Online class–Lord, It’s Boring in My Prayer Closet

Join me for an online class on prayer!

I teach an online  course based on my book, Lord, It’s Boring in My Prayer Closet, for BeADisciple.com–a great online site affiliated with Southwestern College that offers a variety of Christian classes for pastors, lay leaders and all who want to go deeper with the Lord.

 

For more info see click here: BeADisciple

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Is God Hiding His Face from America?

Photo of Hurricane Irma from space

Hurricane Irma from space

My heart has been heavy the last few weeks as I’ve prayed over all the disasters that have come upon the United States—floods from Harvey; wildfires across the mid and western states, Irma—one of the biggest and most destructive hurricanes to ever hit the Caribbean and Florida; a destructive earthquake in Mexico. And that doesn’t include the ongoing unstable political situations around the world.

Social media is full of requests to pray for the victims of all these disasters. And while we should pray, I’m saddened that the majority of Americans and many Christians do not have a clue as to what these disasters might be pointing to for the future of America as a nation.

It is definitely not politically correct to say that a God of love would ever bring such disasters intentionally upon America, but if you’ve read the Old Testament, you know that God often brought judgments upon His people when they turned from Him. His judgements were never meant to totally destroy them, but to turn them back to Him!

Many Americas and Christians are ignorant of what God’s Word says on such topics as abortion, homosexuality and a multitude of other sins, and thus have been swept up into a worldview that accepts everything under an umbrella of  God’s love.  Even our churches have taken ungodly positions, leading many astray.

We cry out to God in our disasters, but the rest of the time we push Him out of our government, our schools and our lives. We tell Him to “leave us alone.” Perhaps that is what He is now doing.

Ann Graham Lotz, Billy Graham’s daughter, evangelist and author, believes God may be hiding His face from America, withdrawing His divine protection due to her sin.

“God always warns a nation that judgment is coming,” Lotz says. “He does not want any to perish. But if a nation does not heed His warnings, then He will unleash His anger and there is nothing — no one — who can prevent it. If God would judge His own beloved nation of Judah, why would we think America could escape?”

Lotz contends that if the premise is true that America is coming under God’s judgement and He is “removing His blessing, protection and favor,” the solution will not be found in politics or in the economy or in the military or in technology. The only solution will be found on our knees as we humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and repent of our sin. (2 Chronicles 7:14) And then plead for Him to return to us, as we return to Him. Now is the time to get serious.” (The Christian Post, 9/10/17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

New online class: Lord, It’s Boring in My Prayer Closet!

How to Revitalize Your Prayer Life!

Next Monday, July 10th, I will begin teaching another 5-week session online  at BeADisciple.com. Work at your own pace during the week and then come join us for lots of discussion and fellowship on the Discussion Board! (Find the online course by clicking on the BeADisciple.com link.)

 Use this summer to go deeper in prayer. This course is based on a book by the same title and is taught by the author Sandra Chambers. In her book, Sandra shares her own struggles and victories as she has sought to overcome boredom in prayer and answer the question: “If prayer is so important, why is it so hard?” During this five-week study, participants will examine their own prayer life and be challenged to see and experience prayer in some new ways. Emphasis is on putting into practice what you are learning about prayer.

Geared for those new to prayer as well as seasoned prayer warriors, this course helps students to (1) understand why God gave us prayer, (2) discover their personal prayer sphere and their personal prayer passions, (3) use scriptures to form prayers and prayer declarations, (4) troubleshoot when their prayer life is offline and (5) explore related topics to prayer such as spiritual warfare and fasting.

Students will need to purchase a copy of the book Lord, It’s Boring in My Prayer Closet (How to Revitalize Your Prayer Life) by Sandra Chambers, and available at Amazon.com. The print copy of this book is recommended over the Kindle version.

AMAZON LINK: http://a.co/g7pFb

 

 

Praying God-Inspired Prayers

Bible and cup of coffeeOften our prayer time can feel more like a burden than a joy. In fact, it can be downright boring! Perhaps it’s because we’re going to God with our grocery list of needs and wants instead of listening to what God wants us to pray.

Joyce Meyer, in her book Hearing from God Each Morning says:

I think one of the reasons we sometimes feel unfulfilled in prayer or sense that we are not finished praying about a matter is that we spend so much time just praying our prayers. But—there is a better, higher, more effective way to pray: praying God’s prayers. To be honest with you, if I am praying my prayer, I can pray about something for fifteen minutes and still feel unfinished; but if I am being led by the Holy Spirit and praying God’s prayer, I can pray two sentences and feel completely satisfied.

One way we can learn to pray God-inspired prayers by using His Word to pray for ourselves and others, thus knowing we are praying in His will. I have used what I call “tweet prayers” which are scriptures or a combination of scriptures that are short and to the point.

(To download some examples, just click on the Free Download of Scripture Prayers From Book—under the picture of my book in the righthand column. The scriptures are listed by topics such as Healing, Trouble & Protection, Our Children, etc.)

God-inspired prayers bring life to our spirits and never become boring because the Holy Spirit breathes life into them. Give them a try this week in your prayer time.

 

 

Collegiate Day of Pray–February 23, 2017

cdop-2017-facebook-cover-851x315A Day of prayer for colleges across this nation! 

The Collegiate Day of Prayer is upon us. It is a day set aside for us to worship and contend together for the millions of college students in our nation.

One of the beautiful things about CDOP is that how you pray can vary and it is all heard before the Lord. Some will pray alone, some will host a prayer meeting, some churches & campuses do a 24-hour prayer meeting or prayer-walk their school. Truly, no prayer meeting is alike and the Lord loves them all! Continue reading