Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Becoming a More Prayerful Pastor

Praying Pastors

by Dr. Chuck Lawless

The famous English pastor Charles Spurgeon once wrote words that still demand our attention today: "Do not restrain prayer. … For only through prayer can the prosperity of a church be increased or even maintained."

We know that healthy church growth does not occur without God’s blessing. Yet how easy it is to talk about church growth ideas, methods, goals, and strategies, while missing this most significant component of church growth: prayer!

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Monday, June 19, 2006

An Intercessor's Prayer For You

Dear Ministry Co-laborer,

The following prayer may be used
to bless your ministry, city, state and/or nation
that we, as God's people, may rise with ONE voice,
fire filling our chorus as we sing...
"Glory, Glory! Hallelujah!
Our God reigns! Lord Jesus, you reign!"

Bless your ministry, city, state and/or nation
to be strengthened
by the Spirit of the Living God
being bound together in Him,
filled with all His might and power...
His victory won for each one of us !
His very own be-loved ones !
His purposes being fulfilled in and through us!
This is your God! Our God! Hallelujah!
Forever! He reigns!
****************************

Father, You loved the Son
Shared your purposes and plans with Him...
He said, "Yes! I'll go!
That they may know you -
Having life forever with us!
I'll go - that they may be in us
Even as I am in you and you are in me!"
And all of heaven shouted,
"Glory, Glory! Hallelujah! You reign!
The Lord God reigns!"

So Jesus,
You laid down your heavenly position and place;
All that you were with the Father in heaven
And walked on this earth proclaiming this good news;
Calling us from darkness into the light
Opening our eyes...
Breaking our chains
Setting us free!
Saying, "God's mercy is here!
His love, His faithfulness! His forgiveness!"
And we joined the heavenly shouts,
"Glory, Glory! Hallelujah! God reigns!
Our God reigns!"

You gave us honor!
Beauty for ashes, Jesus!
Poured oil of joy on our sadness;
Raising us up from despair;
Renewing our hope...
With much gladness, we sing,
"Glory, Glory! Hallelujah! You reign!
Our God reigns!"

You went to the cross, Lord Jesus,
Shed your blood;
To cover our sins
To pour salve on our wounds,
To heal our sicknesses;
Covering our guilt and shame!
Descending into the depths of hell and darkness
You paid our debt; dying our death!
Amazed with wonder, we sing,
The song of the forgiven,
"Glory, Glory! Hallelujah! You reign!
Our God reigns!"

And You,
Blessed Spirit of the Living God,
Raised Jesus up!
Up from the dead
Through the heavens
Seating Him at the Father's right hand
Far above all rule and power
To reign forever!
And all of heaven shouts,
"Glory, Glory! Hallelujah! You reign!
Our God reigns!"

While darkness trembles at the sound...
We join the forgiven throng...
Fire filling our chorus,
We cry out with ONE voice:
"Glory, Glory! Hallelujah! You reign!
Lord Jesus, You reign!"
Yes! We sing...
"Glory, Glory! Hallelujah! You reign!
Lord Jesus, you reign!"
Abundant blessing be yours,

Sharon Barnes
National Dir. of Ministry Relations
New Life Ministries
888-483-2484 x717
sbarnes@newlife.com
www.newlife.com

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Pastoral Care ~ Online Directory Resource

Online Pastoral Care Director

Every pastor needs help at some point. Perhaps it involves some advice on raising a strong-willed or rebellious PK. Perhaps it includes a few ideas on improving a marriage. Perhaps it has to do with resolving conflict among congregational leaders. Perhaps it is moving forward after a personal moral failure or burnout.

Whatever the issue, the Pastoral Care Directory can help. This is a resource — a road map of sorts — that every pastor should have on his or her desk.

Request a printed version of the directory for your desktop or files today by calling 1-800-A-FAMILY.

Pastoral Ministries
Pastoral Ministries
* Leadership and Conflict Consultants
* Financial and Legal Consultants
* Reflection and Relaxation Providers
* Rest and Renewal Retreat Centers
* Restoration and Counseling Retreat Centers
* Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Counseling Offices


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Who Prays for the Praying Pastor?

Pastoral Ministries

The Powerful Prayer of the Intercessor
by H.B. London Jr.

Who intercedes for you? For whom do you intercede? Someone has said, "Praying for others is one of the best ways of loving people." I agree. When we pray for others, and others pray for us, several things happen:

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

In The Little Prayer Room

1970, April 8-JOURNAL ENTRY

~Last February in the little prayer room in the rear of the sanctuary, the Holy Spirit took possession of my will in a new and exciting way---perhaps I should say, in a more complete way. The Holy Spirit has been real to me for years and years.

He called me to be Christ’s minister and gave my first preaching charge in 1953.There on my knees in my small room at Bowling Green State University came the pure joy of knowing the Lord was giving His servant an opportunity to preach and minister to a congregation. It mattered not how small or insignificant, just then it was the most wonderful congregation in all the world…and for the next eleven years it continued to be that very church.

His Spirit comes like the morning dew every day a bit more. Now after seventeen years of ministry, the priority is still the same- Christ and His Word, the first hour of the day! Who has known this any more and yet failed any more than this preacher?

Here in 1970, the pace of city ministry is enough to kill an average man. The only way to stay ahead of it is to determine Jesus Christ, living and abiding! Come to Him anew each day, decide for Him each day and pray for more and more fullness of His Spirit.

Prayer for Today

~ Lord, I confess my failure this day and give my will over to Your keeping. One day at a time, starting again today and continuing through each tomorrow, when and if it comes. I hereby affirm my need for you

-My thirst for prayer-

-My hunger for Your Word-

-My crying need to witness to others!

SAYING YES TO GOD-Pastorsinprayer@verizon.net- bob & marilyn Yawberg- Vol. VII #12


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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Pastor, Do You Know How To Pray for Your Wife?

Welcome to an online ministry to wives of Pastors, Ministers, and Clergy of encouragement to thrive in our “fishbowl life”, not just survive. If your husband is in vocational ministry, whether he ministers part-time or full-time, you have found a community of women facing similar joys and challenges. You’re among friends.

At Pastors' Wives Thriving in the Fishbowl you can…

* Enroll in our New Message Board to join conversations with other wives of Pastors or view our "old" boards.
* Register for your own free e-mail address that ends in “@pastorswives.org”
* Gain encouragement and insight from our website resources

"Therefore, encourage one another and build up one another..." 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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Monday, June 05, 2006

Time For Your Next Spiritual Retreat?

Time for your next spiritual retreat?
by Jane Rubietta


The Resting PlaceI don’t want to lead the sheep astray by forgetting my resting place. And I don’t want to forfeit God’s calling because I have chosen to run the wrong race, run the race without more than a glance at Jesus’ face.

Jane Rubietta, author of
The Resting Place

“Run the race with perseverance.” What an axiom for professionals, summed up by years in seminary and official ministry. Run, and keep running. Sure, run the right race. But run.

The perseverance part makes sense with such a life motto: Never give up. Winston Churchill would be proud of all of us in ministry.

Maybe. But even runners can’t run incessantly. They need rest stops, food stations, and medics to care for shin splints and blisters.

As runners say, it didn’t take long in the pastorate for us to bonk. To hit the ministry wall, the wall of impossibilities, and crash into our inabilities and disabilities. I wasn’t who I thought I was, ministry wasn’t what I envisioned, and God certainly wasn’t who I expected. What a mercy that turned out to be as I examined my soul fatigue.

Symptoms of soul fatigue
My idol was myself: I’ll do it. I can take care of it. Let me help. But I couldn’t. I moved into such depression and incapacity that all I could do was crawl away, alone, and ask God who he really was.

You need a resting place if these symptoms crop up in your life and ministry:

  • Burnout
  • Trigger temper
  • Irrational thinking
  • Lack of joy or laughter
  • Loss of focus
  • Chronic headaches or other pain
  • Hyper-controlling of others
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Resentment
  • Unforgiveness
  • Giving in to temptation
  • Lack of feelings
  • Loss of passion
  • Inability to love your family
  • Judgmentalism
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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Praying With/For Insight

Praying With Insight

“What does ‘praying with insight’ mean? It means praying from the perspective of knowledge or understanding regarding the circumstances of the person or situation you are praying for. Insight is the power to see below the surface of a situation, to discern the inner nature or truth of something that is not immediately apparent. Although asking questions and doing research often sheds light on a situation, true insight is essentially a spiritual quality. As such it has its source in God: ‘I have more insight than all my teachers, for Thy testimonies are my meditation’ (Psalm 119:99)”

It is a wonderful thing to know that when we pray, God gives us insight into our situation. We do not beat around in the dark or pray non-relevant, empty prayers, but we can be assured that God will give us wisdom in our prayers if we ask for it . . . I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to direct you as you begin a time of prayer.

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How Worship Impacts Praying






Measure Those Who Worship

Francis Frangipane

"Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, 'Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations . . . '" (Revelation 11:1-2).

At the end of the age there will be two types of Christians: those who worship in the inner court and those outside the place of intimacy who are, to some degree, subject to the influence of "the nations." For whatever this verse ultimately means, it tells us now that the Spirit of God is measuring worshipers - those individuals whose treasure is in heaven, who abide in the inner court of God's temple. Beloved, those who worship God dwell in a measured and protected place.

Consider: In our world of terrors, pressures and trauma, our only place of safety exists in the living presence of God. We must not accept a religion about God instead of the presence of God. If we would truly dwell in the divine Presence, one thing perhaps above all others will take us there: we must become true worshipers of God.

True Worship
Jesus taught that "true worshipers" are those who worship "the Father in spirit and truth" (John 4:23). In other words, their worship of God flows from their heart unhindered by difficult outward conditions. "Spirit and truth" worship is genuine worship. Indeed, right now on planet earth, the Father is seeking such people "to be His worshipers" (John 4:23-24).

Consider well the priority of God. He isn't seeking for us to be miracle workers or great apostles and prophets. He desires more from us than the cultivation of good leadership skills or administrative strengths. What does He seek? He desires that, in spirit and truth, we become His worshipers.

Genuine worship causes us to become genuine Christians.

If we focus on making our worship true, our Bible study, prayer and extended service to God, whatever that may be, will also be true. Indeed, a worshiping heart floods all other spiritual disciplines with legitimacy and substance. If we bow in worship before studying God's word, His word will plunge deep into our soul; our fruit will be sweeter and more enduring. If, before we open our mouths in prayer, we honor God in worship, our intercession will ascend toward heaven on wings of unfeigned trust and expectant faith.

Worship rescues our spiritual efforts from routine, religiosity, pride and guilt; it takes our minds completely off ourselves and burrows us into the overwhelming life of God.

We have all heard teaching that God desires to have a relationship with us, and it is true. Yet, the implication is that His relationship with us is perfectly accommodating, nearly casual in its nature, and mostly defined by our terms. Yes, God desire that our union with Him be full and wonderful. Yet, His descent into our lives, His commitment to redeem and restore us has one ultimate purpose: that we can ascend into a relationship defined by His terms.

The consequence of possessing such a relationship with God is that the reality of His presence transforms us into worshipers. Indeed, worship is the evidence of a transformed life. Worship may be expressed with tears of joy or in silent awe; it may create an abiding gratitude toward God or inspire songs in the night. However the expression, the worship the Father seeks is absolutely meaningful. It turns our complete being toward God in love.

If, however, the idea of "worship" seems to be a strange thing; if it's feels mechanical or the words expressed seem hollow (and not hallowed), it is because the soul of the individual has not first been transformed. The closer we draw to God, the more we are transformed; the greater our transformation, the more completely we respond in worship. You see, true worship deepens and matures as we walk on with God and His glory unfolds before us.

Recall the aged apostle John's testimony. He was in his nineties when he wrote: "We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us" (1 John 4:16). Listen to that first phrase: we have come to know. When we first come to God, by necessity, we must come as we are with sin and shame. Yes, we seek to repent of our obvious sins, but the work of God is destined to go much deeper. As young Christians, we still carry attitudes of pride, ambition and fear, as well as many other sins, that cause us to misrepresent the actual nature of God to others. Though we are sinful, God does not abandon us. Instead His work continues. His illuminating fire enters the darkened caverns of our hearts. Here, in this furnace of divine refinement, stripped of our pretenses and pride, spiritually naked without a rag of self-righteousness in which to clothe ourselves - in this stark reality we come to know God's unconditional love and acceptance.

If you have true worship for God it is because you have, indeed, been loved by Him. "We love, because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19). What once sounded like an impossible command - "YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND - is transformed from a Law into a promise full of hope, an anticipation that He will transform all that we are and, in the process, create the praise of our lips. It is as though He says, You shall love Me with all your heart for that is exactly how I love you, with all My heart.

Our worship is the result of His drawing near to us; it is the effect He has upon the redeemed. Yet, it is also a choice we make. I choose worship as a way to demonstrate my trust in God when my circumstances appear hostile; I choose worship as my means of burrowing into the heart of God when all around me is in turmoil. And as I'm lifted into His presence, I am also aware that the character of my life is being measured, and it's being measured by my worship at His altar.


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