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My Top Ten Prayer Mistakes and How to Avoid Them [Podcast Episode 6]


The following ten pitfalls of prayer are not in any particular order despite the fact they are written in a count down fashion. Written below is just brief synopsis of each. I go into more details about each and how to avoid them in the podcast.


10.  Promise to pray about things and then forget.  Few things make me feel so guilty as running into someone who really needs prayer and I even promised to pray for them, but then failed to.  I am learning to write some of these down on my to do list for the day.  It probably would behoove me to carry a

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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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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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Could This Prayer Have Saved Robin William’s Life?

robinPrayer can transform broken lives. But, do you know how to pray effectively when life hurts? I want to tackle one aspect of that in today’s post as I ponder the recent loss of the comedic genius Robin Williams. This post seems particularly timely during this week of National Suicide Prevention Week. Also, Sept. 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day Be sure and read this whole post because I have a free resource for you at the end.

People around the world deeply grieved the loss of actor Robin Williams. My daughter who is 20 upon hearing of his death rented “Hook” and watched it immediately. She just needed to once again brush up

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One thing you must do to move forward when forgiving others


THE PROBLEM
Hurts are hard to leave behind, especially if the other person has no remorse. Yet, God calls us through his Word to forgive as we are forgiven. Unfortunately, as much as I would like the Bible to say, “Only if they are really sorry and know exactly what they did wrong”, it doesn’t.

Several years ago, I struggled immensely with forgiving someone who was constantly working against me behind my back. He could without a hiccup in his conscience pump my hand eagerly after worship and tell me what a great sermon I had and then walk into the Fellowship Hall and tell another member, “I like him, he

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Small Group Prayer: 5 Tips for Praying with Others

For several months now I have been praying with three guys via phone on Wednesday mornings. This is one of the riches spiritual practices for me at the moment. If you’re not in a prayer group, I highly recommend finding or starting one.

THREE REASONS YOU SHOULD PRAYER WITH A SMALL GROUP
Wisdom: When I share personal prayer needs, these guys almost always have good Godly wisdom for me. Or, when they pray about my needs, the Holy Spirit seems to lead them to prayer more clearly than I have been able to.
Support: Perhaps, this is inherent to my statement above; nevertheless, I want to pull this out for attention. Hearing yourself prayed for is a powerful and moving experience. You feel less alone and problems seem so much smaller.

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