worship

"Woman," Jesus replied, "believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem." This is something Jesus said to the woman at the well. She had asked where she should worship and Jesus' response is that it's not about the place you worship, but worshiping in spirit and in truth. Prayer...

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Praying With Jesus: Spirit and Truth

"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth." Do you ever struggle to know what to say when you pray or...

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Praying with Jesus: Pray in your Situation

Yesterday we had verse 18 where Paul talked about all kind of prayers. It continues with these two verses.  Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it...

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Praying with Jesus: Praying in the Spirit

 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. - Ephesians 6:183   I love this verse. It reminds me that prayer can have many forms and methods. Prayer happens wherever we may be in life. What does it...

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Praying with Jesus: Praying Together

[Jesus] took Peter, John and James with Him and went up onto a mountain to pray. - Luke 9:28   The Christian faith is interesting. It is both personal and social. We talk about a personal walk with Christ, about personal devotions, etc., but Christianity is also inherently social. Our faith was never intended to be lived out in isolation....

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Praying with Jesus: Make Time to Pray

I used this verse with the students at School this week to talk about today’s walkathon. “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”...

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Praying with Jesus: Listen

This passage from Revelation says a lot about prayer. This is the section the section of that book where Jesus speaks to seven different churches. This passage is to the church in Laodicea. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him,...

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