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The Birthing of a Teen Intercessor

Recently, I was at a meeting with a team of us who will be headed to Costa Rica for a mission trip this summer and we were all sharing our testimonies.  Kyndell is a beautiful, sweet spirited, young woman who told us about how she grew up in a Christian home and how she thinks she's probably weird because she prays about everything and for everyone.  She teared up as she spoke and you could sense the passion within her.  She went on to say that she was hoping that the mission trip would help…

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One Little Girl's Prayer Closet



Whenever she opened the closet door, she imagined stepping into another world. It felt safe there. It was one of the few places that she ever felt safe. To most people this room would have had no appeal. The floor was covered with cracked, dirty linoleum, but she imagined a fine, plush, golden carpet. The air was filled with dust and the smell of moth balls, but she imagined spring flowers and fresh air. The walls were made of a pale, pink plaster which was cracked and peeling.…

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Peace with Authority In spite of Abuse

Last week I was meeting with one of our pastors about my passion for Discipleship.  In a prior meeting, I had shared some things with him that caused him to go away with a check in his spirit about whether I would be okay with the leadership structure at my church, so he brought that up and we discussed it.  I was open and honest about some trust issues that I have because of abuse of authority in other churches  and acknowledged that there was some healing that yet…

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Marks of a True Intercessor

I don't know about you, but I'm on a quest to become a more self-less pray-er, so I have been looking for something that would be sort of an "Intercessory Prayer for Dummies." My search led me to one of the Classic Christian authors on Prayer, Andrew Murray, and to his book, "The Ministry of Intercession".

Not everyone as we know, is into prayer, much less Intercessory Prayer. I've been asking myself why some are such strong and persistent prayer warriors while others are not.…

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For approximately four years, a church which I attended was trying to develop a Discipleship Training Center. During our beginning stages, we polled the congregation to see what their experiences had been with Discipleship. To our surprise, the majority of them had no idea what discipleship was and the rest thought that Discipleship was synonymous with Evangelism. This misunderstanding was as prevalent among church leaders as it was among the laity.

For so many years there was a…

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Becoming Pregnant with the Purposes of God

One year I received a Christmas card from a mentor of mine, he signed the card, "May You Become Pregnant With the Purposes of God. He knew that part of my history involved issues with infertility but he also knew that my heart longed to be involved in some sort of ministry. God always seemed to speak to me through this friend and so I began to pray about his message to me. Instead of praying for more children, I simply prayed that God would indeed let me become pregnant with His purposes and…

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YOUR 100-DAY PRAYER By John I. Snyder

Book Review:   YOUR 100 DAY PRAYER--By John I. Snyder Publisher: Thomas Nelson, September 13, 2011 Url: www.community321.com The thing that drew me to this book was the challenge of persistentlypraying for one thing for 100 days and the hope of finding the key to Godanswering that prayer.    The purpose of the book seems to be teach us to bepersistent in prayer, regardless whether we receive what we want, and to helpus embrace the transformation that often takes place in the waiting. The book…

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Day 20--Love the Lord Your God

Verse: "Love the Lord your God withh all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength" (Deut. 6:5).   Prayer: Lord, you are our God.  We will love you as a family with all of our heart, soul, and strength.

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Day 19--Set Your Hearts on Things Above

Verse: "Since, then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthy things" (Col. 3:1-2).   Prayer: Dear Jesus, our eyes and hearts are set on you.  Please give us a marriage vision for things eternal--things that are part of your kingdom--and not for things of the earth.

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Day 18--Think on these things...

Verse: "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things" (Phil. 4:8).   Prayer: Holy God, make our home holy.  Help us as a couple to reflect and talk about things that are pure, right, holy, just, and worthy of your holy name.

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Day 17--Let's Seek & Hope

Verse: "May those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me, O Lord Almighty; may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me, O God of Israel" (Ps. 69:6).   Prayer: Holy God, let our marriage always glorify and honor your name.  Make yourself famous in us.  We pray that your people would never have reason to be ashamed or embarrassed because of anything in our marriage.

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Day 16--Love One Another

Verse: "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" (John 13:35).   Prayer: Mighty Savior, let the profound love in our marriage show all who know us that we are your disciples and that we have Christ-honoring relationship.   If this doesn't describe your relationship, consider praying these things, in faith, as if they were.

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Day 15--Let Your Light Shine

Verse: "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven" (Matt. 5:16).   Prayer: Lord God, make our marriage a bright light for you.  Let the good works of our marriage bring praise to your awesome name.

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Praying Jeremiah 24:7 For Your Marriage

Below is an excerpt from chapter 5 "Praying for Spiritual Intimacy"  from "Pray Big for Your Marriage":   Pray that God will give you and your spouse one heart.  Pray that you'll be on the same page when it come to your relationship with God. Pray for spiritual intimacy.  Ask God to creat an environment conducive to true spiritual authenticity. Pray that you and your spouse will both know the Lord.  Pray for moments of spiritual insight, spiritual conversations, and joint worship in your…

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Day 14--Keep the marriage bed pure

Verse: "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral" (Heb. 13:4).   Prayer: Fatherm help us to honor your institution of marriage.  Keep our marriage pure and free from adultery and all sexual immorality.

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Day 13--Unwholesome talk

Verse: "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen" (Eph. 4:29).   Prayer: Precious Father, guard and guide the way we speak to each other in our marriage.  Help us to never speak hateful or hurtful words to each other.  Teach us instead to speak only loving and affirming words.

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  • Hi Jenni,


    Thanks for your kind comments about my recent blog post. I enjoyed reading your Feb. 11 post about church abuse because I can so relate. A few months ago my job of ten years was terminated at my church. There I worked in communications. It was done with class; however, it still hurt. So I know about healing. Loved your poem, too. You're a good writer, too.

  • Jenni--

    The Lord will be with you in your search. You are seeking wisdom on this matter with your heart.

    Here is some scripture that has helped me in me past--a wonderful blessing for all of us when we follow it.

    Phillippians 4:

    4. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
    5. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
    6. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
    7. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    additional note--Write Eddie Smith at his web sight--I find that he does try and follow up on questions. He is also a member of Pray!Network.

    Blessings --It is encouraging to see someone make a search as you are doing. I will be asking for the Lord to help you in your search.

    Lewis turner
  • Jenni,

    How are things going since the surgery?
  • Jenni,

    Welcome to the Intercessor's group. We look forward to your participation and also trust that what others share will also be a great encouragement to you. Encouragement works both ways and brings many blessings to all.

    Please don't be afraid to share--asking questions and sharing is how we learn and HELP others. I and others do appreciate hearing how the Lord has worked, helping us in our intercession.

    Again, we are pleased that you have joined the group.

    Blessings!
  • awesome! that book radically changed my view about the character of God. It helped me let God out of the box I was keeping Him in for so long. :) Anyway, glad to meet you, Jenni. :)
  • Nope. Sorry, I never worked with Youth for Christ.
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