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Prayer Is Hard (Feature Friday 08/09/19)

I know that it is good for me. It has proven fruitful and helpful in times past. There have even been occasions where I saw immediate results. And yet when it comes to prayer and being consistent in prayer, it’s difficult. I guess that is why they call it a discipline.

But what I have discovered over the past few years about prayer is interesting. What is difficult as a personal discipline is often difficult as a corporate discipline as well. In the multiple small groups I have led in the past few years, the prayer time can still be awkward, uncomfortable, and difficult to say the least. I have often wondered, is it worth it to keep forcing the issue.

The answer is a resounding YES! Keep praying as a group. Keep praying for one another and with one another. Ian Carmichael gives some great encouragement and ideas as to “How to Continue Steadfastly in Prayer at Group.” He provides needed optimism on praying together and helpful tips for the group.

So don’t give up, keep praying, read the article, and be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

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Feature Friday (1/27/17)

I rolled into bed, exhausted from another full day of work, honey do-list, playing with, bathing, putting kids to bed, and preparing for the next day. Just a quick “goodnight, I love you” to my wife and I was fast asleep. Oh how things have changed.

We used to crawl into bed and chat about our days for at least 30 minutes. But then came the greatest part…we would finish our day by praying with and for one another. I would lead my wife in prayer for our marriage, our family, and our ministries. It was a great time and an awesome rhythm, but life just seemed to happen and those intentional prayer times with and for each other are fewer and farther between.

Maybe you are in the same situation. You used to pray together as a couple every night. Or maybe you have never prayed together every night as a couple. Either way, there is no time like the present to restart or start this discipline. But how? Well, you’re in luck.

Starting on Monday January 30th you can begin a new 31 day challenge of praying with your spouse. Head on over to Mike Leake’s Pray with Your Spouse 31 Day Challenge and check out the steps to get in on this much needed discipline. During the 31 day period you will find a Focus, Accountability, Challenge, and Encouragement. So head on over to the 31 Day Pray with your Spouse Challenge and follow the steps to get started.

As always, be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (6/24/16)

“Read your Bible, pray everyday and you’ll…grow…grow…grow…” If you grew up in the church or around a Christian influence you are probably familiar with this song. It seems oversimplified. And to one degree it is. The Christian life is not just a 1+1=2 walk. However, there are certainly disciplines of the Christian life that really are means of grace from God. Two of the vital ones are Scripture reading and prayer.

But aside from reading random passages daily and muttering a few short prayers a day at meal time, how can one go deeper in your Bible study? Be encouraged! You are not the only one to have asked or be asking that question. A 13 year old girl once asked Pastor John Piper that very same question. You can find his letter of response here.

Enjoy! And as always, be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (8/28/15)

prayerConfession time, I struggle with busyness. I am told often that I am too busy. My wife tells me. My co-workers tell me. My family tells me. My own conscience tells me. While I know being busy is not equal to being effective or productive I find the actions of my life revealing otherwise. Recently, it has become clear to me that busyness is not just keeping me hectic it is also keep me from something I desperately need each day. Prayer! And it is when life gets so busy and prayer seems like such a slow down that I truly need it the most. However, it is during these times that I struggle with what to pray, even though there are a multiplicity of things that need prayer in my life. I hope this list of Seven Ways to Pray for Your Heart aids and encourages you as it has me today.

As always, be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (6/26/15)

Jamieson PrayingEver since I got married, I was looking forward to the opportunity and privilege it would be to be a dad. I wanted to teach my boys how to throw balls, dig in the dirt (although they seem to learn how to do that pretty naturally), and have fun in life. I wanted to teach my girls how a man should treat them, to take them out on daddy/daughter dates, and treat them like no other man ever will in their lives. However, by far the greatest goal I have as a father is to prayerfully point my kids to Christ. I want to teach them how to love God and love others and family devotions is a piece of that puzzle. But how does one do family devotions? Growing up in a family that did not do formal family devotions and having a wife whose family did more formal devotions, I always had the nagging question of how should a dad lead his family in devotions? In steps Don Whitney with a great little four minute video on “How to Do Family Devotions“.

Enjoy and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (3/27/15)

prayerWednesdays are always long days for me. Being a youth pastor and with our youth group meeting on Wednesday night, I start my day around 9AM and get home around 9:30PM. Don’t get me wrong I love my job and Wednesday’s are definitely a highlight, but there is one great time of the day I miss on Wednesday’s because it is such a long day. This part of my day is a routine activity in my life and the life of our family. It happens every night around the same time. What is it? It is our family prayer time. It happens as part of our bedtime routine for our son. But it is a great time of family unity as well. However, this article shared another great aspect of praying together with your children. I hope you enjoy it and are encouraged by it as I was.

As always, be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

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