We all agree praying is a spiritual discipline. But, who said it can’t be fun or creative. In fact, JOY is a fruit of the Spirit and I’m pretty sure the word “enJOY” is part of that. Praying should not be a fumbling like when a worship leader says “Jesus… just, just…” in low monotoned syllables. We can pray in some surprising ways, I think. Here are 10 CRAZY ways to pray. Be an Internet intercessor and share your ideas, too.
2 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV)
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
For my whole life my mother has truly been a spiritual hero to me and our entire family. There are few people like her. It is a supernatural thing to observe that in the context of a life of trial and loss she has ending up with a life that shows grace, mercy, and determination. Diana, my mother, is an overcomer–her life is a sermon vividly telling a story of Christ’s triumph.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26 (NIV) No, this post is not really about the TV show where those judges in chairs turn around after hearing a blind audition. Will the singer look like his or her voice? The hook of this show is the idea that just on an individual’s voice they will judged. A baker, a mechanic, and nursing student compete. Some have families and are even middle aged. The voice of each contestant has the opportunity to win the prize of fame. The voice of the shepherd calls his sheep to safety. Training ourselves to listen to the right voice is a life skill. A child will run to the voice of her mother. But, what we do not realize is that we have a voice. A mother knows the cry of her baby anywhere. When our voice cries, there is someone’s ear who is already tuned for us, like a mother to her baby. Even more than the Shepherd’s voice calling us is the idea that there is a spiritual language being prayed from within us by the Holy Spirit. This voice cries out to God to help our us in our weaknesses. When we…
This post is part of a blog initiative for Leadership Journal’s Conversations. This is a new site and I was invited with some others to contribute to the conversation. There have been plenty of intense times of spiritual battle. I remember one encounter that was especially powerful. It is not often that specific prayers of spiritual battle are verified after the fact. Most of the time I have prayed against the devil, for protection of people, and when I was scared of the dark. My most intense time of spiritual warfare stands out because it was more than my own experience. Others were sharing it. And, they were thousands of miles away.
Today’s doodle is fairly obvious, or is it? I guess I was wondering whether or not the new iPhone 3.0 software release would allow my prayer life a boost.
Is online gaming and prayer possible? I think Russ Hutto thinks so. Check out his post: Can An Online Game Help You Pray For People? In today’s world of social media, gaming is something that I think a window in reaching out to people can be employed. As I said in a workshop I presented at, “Remember there is a real person on the other side of that screen.” BTW, my Xbox LIVE handle is reddinggamer! 😉
This famous 2008 Youtube “Obama Is Going to Pay For My Gas And Mortgage” represents the high expectations Obama has to live up to. Biden seems to think that it’s not domestic, but international issues that bring high expectations for Obama. “You asked me earlier if I am worried about the exceedingly high expectations that people have for President Barack Obama,” Biden told CNN’s Larry King in advance excerpts of his interview with the talk-show host. “I said domestically I wasn’t so worried about that but internationally I am,” Biden said, adding that foreign hopes for the incoming administration were overwhelming. Regardless of your political views, its is obvious expectations by some of Obama are stratospheric and perhaps a challenge in and of themselves. So, I think we should pray for our new leader to succeed. (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Pray.
I am with the Miller family this weekend and was searching twitter and know that Randy and family are grateful for the support from my fellow tweets: @imagedesigns @kayoodle @mattmahermusic @stonestreet @sambam87 @SpiritCoach @loswhit @RKWeblog @wethechurch @donavanhill @joymark @scbubba @tonysteward @nickhoss @mufan96 @steveb7 @kmueller62 @BillGiovannetti @trevormeier @tehillamusic @theworshipcomm @locustfist @cwdaniels @aboutCCM @absolutepunk @a_skart @RocktheCrossWes BTW, you can find me on twitter here @rkweblog. Prayer works… and twitter surely helps in that process!
I am very moved by the big hearts of bloggers and twitter friends who have shared the story of Randy Miller of The Myriad linking to his video or mentioning how people can pray and help. If you do not know his band, they are fantastic. However, I first got to know Randy as a concrete contractor who played drums in my church’s worship team. I know his wife, kids and my family loves the Millers! They are family to us. So, as an encouragement to them, I am showing how many of you bloggers have linked and are praying for them. Today there are 520 LINKS, so I am gonna just give you a sample of 12 blogs… Ragamuffinsoul.com Evan Courtney blog Independent Music Consuming Worship blog Sarah’s So Bored Since She Stopped Drinking Leif’s Blog Rock Dirt Mike Dalton VIva Cecelia RamblingsOfABoyMom Tony Chavez Blog Stereo Truth **UDPATE: Some MORE sites keep popping up with support and prayer (12/5/08) A Renewed Revolution of Hope Maxgrace.com MyWorshipRevolution.com BabuLife RockTheCross.net Also, those of you who Twitter (twitter.com) have been generous to spread the word. Please pray. The prayer is working. Medi-Cal has been approved and Randy starts chemo treatments this Monday. Here is the link to help.
Hey readers of RKWL… PLEASE watch this short video put on by Randy Miller’s band, The Myriad. Randy is an amazing person who really needs help in his battle for cancer. Go to www.themyriad.net to support Randy and his family.