How to Pray During Marital Conflict – Christian Article

This article is part of the How to Pray series. Be Armed and Ready Young couples are often inadequately prepared for the conflicts that they are sure to encounter in their marriages. Learning how to resolve conflict is one of the most vital skills to develop in marriage. The potential causes for conflict are virtually limitless; among the most common are issues related to sex, finances, and in-laws, not to mention parenting (for couples with children). Paul’s words to believers,…

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Bible Drive-Thru: Be Blessed – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

TODAY’S SPECIAL: 3 John 1-14 TO CHEW ON: “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 2 When you hear the word “blessing” what do you think of? Saying a prayer over food before you eat? The pastor praying a benediction at the end of a church service? You’re right – a blessing is these things, and more too. Any…

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Prayer Blessing for Teachers | DiscipleBlog.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Prayer Blessing For Teachers As the new school year begins, it is our hope and prayer that God fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. We pray that your classroom is a haven of love and peace where children, coworkers, and parents discover His grace and truth. Lord, thank You for every new teacher as they begin this new school year. Thank You for their ministry to Your children. Sustain them in health:…

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12 Powerful Faith-Building Reasons Why We Should Persist In Prayer – Christian Article

Why should we persist in prayer? Why should we keep asking God to help us, provide for us, save our children, or change impossible situations? So often when we pray it feels like nothing is happening, nothing is changing. Why should we keep going? Why should we keep asking? Over and over again, the Lord tells us to persevere in our prayers. To not give up. Over and over he promises that he is a God who answers prayer, who…

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Pray Before You Leap | Thoughts about God by Kathy Cheek – Christian Article

As I recently prayed about an important decision I needed to make, I remembered there was a time when I didn’t. As a young Christian I didn’t even know that I should. When I was in my early twenties I moved without even praying about it. I loved God and it was not my intention to go the wrong way, I just had not learned yet that we are to seek God as we make choices and decisions. I just…

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Hungry Hippo Prayers, Story Links and Talking Points – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This Summer we are experimenting with a ‘board games cafe’ once a week at the local community centre. It’s probably wrongly named because none of the games need a board, but they are all popular and readily available children’s games! It got me thinking about how we could use the games as a church activity as well, so this is the first instalment of some prayers and activity ideas based on games… You will need: A Hungry Hippos game (or…

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Rooted in Prayer: Praying on Our Student’s Behalf – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Monday on the youth ministry side of the blog, we looked at St. Paul’s “rubric” of three different types of prayers we can speak over our students. Today, we’ll take a closer look at prayers of petition. Are you ever baffled by what constitutes a “normal” week in the life of a High Schooler? While I am still relatively new to Youth Ministry, the schedule of a 2019 teen never ceases to amaze me. School, soccer practice, ACT tutor, friend…

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How to Pray for Unbelieving Family Members – Christian Article

This article is part of the How to Pray series. God Cares for Us One of the greatest concerns—and heartaches—for many Christians is with the members of their families who have not come to faith in Christ, or who perhaps have abandoned the faith they grew up with. Many, many of us are burdened in our prayers for such loved-ones, and sometimes it is hard to know how and what to pray. That can be so even for Christians who…

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Pray for the Persecuted Church – Christian Article

[See books in the Bible Gateway Store on the subject of Christian persecution] Around the world, Christians will observe the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (#IDOP) on November 3 & 10, 2019. The term “persecuted Christians” refers to any person who is harassed or attacked simply because they identify as being a Christian. Examples of persecution faced by Christians include, but is not limited to, beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, and discrimination…

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How to Pray vs. How Not to Pray – Christian Article

Is there a wrong way to pray? Of course. You can pray to the wrong gods, in the wrong places, for the wrong reasons. This is one of the reasons why Jesus taught his disciples the difference between right and wrong praying. The context is the sermon on the mount. When the sermon gets to prayer, Jesus says: “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at…

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Guess Who Prayers, Story Links and Talking Points – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Guess Who is a popular and easy game that even younger children can play. Here are some ideas about how you might connect the game with God… Story link:  You formed the way I think and feel.    You put me together in my mother’s womb.14 I praise you because you made me in such a wonderful way.  I know how amazing that was! Psalm 139: 13-14 Talking Points: What is special about you? How are we similar and different to the people around…

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Confession is a Radical Reliance Upon Grace – Christian Article

One day it dawned on me.  I had become the very thing I hate–  a hypocrite.   A pretender.  Two-faced. I’d written sermons about people like me. Christians who care more about their appearance than integrity. I knew what I needed to do.  I’d written sermons about that too!  1 John 1:8-9 says, “If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins because we…

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Prayer, Praying, Praying for Children – Christian Article

Tweet Parents never give up on their children, no matter what, so here are 7 prayers that you can pray for your adult children. Prayer of Protection When we pray for our children, we need to be specific and to pray for their protection. Pray for their protection from the enemy or the god of this world (2 Cor 4:4), and against those who still are held captive and may try to bring our children back into the world, so…

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Teach Your Children to Pray – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Begin early to establish prayer in your children about big and little things. Dr Charles Stanley said, “The reason we should teach little children to pray about the little insignificant things (but significant to them) very early in life, is so they learn that if they talk to God, He will answer their prayers.” The more they see and hear you pray, the more it will become a part of their lives. As you point out answers to prayer, the…

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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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