Let us commit to intercede for our elderly parents before the throne of grace. God cares about them, and we should not neglect to pray for them.
This series, Hear our Prayer, gives us a glimpse into the prayer lives of saints who have gone before us. In this prayer, Thomas à Kempis asks for the ability to rest in Jesus above all else.
You want to be sure that you run your race of faith in Christ with passion and zeal. So, is it possible to spot when you are at risk of becoming lukewarm in your relationship with the Lord? What would be some warning signs to look out for?
No man can be flawless. We are all humans. We make mistakes and we commit sin. To be a man of God is something that happens in the heart of a person. The question is: What is in your heart? What is flowing from your heart?
Pray that obedience to do God’s will might increase in the hearts of our people, and that He will pour out His blessings on the nation.
This prayer by Andrew Murray speaks of the importance of making time to listen to God, rather than just speaking to Him.
Praying Scripture over our lives remains the single most important prayer we can pray! Ask the Holy Spirit to establish the Word in your heart so that it becomes part of you – influencing the way you pray, think and live.
Make a list of names and regularly pray for the unsaved, other Christians and the nations. Follow the Andrew Principle.
Death is always traumatic and even more so when you lose one of your parents. How do I pray for someone whose parent has died?
This series, Hear our Prayer, gives us a glimpse into the prayer lives of saints who have gone before us. May this prayer and hymn by Horatius Bonar inspire and encourage us to fill every part of our lives with praise.
God is even more concerned about the salvation of the unsaved than we are. Therefore we can boldly come before His throne of grace, pleading for their salvation.
It’s difficult for boys to develop into men and fathers, without a father’s presence. A father’s life, example and prayers determine to a great extent his son’s life.
In the series, Hear our Prayer, we look at prayers of saints who have gone before us. May this prayer of Spurgeon stir a desire for revival in your heart.
Many people in the medical profession regularly have to work very long hours and have to deal with all kinds of stressful situations at work. Let us pray for them and for the conditions at medical facilities. (Ook beskikbaar in Afrikaans)
Baie mense in die mediese professie moet gereeld baie lang ure werk en het dikwels nie die nodige toerusting om hulle werk te doen nie. Vir baie is dit moeilik om die druk te hanteer. Laat ons vir hulle en vir die toestande by mediese fasiliteite bid.
Men have such an important God-given place and role in society, in the church and especially in families. Let us pray for their protection from evil and for them to receive strength and ability to take up their God-given role and mandate.
Whenever you pray for your child, do it as if you are interceding for his or her life – because that’s exactly what you are doing. Be diligent in praying for your children.
In the Word of God there are many comforting promises which deal directly with fear and anxiety. Hold on to the Word of God and his eternal promises.
We look at brief definitions of key words regarding the aspects of salvation in the life of every Believer.
When we act according to God’s Word (God’s will) and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit proclaim the truths of God, these proclamations become mighty ‘agents’ of change in the world.
Worthy is our Lord Jesus Christ! This article provides 30 Scriptures you can pray from your Bible about the person and character of the Lord Jesus. Ask the Holy Spirit to lay them as a foundation of faith in your heart, mind and spirit.
Meditating on the Word will become a time that you will treasure every day. Meditation is focussed repetition of Scripture verse(s) or phrase(s) with the focus on gaining a deeper understanding or revelation of God’s intention for you, or just simply of the verse/phrase itself.
When one parent has to take all the responsibility of caring for children, it requires massive adjustments and a host of coping skills. How do you pray for yourself and your children as a single parent?
While people honestly want to spent time with God, they simply just do not know where to start and what to do. In this article we provide some practical guidelines to help you spend the desired time with the Lord.
It is important to understand that as priests of God, all Christians are now called to priestly intercession. Jesus is our great High Priest. As a priest, His role is that of intercessor and we would do well to emulate Him.
Having a miscarriage or having a stillborn baby, is devastating. After such an event a woman may enter a time of deep sadness and even depression. We have a look at what and how we can pray for these grieving women.
Is one prayer position better than another? Scripture does not really recommend a specific prayer position, but it does identify some distinct physical prayer positions of different people in the Bible.
Some aspects of salvation and the terminology used can be complicated. This is the second article in our 2-part series providing brief summaries of these sometimes complicated terms.
Some aspects of salvation and the terminology used can be complicated. In a 2-part series we provide brief summaries of these sometimes complicated terms. In this first article the focus is on sin, iniquity and transgressions.
The Bible is filled with examples of many different types of prayers and uses different words to describe the practice. For example, 1 Timothy 2:1 says, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.”
During harvest time (also in the spiritual sense), the services of watchmen are essential. All over the world it is now harvest time, that is why we currently need watchmen – to watch over God’s harvest (Joh.17:12) and to protect it.
‘Not all intercessors always use lists, but keeping a prayer list has both a Biblical basis and a practical significance for meaningful intercession’. – Dick Eastman
Many women have had one or more abortions, and thousands are currently considering having an abortion. An estimated 200,000 abortions take place in South Africa every year. How can we pray about this practice and for everyone involved?
After you have forgiven offences over and over again for many years, you have just reached your very end. It may feel like your willingness to do what is right before the Lord is spent. Here are some thoughts to consider about dealing with recurring offences.
Take a moment to think about it. Are you specific in your requests to God? How about starting an “Impossible Prayers” list to pray?
Different Bible reading approaches work for different people. The essence though, is to ‘eat’ the Word of God on a regular basis as it is food for the spirit man. It helps us hear God’s voice, softens our hearts, convicts us of sin and stirs up a desire within to worship the Living God.
The challenges of the past year have definitely brought many to a transition of some kind, including spiritual transition. How do I recognise whether I am in a transition right now? How do I respond to life during times of transition?
To dedicate your heart to God is to make a conscious, willing decision to surrender your soul, mind, heart, and body to God. This decision must be one of free will, mindful of the cost thereof, and flowing from a deep affection for God. You cannot keep such a resolution by striving alone.
Why would you want to consecrate yourself to God? Are you not consecrated once you get saved? Consecration to God is an important spiritual activity that many believers reach in their relationship with the Lord once they come into a deeper desire and pursuit of Him.
There is great value in periodically evaluating the true state of our spiritual life and walk with Christ. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you prayerfully go through each of the questions provided in this article.
We need a miracle to achieve reconciliation, and the restoration of economic and social opportunities for every person in our nation. As believers in Christ we have the opportunity to be part of that miracle. As Christians we need to recognise how Christ has reconciled us to God and to each other.
We have plenty of personal problems, friends and family that keep us on our knees, so we do not really go looking for more prayer material. But does God expect us to also pray for people we do not really know?
We have all at one time or another struggled to fall asleep – that moment when your head touches the pillow and immediately your mind starts racing with fears and worries! What can you do when this happens?
Violence and immorality are on the rise. Our society is pleasure mad. False prophets – “angels of light” – have already deceived many with their doctrines of demons. Even with these powerful warnings about the dangers of neglecting prayer, Christians still find it hard to pray.
In the first article on this topic we looked at some signs which can indicate that we are under demonic attack. Now we will focus on Scriptures that we can pray when we know that we are under demonic attack.
When you speak from the Bible in your prayers, you will be led to an entirely different place in prayer—one you might’ve not thought was humanly possible, simply because the language of the Bible is so absolutely different than our own.
Not all negative things in your life are due to demonic attacks. There are, however, some signs we can look out for which may indicate that we are indeed under demonic attack.
It is true that we do not understand the complexity of evil and “why God allows it”. He gave us a free will to make our own choices, so that we are not robots forced to do God’s will.
The Lord’s Prayer starts with: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name . . . ” Let us teach our children to hallow God’s name. He loves to hear children praise Him!
Laat ons dan ons oë vestig op ons Here Jesus Christus wanneer ons die simbole van die brood en die wyn neem tydens nagmaal. En laat ons onthou wat dit beteken dat sy liggaam vir ons gebreek is en sy bloed vir ons gestort is vir die vergifnis van sondes.
Let us fix our eyes on our Lord Jesus Christ when we take the symbols of bread and wine during communion, and remember what it means that His body was broken for us and His blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins.
Too often we just want to take the fast-lane and start to pray for our wives. Let God the Holy Spirit first deal with you and your own heart before you pray for your wife.
Learning to pray to God as a perfect loving Father, might just become one of the most healing experiences in your life, if you are willing to take a step in faith.
God answers all prayers. When the answer doesn’t come immediately, there is a God-reason for it. Always.
Sin is a very serious matter. God hates it and according to Romans 6:23 “The wages of sin is death…”
After the elders and ministers had prayed and laid their hands on AW Towzer on the day of his ordination, he withdrew to meet his Saviour in the secret place. And in the silence, he went farther than his well-meaning brethren could take him.
God responds to our prayers. Have no doubt about it.
How do we pray for the Church in the midst of difficult challenges? We provide some Scripture references you can use to pray for your church.
Our ability to keep our tongue in check equals our level of maturity as well as self-control, whether you are a believer or not! What comes from your mouth?
A prayer for revival from Scripture that can be read together as a group or by individuals as part of their prayer or devotional times.
Hannah could be called “the First Lady of Prayer”, because she’s the first woman whose petition is recorded in Scripture. Her story shows us how God uses deep human need as a springboard to accomplish his purposes. When he does this, believers receive answers they can hardly believe.
We have a society where people feel increasingly lonely, have no sense of belonging and where life has no purpose. There are 3 big factors that contribute to this today.
It is particularly upsetting to learn that your child has a chronic illness or disability and this puts immense pressure on marriages. Pray for these children and their families.
You can’t change merely by changing your thinking, or through great acts of will, but rather by changing what you love most.
God our Father rules the universe from a throne where angels day and night say: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.” The apostle Paul wrote: “Who are you, a human being, to talk back to God?” (Rom.9:20).
When you come to the point that you believe you, at last, understand God, you must know that the ‘god’ you think you understand, is a construction of your imagination.
Dementia is a very trying condition, especially for those caring for a family member suffering from the disease. We look at the impact of this disease, and how we can pray for sufferers and their families.
Jesus was so clear about believers ministering to the poor and those in prison. It is not possible for everyone to be personally involved in prison ministry, but we can pray!
Praise God that through technology it is possible to build a virtual prayer wall – praying for His kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven, so that He may be glorified!
Reading God’s Word is one of the sure ways to draw closer to Him and to hear Him speak to you, personally.
Without the power of the Holy Spirit, believers cannot live in victory and do the work God has given to us. We receive the power and fullness of the Holy Spirit by praying and asking God for it.
The individuals in essential law enforcement services need our ongoing prayers and support to enable them to execute their duties effectively and safely.
Jesus taught us to pray for the hallowing of God’s name in all the earth (Matthew 6:9). For the hallowing of God’s name as King of the nations, Lord of the peoples, Saviour of sinners, Defender of his people, Provider for the poor, Father to the fatherless, and Deliverer of the oppressed. Let us pray accordingly.
Before the storms of suffering blow against a person’s soul, we should try to put five foundation stones under their faith.
At least 1.3 billion people do not have the full Bible available in their first language. Much prayer is needed for the work of Bible translation so that all people can have access to God’s Word in their heart language.
The Bible gives many promises to all believers. Here are 20 of those promises that you can pray.
An unmarried woman who receives the news that she is pregnant might feel completely overwhelmed by the choices she needs to make that will ultimately alter her own life, as well as that of her baby. This is often accompanied by shame, fear and a sense of failure.
We may know failure and lack of fruit; but the Lord is never defeated. There is no limit to His power. How can His power be shown in our hearts and lives? How can we serve the Lord in His power?
I didn’t grow up in a family where we had family devotions together? What do I do? We provide some guidelines on how to establish family devotions in the home.
The world is one big mess with one disaster after another accompanied by wars, violence, destruction and sickness. No wonder that people are more anxious and feelings of hopelessness are rampant. Proverbs 4:23 warns us “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
Are you anxious about something? When you dwell on that anxiety long enough, you will start to worry about it. If you let these thoughts go unchecked, they will multiply. How can we overcome anxious thoughts?
It is not only permissible to enjoy God in worship, it is absolutely essential if we are to truly honour Him.
This is the second article in our series, Hear our Prayer, and features a prayer for holiness by Susanna Wesley.
A persevering personal intercessor can lift the pressure and burden from a spiritual worker. However, it is imperative to choose such a person wisely with God’s guidance. An unwise choice may do the spiritual worker more damage than good.
This new series, Hear our Prayer, gives us a glimpse into the prayer lives of saints who have gone before us. In this first article, we feature Andrew Murray’s prayer for the church.
A personal intercessor is simply someone who undertakes to intercede for someone else’s personal needs. It need not be someone with a so-called ‘gift of intercession’.
The early church surely looked like it was on the “wrong side of history,” but instead it changed history with a dogged adherence to the biblical gospel. That should be our aspiration as well.
When you set up an interactive prayer room, provide clear instructions at each prayer station to guide visitors on how to pray. This article provides some guidelines to set up a prayer room that focuses on prayer against crime, corruption and violence.
It is important for parents to pray for the schools their children attend, and for pupils also to pray for their schools. However, it is just as vital for churches and prayer groups to add schools to their prayer responsibility.
The 24-7 Prayer Movement initiated the spread of interactive prayer rooms. Nowadays, prayer rooms are decorated and “prayer stations” are created by utilising the walls and floor space.
When we read the Bible we tend to focus on the promises of Jesus, but not always that much on His commandments. Here are 25 of Jesus’ commandments to make part of your everyday life.
Growing in the fruit of the Holy Spirit is how the character of Christ is formed in, and shown through, us! This is an invitation to pray through Galatians 5:22-26. Consider seriously praying this Scripture every morning over your life and the lives of your family members.
Poverty is a growing problem. It has been part of mankind for thousands of years and will be with us until the end of time. The point is we must do something about it! The most effective thing to do is to pray, but praying alone is not enough.
Christ’s messages to the churches of Asia Minor in the first century can be found in Revelation 2-3. These messages speak to churches throughout the ages. By praying through these chapters, you can plead with God to bring revival and change to your church.
Loss and grief are an inevitable part of every person’s journey through life. In the Bible we read that Job’s peaceful and prosperous life was changed from one day to the next. Although Job wrestled with God, he eventually saw that God was still sovereign, still in control and still knew what He was doing.
Christians are in danger of allowing things and people to become more important, to receive a greater priority in their lives, than God. In 1 John 5:21, the apostle John warns believers to keep themselves from idols. We need to deal with these in order to experience revival in our lives.
Revival comes through Divine intervention from God. To be granted revival calls for believers to seek God in faith and with prayers that are saturated with the Word of God.
In Nehemiah 1, Jerusalem was in ruins, and God’s name and glory were at stake. In calling on God to restore Jerusalem, Nehemiah quotes from Deuteronomy. In the same way there are Scriptural reasons why God should grant genuine revival to His church.
In the Bible we find many instances that clearly show us the will of God. We do not have to pray about these constants. We simply need to obey and apply them.
Many people are asking questions about the complicated issue of same-sex marriages. There is wide consensus among many Biblical scholars about a Biblical view of this.