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.  Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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

Using Focus Words

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I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways (Psalm 119:15 ESV)

While meditation is a tenant of Eastern religions, Christianity also embraces the practice. The difference is the “goal” of meditation. We’re not seeking to blend our minds and souls into some cosmic force. Instead, God instructs us to meditate on his Word in order to become more like Him.

Getting still enough to meditate is difficult for most people given our distractions and hurried lifestyle. It’s also difficult “not” to think about something as we try to quiet our minds and hearts. Recently, I’ve experimented with a practice I call “Focus Words” in my daily quiet time. Continue reading

Online Course based on my book!

Be A Disciple online class

Beginning January 16th I will be teaching an online class on prayer, based on my book, Lord, It’s Boring in My Prayer Closet (How to Revitalize Your Prayer Life) at BeADisciple.com.

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IFD236 – Lord, It’s Boring in My Prayer Closet: How to Revitalize Your Prayer Life
Course Dates: January 16 – March 3, 2017

Description:

If prayer is so important, why is it so hard? Many Christians struggle to overcome boredom and listlessness in prayer. During this seven week study, participants will examine their own prayer life and be challenged to experience prayer in some new ways that will revitalize their prayer life.

Geared for those new to prayer as well as seasoned prayer warriors, this course helps students understand why God gave us prayer and discover their “personal prayer sphere” and their personal “prayer passion.” Students will use scriptures in a new way to form prayers and prayer declarations, learn ways to fix a prayer life that is offline, and explore related topics such as spiritual warfare and fasting. Instructor Sandra Chambers will share her own struggles and victories as she has sought to become more engaged with her prayer life.

Click on “Be A Disciple online class”  above to go directly to the class listing where you can register.  And please share with friends!