Personal Revival

Prayer is one of the most powerful ways to bring about any change in your life.  Whether you are seeking changes in your attitude, your will or your emotions, God the Father can make it all happen...if you seek Him in prayer.  Repentance and submission to His will are the keys to personal transformation.  Check out the following articles to learn more about how prayer can help you change and change those around you.

 

Keep Me from Willful Sins

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Pray Psalm 19 over yourself.

1The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.

3There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.

4Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, 5which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

6It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.

Consecrate Me Lord

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Father, I am so grieved over my lack of consecration. I have believed and loved You, but I've been trying to do Your work in my own strength, and so often for my own purposes. In the name of Jesus, I consecrate myself unto Your purposes. Here I am, Lord. Use me as You will. And what I pray for myself, I pray for Your church. Lord, help us to be holy. Our nation desperately needs a holy people to speak Your Word in these days. Pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us that we might be empowered to be used by You. Lord, we need You to do amazing things in our midst.

Prayer for Humilty

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Oh God, you hate pride, arrogance, evil lifestyles and perversion (Prov. 8:13). You tell us that when pride comes, disgrace will follow, but with humility comes wisdom (Prov. 11:2). We are clearly warned that pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall (Prov. 1:18). Please keep our nation from falling any further from a vital relationship and dependence upon You. By Your power and might, You bring down rulers from their thrones but lift up the humble (Luke 1:52). You oppose the proud but gives more grace to the humble (James 4:6). Merciful God, we renounce our sinful pride and ask you to clothe our nation with compassion and humility. We humble ourselves under Your mighty hand, that You may lift us up in due time (1 Pet. 5:6). You are always trustworthy. Your timing is always right. Almighty King, display your hand of authority and victory!

I am A Christian

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When I say that "I am a Christian," I am not shouting that "I am clean living."  I'm whispering "I was lost, but now I'm found and forgiven."

When I Say "I am a Christian," I don't speak of this with pride.  I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say "I am a Christian," I'm not trying to be strong.  I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say "I am a Christian," I'm not bragging of success.  I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say "I am a Christian," I'm not claiming to be perfect.  My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say "I am a Christian," I still feel the sting of pain.  I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon his name.

When I say "I am a Christian," I'm not holier than thou.  I'm just a simple sinner who received God's good grace, somehow!

Anonymous

Prayer Circles for Leaders

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My mother was one of the loneliest women I've ever known. The phone rang constantly in our modest parsonage, and my mom, small-town preacher's wife, attended every church function. Day after day she'd spiff up her 1970s beauty-parlored hair and don her pantyhose for women's events and missions meetings. My mother was rarely alone and yet...  I don't remember her ever sharing a personal issue with a kindred spirit, or laughing lightheartedly in our kitchen with a friend over a cup of coffee. Quite frankly, she lacked the support of close, trusted friendships. When I asked her about this many years later, she stated matter-of-factly, "Pastor's wives just can't have close friends. It makes other women feel left out."

Okay, I get it, but still... There has to be a way for women in leadership to have close-knit friendships. We need it. I'm not a preacher's wife, but I am a ministry leader.

And all these years later, I still see women in leadership struggling with the same isolation my mother experienced. It's a dangerous problem, because as leaders we are on the spiritual frontlines and we should not be there alone.