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Why I have a little orange army man in my prayer closet

When the whole nation had crossed the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men, one from each tribe, and command them to take twelve stones out of the middle of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests were standing. Tell them to carry these stones with them and to put them down where you camp tonight.”

Then Joshua called the twelve men he had chosen, and he told them, “Go into the Jordan ahead of the Covenant Box of the Lord your God. Each one of you take a stone on your shoulder, one for each of the tribes of Israel. These stones will remind the people of what the

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A Protestant Novena, A Dose of the Ghost

The following post was originally published May 12, 2010. I’ve republished this along with a related devotional series now compiled into one convenient nine day prayer guide about the Holy Spirit. The video is a recording of a live Facebook Session, done God-incidentally almost 7 years ago to the day of the original post. You can download your free copy of the prayer guide at the bottom of the post.  Blessings.


“Protestant novena” may be an oxymoron, because as far as I  know a novena is a totally catholic thing.  I wonder how many people reading this have even heard of a novena.  I never had until this morning.  Or, at least

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Prayer Instruction: How to Respond When God Answers

When God responds to a prayer it is a gift that we need to honor.  Here are three distinct ways that I try to respond to answered prayer.
 

1) Give thanks.  Give credit where credit is due.  When you see that God has done something acknowledge it.  Say to God that you realize He is at work in your life and you are grateful.

 

2)  Tell the story.  When God answers prayer share the story.  The psalms speak repeatedly about praising or thanking God publicly.  When we share stories about what God has done, we strengthen our faith and the faith of others.  When someone asks you how you are, if God has been evidently at work in your life, you can respond,

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Praying Scripture, Two Quick Prayer Techniques

Praying scripture can be a fantastic way to enrich your prayers.  Specifically, following scripture can move you to pray about things you normally wouldn’t, thus broadening your prayer life.  Also, praying scripture can help you focus and pray for longer periods of time.

Two simple techniques for praying scripture are:  1) Using scripture as a topical guide and 2) Paraphrasing Psalms.  Here are some example…

1. Using Scripture as a Topical Guide

Recently, scripture guided my prayers as I was sewing baby quilts and praying over them for the next generation.  I sew for about 30  minutes which can be a super long time to focus on a single topic.  I was struggling to keep praying until the Sermon on the Mount came to mind.  Last year I had memorized the Sermon on the Mount during Lent

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Staying Focused in Prayer, Lessons from My Lenten Discipline

 

Do you struggle with staying focused while you pray? You aren’t alone. In fact, this is the number one prayer problem people share with me. This shouldn’t surprise us in a culture that constantly interrupts us by texts, notifications, commercials every seven minutes on television and a host of other distractions. It’s a wonder anyone can focus.
 
Good news -You don’t have to be a victim to your wandering thoughts. With a few simple strategies even the most ADD person can reign their thoughts in and spend quality time with God in prayer. I was reminded of this simple fact recently when focus became a HUGE problem for me over the past four weeks. Here’s what happened and how I fixed

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The SOAP Bible Journaling Method

SOAP Bible Journaling Method
I am a big fan of using a structure for your devotional time. Following a structure inherently helps you overcome common problems people have keeping a consistent devotional time. I recently encountered a bible journaling model known as the SOAP method. This easy approach is very similar to the daily practice I followed in college. I just lacked the acronym. Before I break down the SOAP method, I want to interject a word about the benefits of adopting a structure for your bible reading time.
 

BENEFITS OF FOLLOWING A METHOD

First, a method helps you focus. A method offers you a pattern to come back to when your

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