the practice of prayer – when, what, how

For some, theory comes easier than action. That can be true for music or sports or spirituality. ‘Easier said than done’ haunts us when we formulate ideas about prayer. ‘Just do it’ – sure! So what follows is meant to be put into action, or it remains on the shelf to gather dust. 

1. WHEN TO PRAY?:

James 5:13 times of trouble, when you are happy, when you are sick,

Ephesians 6:18 on all occasions

Acts 20:36, 21:5 when saying good-bye

Acts 27:29 when afraid

 2. WHAT TO PRAY FOR?

 PRAY FOR EVANGELISM:

Matthew 9:36-38 Because people are harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd, Jesus says the harvest is plentiful but there are few workers. Our job is to pray for workers to go to those fields.

Ephesians 6:19-20 Paul requests people pray for him “that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the Gospel

PRAY FOR HEALING:

James 5:14-16 call the elders and annoint with oil

PRAY FOR WISDOM:

James 1:5

 3.HOW TO PRAY?

 James 5:15 with faith

James 1:6-8  with confidence

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About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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