Prayer is fundamentally talking to God about what He and I are doing together.   – paraphrased from Dallas Willard  Prayer then includes conversation, talking, silence, listening and interaction around God’s desires (hence, what He and I are doing together). Prayer can be request, worship, meditation, listening, talking, etc. Generally, prayer is paying attention and responding…

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Listening Prayer

When we engage in listening prayer, we are taking the time to be quiet in God’s presence in a posture of open readiness to receive His words and respond. God is in the driver seat, and we acknowledge that we can’t force him to saying something. We surrender to His terms and His timing. We…

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Centering Prayer

Centering prayer can also be identified as “silent prayer” or “prayer without words.”  It is the practice of gazing on God who gazes on us in love.  The word “centering” is used to emphasize focusing one’s attention and senses on the presence of God. It grants us permission to detach from thoughts and emotions that…

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Expecting Transformation

by Gabe Bernal Key Verse:  “And behold, there was a man named Zaccheus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because of his small stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore…

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Battle or Bless

by Fred Swartz Key Verse: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”  – Matthew 5:9, ESV  I have recently been quite frustrated with some decisions made that impact ministry for me.  My perception of those decisions, one in particular, is that they hinder mission and growth of the Kingdom.  Assuming for…

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Prayers and Blessing

by Karen Kurth Key Verse: “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s…

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A Life of Prayer

by Doug Mitts Key Verse: “It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”” –  Luke 11:1 NAS95 When it comes to prayer, I need help. Jesus, on the other hand,…

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Blessed Feet

by Julie Workman Key Verse: How beautiful on the mountains     are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace,     who bring good tidings,     who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion,     “Your God reigns!”  – Isaiah 52:7 NIV  Throughout middle school my feet seemed to take on a life of their own, growing significantly faster than the rest of me. In hindsight, I now…

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