Prayer

Skittles prayer bags with printable prayers – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry: Skittles prayer bags with printable prayers Pages Skittles prayer bags with printable prayers After the success of our Prayer Space at school and the enthusiasm from the children, we thought it would be a great idea to give each child a practical prayer to take home with them. It was a great idea until I found myself sorting skittles into 120 little bags. Fortunately it’s a fairly small school! I went in to school to do…

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School Prayer Space with Printable Prayer Station Instructions – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Last week was a busy but amazing week! I spent most of it in our local primary school in the prayer space we had created with some inspiration from Prayer Spaces in Schools. We were given a classroom for a week and turned it from this… To this… Each class spent at least one session in the room and lunchtimes, when children could make their own way there, were very busy! We had some amazing conversations about life, death, families,…

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Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry: Flying Saucer Sweet Prayers – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

If you grew up in the UK then you are probably very familiar with Flying Saucers- sherbet filled rice paper sweets that do look rather like flying saucers! I have to admit to being fairly partial to the odd flying saucer and when I last went to the cash and carry I bought an enormous tub of hundreds of the things. It became very clear I was never going to get through all of them, so I took them with…

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I Think Meeting Jesus is Like Getting Hit by A Semi-Truck – Christian Article

I’ve never met anyone who was hit by a semi-truck and lived to tell about it. I don’t mean getting sideswiped on the interstate in your car kind of accident. Nothing involving your car and a semi-truck. What I mean is, I’ve never met someone who stood toe to toe with a semi-truck and lived. Can you imagine the insanity of someone trying to convince you they were hit by a semi-truck as they stand in front of you a…

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A Prayer for Women on International Women’s Day – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Today is International Women’s Day. Below is a prayer written for women around the world by Deborah Hirt and brought to my attention by Christine Sine. She thinks about all woman who deal with marginalization at many levels. She especially focuses on women who face physical dangers and she weaves her thoughts among the Prayer of Saint Francis. Lord, make me an instrument of peace: Bless all women who daily strive to bring peace to their communities, their homes and…

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A Church With No Children is Terminal ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Yesterday, I shared this quote through my social media connections.  I’ve been thinking about this quote a lot lately and wanted to share some of those thoughts with you.  The church that doesn’t make children’s ministry a priority does so at the peril of their future.   Passing on our faith to the next generation is a big deal in Scripture.  Verse after verse addresses the importance of sharing our faith, by words and actions, with the next generation.  …

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Asking For and RECEIVING God’s Richest Blessings – Christian Article

Lifting up prayer for favor. Honestly, it’s a bit of a sticky subject, right? At least it is for me. Asking God to bless me and pour out his favor on me feels kind of selfish. Or like I’m treating God as some sort of divine genie who has to give me all my wishes. See, here’s the thing… I don’t believe in what’s often called the “prosperity gospel”. Essentially, the prosperity gospel says that God wants everyone to be…

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How To Pray For Healing: The God HONORING Way To Do It – Christian Article

When it comes to the subject of how to pray for healing, there are all sorts of opinions out there. There are also plenty of con-men out there who will take your money in exchange for a promise to pray for your healing. If you give them a “love offering”, they will “lovingly” pray to God that you will be healed. Yeah…no thanks. This is why it’s so critical that we go to scripture regarding the question of how to…

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Thinking Like a Servant | Devotional by John Fischer – Christian Article

One of the prerequisites for being a servant of God is to think like a servant. This would be fine if it wasn’t so impossible. We are all naturally wired to think only of ourselves. Learning to give preference to others is one of the true marks of a Christian because it is so contrary to human nature. That’s why desiring it comes from God, and doing it comes through the Holy Spirit. Paul said of Timothy: “I have no…

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4 Prayers to Pray when You’re Repentant – Christian Article

This article is part of the 4 Prayers to Pray series. O merciful God, full of compassion, long-suffering and of great pity, make me earnestly repent, and heartily to be sorry for all my misdoings; make the remembrance of them so burdensome and painful that I may flee to you with a troubled spirit and a contrite heart; and, O merciful Lord, visit, comfort, and relieve me; excite in me true repentance; give me in this world knowledge of your…

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43 Quotes About Prayer To Inspire Your Prayer Life – Christian Article

When I need inspiration to pray, which is often, I regularly turn to quotes about prayer. See, here’s the thing… There are few things more powerful than prayer. Through prayer, God does staggering, miraculous, overwhelming things. And yet so often I forget all that God does through prayer. Can you relate to me? To encourage you in your prayers, I compiled 43 of the BEST quotes about prayer. I pray that these quotes about prayer encourage you to pray faith-filled…

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4 Prayers to Pray When You’re Anxious – Christian Article

This article is part of the 4 Prayers to Pray series. Compose our spirits to a quiet and steady dependence on your good providence, that we may take no thought for our life, nor be anxious for anything, but by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, still make known our requests to you our God. And help us to pray always and not faint; in everything to give thanks, and offer up the sacrifice of praise continually; to rejoice in hope…

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A Powerful Prayer For Hard Times – Christian Article

Three simple, yet utterly profound words: God help me. It’s not a complicated prayer. There is no fancy, “spiritual” language in this prayer. This is not an impressive prayer by any means. It’s a prayer of desperation. Of weakness. Of need. It’s the kind of prayer you pray when everything seems dark and you don’t see a way out. “God help me,” is a prayer that you whisper when you’re walking through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. It’s…

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How To Read Bible Scriptures In Three Simple Steps – Christian Article

Many of us struggle to read the Bible because the contents in the Bible aren’t always easy to understand literally. A standard Bible translation comprises 3, 566, 480 letters. Those letters are then condensed into 783, 137 words and the words are filled into 31,101 verses, and the verses are packaged into what we describe as chapters. There are 1,189 chapters found in 66  books of the Bible and 66 books are divided into two divisions known as ‘Old Testament’…

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4 Prayers to Pray When You’re Sorrowed – Christian Article

This article is part of the 4 Prayers to Pray series. Read 2 Samuel 18:31–33 and Pray O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and most merciful God, in whose hands are life and death, who gives and takes away, casts down and raises up, look with mercy on the affliction of your unworthy servant, turn away your anger from me, and speak peace to my troubled soul. Grant me the assistance and comfort of your Holy Spirit, that I may…

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God’s Amazing Invitation – Christian Article

Sometimes it is hard to believe but the God who created the heavens and the earth cares for us personally and deeply. God is infinite in his majesty and splendor. He has no beginning and no end. He is so majestic in his glory and holiness that the highest order of created beings, the seraphim, cannot even look directly on his glory. (Isaiah 6). Yet the Bible tells us that the One who flung the galaxies into space, who created…

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Three Staggering Words That Change Everything – Christian Article

We tend to think of the phrase, “I’m praying for you,” as either a throwaway phrase, of sorts, or a last ditch kind of effort. In other words, when someone is having a hard time and we don’t know what else to say, we say, “Well…I’m praying for you.” Or, when things seem really bad and beyond all human efforts, we say something like, “All we can do now is pray.” The problem is that in both of these situations,…

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How to Pray When You’re Fighting with Your Spouse – Christian Article

This article is part of the How to Pray series. Make Prayer a Habit Every marriage is guided by a set of habits. The question is, are they healthy habits that result in a God-honoring and joyful marriage, or are they bad habits that lead to a self-centered and strained marriage? The character of your life and the health of your marriage is not defined by two or three dramatic decisions but in thousands of little moments. The development and…

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4 Prayers to Pray when You’re Waiting – Christian Article

This article is part of the 4 Prayers to Pray series. Gracious God, most mighty to help, have regard to my pain and distress wherein I weep and complain so long, and help me. You cannot have forgotten me. I am your beloved child, your lamb that is marked with the blood of your Son Jesus Christ. My soul is troubled at the withholding of your help. For days and months—a long time have I waited for your salvation, and…

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8 Bible Blessings for Your Mother – Christian Article

Content manager for Bible Gateway Among the Ten Commandments is the directive to “honor your father and your mother.” [Browse the Gifts for Mothers section in the Bible Gateway Store.] The following are blessings from the Bible you can pray on Mother’s Day (and all year) to show the great esteem with which you hold your mother. [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Four Biblical Mothers to Remember on Mother’s Day (and Lots of Devotions for Moms)] Numbers 6:24-26 (VOICE)…

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What We Learn About God from An Old Testament Prayer – Christian Article

Do you treasure books of the Bible like 1 Chronicles? If you follow a Bible reading plan you’ll read through the Old Testament. But there’s a difference between having to read something and feeling like you get to read something. And for many, certain Old Testament books feel obligatory rather than delightful to read. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is so much gold here, something I recently learned while reading through one of King David’s prayers.…

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Saturday’s Small Thoughts – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); I really enjoy Saturday mornings when I get to sit with the morning sun softly lighting up my living room, and the time to talk with the Lord in a more relaxed atmosphere than the prior days of the week. I’ve certainly walked through periods of time when I felt dry, and sometimes when I didn’t even feel like talking to the Lord. Fortunately they were not long periods of time, and the occasional…

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‘They have no more wine.’ – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); In the story of the wedding at Cana, the wine runs out and Mary says to Jesus, ‘They have no more wine.’ She does not give him any instructions about what he might do; she just presents the situation as it is. Telling God what to do Often, when we pray, we like to tell God what to do. And there’s nothing wrong with this. Jesus says at one point in John’s gospel, ‘I…

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The Blessing of the Gift of Prayer – Christian Article

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the benefits of being a Christian. There are so many that I hardly know where to start. I can easily write about the gifts of justification, sanctification, or adoption (and many others similar to it). But in this post, I want to keep it simple. I want to focus on a blessing that we may sometimes overlook — the blessing of the gift of prayer. Isn’t it amazing that the God of the Bible allows…

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