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Prayer Movement Overtakes New Mexico, Gains National Traction

Prayer for New Mexico’s Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez.

By Carl Stagner

All 33 counties in New Mexico are covered. Ninety churches are participating, representing 26 cities. With Jesus as the subject, numerous denominations are represented. They’ve come together in a movement devoted to prayer, a movement which has overtaken the state. From the halls of government, to the classroom, to the streets, this prayer movement has already been proven powerful and effective. For 24 hours a day, every day, 365 days a year, they’ve set out to cover the state in prayer until Jesus comes back. One of the co-founders of what’s been dubbed “New Mexico Prays” is Richard Mansfield, senior pastor of New Beginnings Church of God in Albuquerque. Continue reading

From the Archives: Vital Prayer—A Conversational Relationship with God

By Richard Willowby

Vital Christianity requires a vital prayer life. Most of us pray. It’s a daily habit: at meals, when we go to bed, in church—and fervently in times of desperation.

Some of us feel guilty about our prayer life. It is not regular enough, or long enough, or not spiritual enough. Guilt trips have been laid on us and unrealistic ideals of what prayer time should be like have been given as models for us. I once was told that Martin Luther said (probably a misquote), “I have so much to do today that I must pray at least seven hours.” Or perhaps you have heard that E. Stanley Jones spent two hours in prayer every evening—even when he was a guest at someone’s dinner party. Continue reading

On Bended Knee: Prayer Perspectives from the Pulpit and the Pew

Redmond Church of God prayer walk.

By Carl Stagner

Maybe it was a passage that seemed to leap from the pages of Scripture. But perhaps it was a pastor or a trusted friend. Or it might have been a mother whose bedside “Now I lay me down to sleep…” made an eternal impact. For so many believers, prayer is not simply taught; it’s modeled by another. That’s how it was for Jamie Wilkerson. Her mother would faithfully kneel down and pray with young Jamie morning and night, instilling in her a passion for prayer which burns to this day. Like Jamie, Joe Arena sees prayer as one of the most vital practices of the Christian. Involved in numerous prayer ministries inside and outside the church, Joe’s pursuit of God on bended knee isn’t unlike that of Pastor Dave Thompson and the Church of God in Redmond, Oregon. Their desire to intercede on behalf of church, community, nation, and world is nothing short of infectious. As the Church of God prepares for the 360 Revolution prayer and evangelism initiative this September, these three individuals offer some timely perspective on prayer. Continue reading

From the Archives: How Can We Improve Our Prayer Life?

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By Gilbert W. Stafford

I received a letter from a local church leader in which he told me a few of the people in his congregation disagreed with some of the policies of the pastor; consequently, they were boycotting the church. The difficulties had nothing to do with moral, ethical, or doctrinal issues; rather, they had to do with personality conflicts, differences about stylistic matters, and programmatic issues. Continue reading

CHOG Convention 2014 Speaker to Address National Day of Prayer

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By Carl Stagner

Each year in the United States of America, the first Thursday of May is designated as the National Day of Prayer. People come together from all walks of life, spanning the range of faith groups and denominations, to look away from themselves and turn to God. Early leaders in government and society confessed their dependence on the Lord for peace, safety, and security. This year, Church of God congregations across the country also unite with community leaders and other faith groups in prayer. Anne Graham Lotz, who is scheduled to speak at the Church of God Convention 2014, will address the National Day of Prayer gathering in Washington, DC. Continue reading

Church of God Agencies Unite to Pray for Pastors

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By Carl Stagner

Every senior pastor and his or her staff. Each one. Covered in prayer over the thirty-one days that make up October. During Pastor Appreciation Month 2013, Church of God Ministries joined forces with Christian Women Connection, Children of Promise, Warner Press, and Silent Blessings to specifically pray for the pastors of all 2,100-plus Church of God congregations in the United States and Canada. Additionally, this group of intercessors has prayed for our missionaries and chaplains by name. Continue reading

Church of God Celebrates National Day of Prayer

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By Carl Stagner

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”—2 Cor 7:14 NIV

On the first Thursday of May, believers in the United States observe the National Day of Prayer. The Church of God is no exception. Throughout the year, we seek the Lord’s face as we encourage others to do so. On this special day, we set aside time to pray for the needs of our nation and world. In light of recent tragedies in our world, we are humbly reminded of our dependence on Almighty God. Continue reading