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The Purpose of Prayer & Why We Pray | Mark Batterson

What Is the Purpose of Prayer?

What Is the Purpose of Prayer?

“This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” – John 9:3 The primary purpose of prayer is not to change circumstances; the primary purpose of prayer is to change us! But either way, the chief objective remains the same: to glorify God in any and every situation.  My friends John and

Pray for Teachers, Students and Schools | How to Pray for Teachers

Prayers for Teachers, Students and Schools: FREE Downloads

How to pray for teachers, students, and schools consistently    I’ve been a student, a teacher, and now a parent of a student, and through it all I’ve learned that everyone involved in the education of school-age children could use our prayers. Whether you are a public school, private school, or homeschool family, a great

Go to Church, Take a Prayer Walk, Do a Prayer Dance

Planted, Plugged In, and Prepared A while back I saw a 60 Minutes special on a free diver named William Trubridge, who goes to extreme depths in the ocean on a single breath. It is incredibly dangerous. He descends 331 feet below the surface — twice the height of the Statue of Liberty — with

Your Prayers Have Power

God’s Promise When a believing person prays, great things happen. — James 5:16 NCV I accompanied Denalyn on some errand running recently. We stopped at a store called OfficeMax so she could buy a calendar. As we walked through the parking lot, I pointed at the sign and said, “Honey, this is my store. OfficeMax!”

The Lord My Rock

Yahweh Tsuri What better word than “rock” to represent God’s permanence, protection, and enduring faithfulness? When you pray to the Lord your Rock, you are praying to the God who can always be counted on. His purposes and plans remain firm throughout history. The New Testament identifies Jesus as the spiritual rock that accompanied the

Praying the Names of God: Father

Ab, Abba, Pater The Name Though the Old Testament provides many rich names and titles for God, the New Testament reveals Him most fully. Jesus, in fact, shocked and offended the religious leaders of His day by claiming that He had a Father/Son relationship with the God whose name they feared even to pronounce. Furthermore,

When Your Prayers Bounce Off the Ceiling: Wait on the Lord

 I was rewinding an old VHS tape to show Christian and his friends some footage from our trip to Scotland when he was two years old. “This is taking forever,” one of them said.
“Does this thing run on gas?” another asked.
I laughed at their horror of anything that takes longer than three seconds to load.

Wasted Prayer: Counteract Procrastination with a Yes

When I was in college, I listened to a lot of sermons by Louie Giglio. He led a citywide Bible study in Atlanta for many years, and I also heard him speak at a few conferences. One particular thing he said has stuck with me for more than a decade. In discussing a passage of

Prayer: The Garden of Gethsemane

  “Not My Will, but Yours” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”  — Luke 22:41–42 Gethsemane means “oil press.” The Garden of Gethsemane is mentioned in Matthew 26:36: Then Jesus went

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