Saturday, April 12, 2008

Strugglng in prayer? This might help...

"Reaching the Summit" National Pastors' Prayer Summit

June 23-26, 2008 @ Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA

This unique time for pastors and leaders will allow you to experience “Spirit-led, worship-fed, corporate prayer” and, at the same time, learn how to reproduce it in your congregation. It is a Prayer Summit Plus, in that we will give explanations, answer questions, supply resources, and address specific situations. It will be a “show and tell” experience with some of the most experienced Prayer Summit facilitators. The primary purpose of this time is to equip you as a leader in your local setting.
Be an early bird! Register by April 21 to save $40!!
If you are not a pastor, please forward this information to someone who is. Better yet, pay for your pastor's registration as a gift! Call us at 916-489-4774 to find out more!
To register, or for more information, click here.


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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Praying for Your House or Your Home?

"Have you prayed that God will bless your home?

Be careful of that prayer, however. To pray for God's blessing you're not asking for an upgrade. You're not longing for a renovation. You do not desire an addition. You are asking God to move in-forever. You are giving God the title, keys and all-permanently. God becomes a lifelong resident.

A blessed home is the ultimate dream home. Go ahead, pray for it. You won't be disappointed. There is no place like a home where God resides."


Rick Ezell



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Praying "Grandfathers"

“GRANDPA”

1970-JOURNAL ENTRIES~6-27~Met 20 year old Mark Smith tonight. In Ft Wayne for the summer selling books. (found our name in the yellow pages.) A senior at Ozark Bible College, he’s interested in our youth ministry. 8/13-The leaders voted unanimously for Mark.

9-21- Prayer at 6:00 a.m. Mark’s first day at work- (He thought I meant 6:00 p.m. –he’s evidently not a morning person, at least not yet). He is open to God’s will. Susan, Mark’s wife, is pregnant!

5-11-1972-Mark and I spent the day at Lake James, praying, thinking and planning. …so vital to get away from the trying pace of people and their problems. We returned home, relaxed and thankful.

2008-April 3-REFLECTION~Forty years later, Mark, now 60 transitions from senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church he and Susan started 23 years ago. Mark looks back on our time together as in depth discipling. He invited me to San Antonio, TX last week end to a memorable celebration. FBC released him to be full time director of IMPACT, the ministry he began in 1986. That year Mark led a few men to Ecuador where they built a fresh water system for Rachel Saint (her story was in the recent movie, End of the Spear). IMPACT has completed 14 similar projects bringing fresh drinking water to villages on three continents.

Last Friday, Mark introduced me to one he has discipled, Gerald, from Uganda, Africa. Gerald’s story parallels Samuel Morse who prayed to save Taylor University in the late 1800’s. On the streets of Uganda, eating out of garbage pails at age 14, Gerald now counsels members of the president’s cabinet. Suddenly I saw this new brother as a second generation disciple of the work God led with young Mark Smith in 1970. As I embraced Gerald and prayed a blessing over him, he wept, affectionately calling me “Grandpa, a spiritual grandfather he never had known.

The things which you have heard from me….entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” II Timothy 2:2

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SAYING YES TO GOD-bob and marilyn yawberg- Vol. IX # 8 www.pastorsinprayer.org


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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Pastors Need All the Prayer We Can Get!



Are You an Easy Prayer Target?
by Cynthia Bezek, editor of Pray!

The other day, a friend told me about two people she has committed to intercede for. Both of her friends are in full-time ministry, and both desire her intercession. One is easy to pray for, she said. The other presents a greater challenge. Why? Because the first one shares openly his needs, weaknesses, and struggles, while the other keeps such things private.

I get the impression that Jesus was easy to pray for. Despite His sinlessness, He did not hide His human weakness from His friends. All the way to Calvary, He told them about the suffering He was to face. And then, in Gethsemane, He said point-blank, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Mt. 26:38). Jesus asked His friends to “keep watch” with Him in His hour of greatest need, and they shouldn’t have had any problem knowing how to pray for Him.

Similarly, the Apostle Paul frequently shared his challenges and deep longings in the context of seeking prayer from his friends. He asked for prayer in the midst of struggles with unbelievers (Ro. 15:30-31). After recounting hardship so severe that he and his companions “despaired even of life,” Paul told the Corinthians that he depended on them to help by their prayers (2 Cor. 1:8-11). He mentioned his imprisonment to the Ephesians and asked them to pray that he would have courage to preach fearlessly (Eph. 6:19-20). Referring to jealous persecution, Paul expressed confidence that the Philippians’ prayers, along with the Holy Spirit’s help, would lead to his deliverance (Phil. 1:19). And there’s more: The apostle wrote about his needs and struggles, and requested intercession in Col. 4:3-4, 1 Thess. 5:25, 2 Thess. 3:1-2, and Phlm. 1:22. Paul was not afraid to admit his weakness and dependence on prayer!

We all need prayer. When we’re struggling, we need prayer for increased faith, hope, patience, and purity. But even when things are going well, we need prayer that we will continue to grow in the grace and fruitfulness that come from abiding in Christ, and that we will resist the enemy’s temptations.

If you’re like me, you know you need prayer and want all the intercession you can get. But friends may have a hard time praying for you if they don’t know how to direct their prayers. So ask yourself: Do my friends know my needs? Do they understand my longings and desires? Do I make it easy for people to know how to pray for me? If you’re not sure about your answers to those questions, ask the Lord to help you discover and open up to trustworthy friends who will intercede for you with love and spiritual insight.

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