Ideas to Jumpstart Prayer, from Revive Our Hearts
It is so important to cultivate prayer in our ministries, and this article as several ideas for that. The first point, pray now, is something I am trying to do more of in my life.
My experience has been that many believers aren’t opposed to prayer, but they don’t really feel effective while doing it. The contexts feel boring, they don’t have time, or they just don’t know what to say. So here are a few ideas to jumpstart prayer in your church or ministry.
Managing the Overwhelming Prayer List, also from Revive Our Hearts
We long to be leaders who are true to our promise to pray. Our hope is that when we commit to intercede for someone, then it’s equally true we’ll follow through. Without a system for prayer I’m guilty of forgetting, so I offer an adaptable method to organize your prayer life.
This is a simple idea for a prayer system. I have used PrayerMate, this is kind of a paper version of that.
4 Questions To Answer Every Time You Schedule a Meeting, Selma Wilson
Meetings are one of the most strategic decisions you will make as a leader. Meetings can be a driving force for developing people, advancing opportunities, and solving challenges effectively. They can reinforce mission, values, and operational milestones serving to guard alignment and anchor a culture. Meetings can also become a waste of time and an organizational drain rather than an organizational accelerator.
Well, the quote says it all. If you are in charge of planning meetings for your women’s ministry, this is worth the quick read.
This is an interesting perspective on using facebook to enter another’s sorrow…
… those who might never talk in person about their grief will sometimes write about it on a blog or Facebook page. They are more comfortable sharing it that way and perhaps more comfortable receiving expressions of caring that way too.
Not long ago, I asked my pastor about the difference between meditation and prayer, as the two can be hard to distinguish. He replied, “In Scripture, God speaks to us. In prayer, we speak to him. What he says to us prompts what we say to him.”
To meditate, then, is to think deeply about what God has said to us in Scripture and to prepare our minds and hearts for prayer. Scripture fuels meditation, and meditation fuels prayer.
But what exactly does meditation look like? The Psalms give at least five steps for meditating on God’s Word. We meditate to focus, understand, remember, worship, and apply.
I just signed up so I haven’t had a chance to look this over, but I am excited to. It is a free online course on the book of Genesis from Dallas Theological Seminary:
Genesis is taught by Dr. James Allman, DTS professor of Old Testament Studies. We believe that the whole Bible, as Paul says in Timothy, is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness”. That’s why we’ve made this course, Genesis, free for the first time.
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Summary of the OIA Method
Knowable Word has a good explanation of a Bible study that has been around for ages:
“The wonder of the OIA method is that it allows the text to speak to us, rather than reading our own meaning into the text. The beauty of the OIA method is that it can be taught at seminary and get very, very deep, or it can be taught to the youngest children, enabling them as well to know the Lord in his Word.” Check out Summary of the OIA Method.