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“Prayer is more powerful than habits, heredity, and natural tendencies. It can overcome all these. It is more powerful than the forces that hold the planets in place. Prayer, though it comes from the heart of an unlearned child of God, can suspend the laws of the universe, if such be God’s will, just as the sun stood still when Joshua prayed. There is no other power on earth that the enemy of souls hates and fears as he does prayer. We are told that ‘Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees.’”
[Matilda Andross “The Life That Wins”]

Today I am sharing with you “5 Prayer Prompts” that keep me on my toes in prayer.  They are simple, easy, and effective, but help keep me intentional when I’m busy.

Pick a few this week and give them a try.

Prayer-Stops– Each week choose a person you are going to pray for every time you come to a stop light.  Get your kids to participate if they are in the car with you.  It is a great way to model prayer habits in front of them, and let them know we can pray anywhere and anytime.

On-the-Road Prayers-  In this day and age, people spend an enormous amount of time in their cars. Cars are loaded with all kinds of entertainment:  satellite radio, DVD players, ipod docks, etc.  To take prayer on the road with you, I challenge you to turn it all off for a portion of your drive and pour your heart out to God in prayer.

Hand-Washing Prayer – Each time you wash your hands throughout the day, call in prayer the names of the lost loved ones, friends, or anyone you know of that needs salvation.  Ask God to make himself known to them as never before, and bring cleansing to their heart and soul through the blood of his Son Jesus.

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Write & Mail a Prayer- Think of someone that is in great need of prayer and encouragement.  Send them a card of encouragement and close in a handwritten prayer that is in your own words.  When my Mom was sick, she would read her cards over and over.  This is something so simple, yet very powerful in the life of the one who receives it.

Phone-Alarm Prayers- For those prayer promises you made to someone that you would pray for them, or those pressing needs that require serious intentional prayer.  Don’t just talk about it or worry about it…PRAY!  Set your alarm to remind you, and no matter where you are when the beep sounds, breathe a prayer.

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I hope you enjoyed these simple creative prayer prompts and will implement a few of them on your faith journey!



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2) Visually Rich – We seek new and creative ways to visualize God’s work across the globe. The millennial generation, more than any previous generation, is highly visual. We hope to stimulate the hearts of our generation by speaking with color, contrast, movement, and light.

3) An Open Network – We built this platform to harness the power of an open network. Rather than taking a top-down approach, where staff members up at the top decide what content should be disseminated, we want to give voice to believers everywhere. YOU will generate and aggregate our content. We hope that many powerful stories will go viral, pulling our hungry hearts up outside our monotonous daily routines, into God’s history-shaping work.


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We love the arts! When a church expresses the arts as part of a worship experience, there is a constant glory experienced. God’s first identity was a Creator and this is one of His most powerful identities. We want to release not only the whole church into a creative identity, but we also believe in empowering the visual arts with dance, fine arts, drama, film, poetry, and more.


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The Fight Like A Girl Club was formed to provide a welcoming place where women (men are welcome, too!) battling cancer and other diseases, survivors, and loved ones can come together to share stories, experiences, hope, and encouragement with one another, a place where you can come to relax and devote time to yourself, a place where you feel accepted and cared about, a place to soothe your soul with meditations, poems, and inspirational quotes, to release your fears and anxieties through sharing and writing, to put your problems on the backburner while playing games and puzzles, to request Prayer from others who truly care, a place to


Crown of Beauty

21-year-old Livy Jarmusch lives in North Carolina where she stargazes, dreams, writes, composes love songs for Jesus, and worships the Lord with singing.
As the founder of Crown of Beauty
Magazine, she strives to reach young girls and inspire them to realize their true worth. She loves fairy tales, the smell just after it rains, golden retriever puppies and peppermint ice-cream cones. If you want to really get to know her, follow her on Pinetrest, and if you find yourself repining everything…you’re sure to be the best of friends.


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NightLight is an international organization compelled by love to reach out to, rescue, and restore all those who are negatively impacted by sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

Our local offices build relationships with victims of commercial sexual exploitation and those who are at-risk and provide hope, intervention, rescue, and assistance by offering alternative vocational opportunities, life-skills training, and physical, emotional, and spiritual development to those seeking freedom. NightLight builds support networks internationally to intervene and assist women, men, and children whose lives are negatively impacted by the sex industry.

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“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2


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In 2001, Dave Batstone discovered that his favorite Bay Area restaurant had been the center of a local human trafficking ring that forcefully brought hundreds of teenagers from India into the United States.
He realized this was part of a growing international issue affecting every industry and corner of the earth. From there, Batstone wrote the book Not For Sale in 2007, and our organization was born.

Scriptures Unfolding the International Blessing

Foundational for blessing all nations with Abraham’s Faith

Genesis 12:1-3

Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Genesis 18:18

Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

Genesis 22:15-18

And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Genesis 26:4

And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;

Genesis 28:14

And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Acts 3:25-26

Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

Galatians 3:6-9

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Isaiah 49:6

And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth

Romans 15:8-9

Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.

Galatians 3:14

That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.


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Sparkling Gems from the Greek

Brilliant devotional by a brilliant Bible scholar

Rick Renner was a missionary to Russia and has written a superb devotional breaking down the meaning of Greek words in an easy-to-read daily devotional. Each reading includes a prayer to pray and a declaration to speak at the end.




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