Holy Week is an almost entirely private event in our culture. Apart from Palm Sunday and Easter there are no public holidays, no processions, no pageantry, often not even Church services to mark the last days of Christ on earth. There may be some evening worship, mostly poorly attended, to guide us through His passion.
But this is a week that deserves our focused attention even if we are busy and find no time to attend church. Why the Cross? is a collection of meditations, beginning with Palm Sunday, resting briefly on every day's events, reaching into Good Friday with reflections on the Seven Last Words of Christ on the cross, and moving on to the stillness of Holy Saturday and finding its climax in the celebration of Easter.
This is a book superbly suited to the needs of those who want to understand His passion for abundant life, who wish to go beyond the facile phrases of pulpit lingo, who suspect that He did not come to die but to live that we might have life. This journey through Holy Week dwells on the various representations of the cross in art history. It encourages the readers not just to think about that cross, but to make it and take it up and follow Him who gave His life on it.
Someone has said that prayer is not about overcoming God’s reluctance, but about laying hold of His willingness. This can also be said of healing ministry ~ it is not about overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness to heal. God’s willingness is seen in His Word, where He has repeatedly revealed His desire to heal His people. The format of healing Scriptures and healing prayers is designed to help you lay hold of God’s willingness to heal you by laying hold of His Word and praying it back to Him in faith.
The Bible says that “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). The Word of God reveals the will of God, and so enables us to pray effectively. “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15). Healing is the will of God for His people, as these Scriptures show, so you can pray confidently, knowing that He hears you, and that you will receive your healing. In this book you will discover:
• God’s healing words in the Old Testament
• How healing is revealed in the names of God
• Choosing life
• God’s healing words in the New Testament
• The healing ministry of Jesus
• The healing ministry of the disciples
• Life restoration stories in the Bible
• How healing is revealed in the name of Jesus
• The Lord’s Prayer as healing prayer
• The Lord’s Supper as healing prayer
This is also a great tool to help you minister healing to others.
The New Testament apostles did. They prayed with passion and power ~ and turned their world upside down. We are not all called to be apostles, but we are called to be apostolic people and help establish the work of God in others by our prayers.
In this book, you will discover the principles that made them so effective in their prayer life: a heart perfected in love, a habit of devotion, a deep confidence in God and His Word, and a reliance upon the Holy Spirit. You will also learn how to pray the prayers they prayed ~ the apostolic prayers of the New Testament. These are powerful prayers because they express, not only the hearts of the apostles, but the heart of God:
• Ground-breaking evangelistic prayers that empower the work of the Gospel and prepare hearts to receive it
• Pastoral prayers that build up churches and establish Christians in the faith
• Benedictions that water God’s people with the blessings of heaven
• Prayers of thanksgiving that return praise to the “Lord of the Harvest” for what He is doing in His people
• Doxologies that praise God for who He is and declare His glory and goodness
Saint Augustine of Hippo (354–430) wrote:
In the Catholic Church, there are many other things which most justly keep me in her bosom. The consent of peoples and nations keeps me in the Church; so does her authority, inaugurated by miracles, nourished by hope, enlarged by love, established by age. The succession of priests keeps me, beginning from the very seat of the Apostle Peter, to whom the Lord, after His resurrection, gave it in charge to feed His sheep (Jn 21:15–19), down to the present episcopate.
And so, lastly, does the very name of Catholic, which, not without reason, amid so many heresies, the Church has thus retained; so that, though all heretics wish to be called Catholics, yet when a stranger asks where the Catholic Church meets, no heretic will venture to point to his own chapel or house.
Such then in number and importance are the precious ties belonging to the Christian name which keep a believer in the Catholic Church, as it is right they should ... With you, where there is none of these things to attract or keep me... No one shall move me from the faith which binds my mind with ties so many and so strong to the Christian religion... For my part, I should not believe the gospel except as moved by the authority of the Catholic Church.
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Because Bounds so diligently practiced what he preached, he was able to capture the essence of prayer and his works live on to call today's Christians to higher discipleship and more energetic prayer lives.
Prayer is practical, Williamson tells us. "To look to God is to look to the realm of consciousness that can deliver us from the pain of living." Illuminata brings prayer into our daily lives, with prayers on topics from releasing anger to finding forgiveness, from finding great love to achieving intimacy. There are prayers for couples, for parents, and for children; prayers to mend broken relationships and prayers to overcome obsessive and compulsive love. There are prayers to heal the soul, prayers to heal the body, and prayers for work and creativity.
Williamson also gives us prayers for the healing of America, including two prayers that have had powerful effects on audiences at her lectures: a prayer of amends on behalf of European Americans to African-Americans and one to Native Americans. How, Williamson asks, can we expect anyone to forgive when we have made no formal apology?
Another section includes rites of passage, ceremonies of light for the signal events in our lives: blessing of the newborn, coming of age, marriage, and death. There is also a ceremony of the elder, for moving into midlife, and a ceremony of divorce, in which a gentle transition is provided for both the couple and their children.
"Read my prayers or someone else's," Williamson says. "By all means, create your own." Illuminata is a way to bring prayer into practical use, creating a sweeter, more abundant life for yourself and the people you care for. "No conventional therapy," she says, "can release us from a deep and abiding psychic pain. Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere: a peace that is not of this world."
By dividing one hour into twelve five-minute "points of focus," such as praise, waiting, confession, and Scripture praying, believers will develop a more consistent habit of daily prayer. The Hour That Changes the World draws heavily on Scripture and classic devotional writers and includes an appendix titled "Scriptural Intercession."
This 25th anniversary edition features a new introduction by Eastman and a new foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada, in which she writes: "The Hour That Changes the World may appear small and modest, but don't let its size fool you. Full of biblical insights about prayer, packed with testimonies of prayer warriors from years past, brimming with practical suggestions that will help you carve out a purposeful time of praise and intercession, Dick Eastman's book is arguably the most significant book on prayer written in modern times."
long to be connected in a deeper way to Jesus?
Would you like to see His presence at work in your life in a greater
Then pray the Word for a month and watch your relationship with Jesus
Christ grow. Based of verses of Scripture, these prayers will open your heart
to the purposes of God in your life. The prayers and Scriptures from which
they come will stimulate you to surrender to the power of God’s Word and you
will experience His presence in a fresh way. Why not pray the Word this month
and see what happens?
With more than 250,000 copies sold, this book is the in-demand, definitive guide to intercessory prayer. Join international prayer leader Cindy Jacobs as she equips you to be a victorious prayer warrior. Full of wisdom and strategic information, Cindy addresses these essential topics--and more:
· the call to prayer
· the nature and purpose of intercession
· spiritual accountability
· prophetic intercession and praise
· prayer watches and walks
· spiritual warfare
Now fully revised and updated, and with an in-depth study guide, the third edition of this classic offers more vital insights into militant intercession than ever before. Whether you are a beginning "pray-er" or an expert intercessor, you can learn to pray about matters on the heart of God--and possess the gates of the enemy.
Then, because God established and so honors the principle of authority, He will back you as you walk in the government He has delegated to you concerning your extended world--your home, family, business, and possessions.
Finally, God's plan is for you to partner with Him on the earth in broader realms of influence and authority--your universal world. Jesus, the sovereign King over the earth, wants to rule institutions, cultures, societies, and governments through you and your prayers.
Authority in Prayer will show you how to take hold of God's promises and pray with the authority He wants you to have. God needs you. Are you ready to use your God-given authority to further His kingdom?
This book is for you, a must have for every household.
A topical guide to the Bible that's as easy to use as a dictionary! Are you struggling with grief? Searching for God's comforting mercy and grace? Trying to learn how to raise your children in the Lord's way? Wouldn't you like to have the most significant verses from the Bible on those topics right at your fingertips? Well, now you do! Compiled by Merry Graham and Rachel Bye, international leaders of A Passion to Pray ministry, Scriptures at Your Fingertips is a handy, quick-reference guide that immediately offers what God's Word says on more than 200 important prayer topics.
And because the topics are arranged in alphabetical order, they're so easy to find. Perfect for beginning Bible students or for seasoned prayer warriors, this book is a must-have for people on the go or those who want to get more out of their prayer lives. Maximize your prayer time, and minimize your research time by having the Scriptures at your fingertips!
Previously published as A Call to Spiritual Reformation, this book has now been updated to connect more effectively with contemporary readers. A study guide, DVD, and leader's kit for the book are available through Lifeway and The Gospel Coalition.
Author Jacques Philippe develops a simple but important theme: we gain possession of our interior freedom in exact proportion to our growth in faith, hope, and love. He explains that the dynamism between these three theological virtues is the heart of the spiritual life, and he underlines the key role of the virtue of hope in our inner growth. Written in a simple and inviting style, Interior Freedom seeks to liberate the heart and mind to live the true freedom to which God calls each one.
Glorious LanguageAnd when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied (Acts 19:6). The Glory Within is about the glory of the new birth, the indwelling Spirit, and your call to right now access the life of God within you—through speaking in tongues. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues (Mark 16:17). Many Christians don’t realize the abundant, glorious benefits found in speaking in tongues. Realizing this gift brings you closer to God and your spiritual destiny in a variety of ways including: Engaging the revelatory realm of mysteries Edification Building a capacity for God Successful spiritual warfare Holiness And many other spiritual realities The lack of revelation of what you now possess and how to intimately access God may result in a less-than-fulfilling Christian experience and lifestyle. The Glory Within awakens your spiritual senses and inner spirit so you can become the person God created you to be.
In Pray Big for Your Marriage Davis helps readers combine God's teachings on marriage with his promises on prayer. He shows men and women how to pray specific, pinpoint prayers for their spouses. Complete with a month-long prayer plan, Pray Big for Your Marriage teaches readers how to pray for
• emotional and spiritual intimacy
• the spiritual growth of a spouse
• purpose in marriage
• protection from temptation
• and much more
Pray Big for Your Marriage is for all couples--those trying to save their marriage, enjoying marital bliss, or getting married soon.
Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
Exploring the prayer phrase by phrase, Morris shows the hope that can be found by gaining a deeper spiritual understanding of its words and by practicing its message. Enlightening and profound, The Way of Serenity includes moving narratives, illuminating historical anecdotes, and pertinent biblical passages that demonstrate the power of the Serenity Prayer to help us grow closer to God and find greater peace and happiness.
Greet the day with a celebration of sunrise -- and close it with deep appreciation for life's daily gifts and lessons. Here in one charming volume -- compiled by the author of the popular gift book Graces find an uplifting collection of readings, prayers and poems arranged in specific sections to make the joys of prayer a simple, natural part of each day. Special prayers bring motivation to Morning, and lullabies and musings help us focus on the peace of Nightfall. Other readings offer inspiration or comfort or guide us gently through private Reflections. Bedside Prayers is a lovely little gift book for anyone who would like to make the enjoyment of daily prayer as constant as the risings and settings of the sun.
While working on a humanitarian project related to exposing human trafficking, Jay and Michelle Brock felt they needed better and stronger prayer support. In an effort to learn more about prayer, the couple traveled the globe, exploring the great prayer traditions: in mountains and monasteries, in communes and cathedrals, standing up and lying down, every hour and around the clock. Jared’s witty reflections on his fast-paced journey will both entertain and prompt you to think about your own prayer life.
As you follow Jared on his eclectic journey, you’ll discover an expansive vision of what prayer can be and how much it is has changed the course of human history.
Spark growth in your own prayer life with this exhilarating and charming journey through prayer.
Greatest Prayers of the Bible explores the intersection between ordinary and
great prayers. Featuring actual prayers from biblical heroes such as Solomon,
Hezekiah, Jesus and many others, this book shows you how to pray and achieve
results from God the way that spiritual giants of the Bible did. In this book,
• Learn why profound vocabularies and long speeches are not necessary in order
to achieve miraculous results
• Learn how spoken and unspoken prayers can unlock healing, miracles and great
• Learn how to pray and receive what you ask from God and more!
• Examine what roles faith, humility, brokenness and the willingness to
struggle play in getting your prayers answered.
This thorough study of the Bible’s greatest prayers reveals astounding truths
about prayer and how to actually get miraculous results. By the time you finish
this book, your old notions will be replaced by the reality of how real people
prayed and achieved tremendous results. Prepare to move beyond rituals and
learn how to shake heaven and earth as you pray the way great people of the
This book gives insight into the prayers that God always answers. It will help readers to understand God's heart so that they can pray in accordance with His will. There are many topics of prayer that this book discusses including; praise, thanksgiving, confession, intercession, and petition. Jason Frenn says, "My desire is that this book completely transforms your life!"
In this wonderful collection, famed theologian Dr. John Baillie shares personal prayers for people who are seeking a better understanding of God and themselves. Organized by morning and evening—with special prayers for Sundays—A Diary of Private Prayer is written with eloquence, piety, and directness. Blending praise and meditative thoughts about God with a concern for the social and individual good, these daily invocations help and inspire us to search our inner selves and find the deep religious beliefs that lie within.
First published in 1936, A Diary of Private Prayer remains a seminal Christian devotional with more than a million copies in print. This modern edition—completely redesigned into a gift package—admirably preserves all the qualities of the original, ensuring that the wisdom of God and the wonder of Baillie’s prayers remain accessible for many generations to come.
Contemplative Prayer is one of the most well-known works of spirituality of the last one hundred years, and it is a must-read for all seeking to live a life of purpose in today’s world.
In a moving and profound introduction, Thich Nhat Hanh offers his personal recollections of Merton and compares the contemplative traditions of East and West.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
In this unique book, Rosemary Jensen offers 31 prayer devotionals designed to direct thoughtful meditation on the attributes of God. Combining Bible study with focused prayer will enrich your personal devotional and worship time. Each devotional highlights one of God's attributes and structures prayer suggestions around the ACTS acrostic, representing the four different essentials of prayer--Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. Significant Scripture references are included to direct the reader's thoughts to focus on each attribute.
Attributes studied include:
Accessibility Creator Eternality Justice Personality Sovereignty