This Month’s Focus

A Guide to a More In-Depth Prayer Experience

May: Prayer Partnership with Israel

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May: Prayer Partnership with Israel

Why pray for Israel?  Why pray for Israel now?  Will our prayers make a difference?  These are all questions that I have had to answer as a result of traveling with a group of women on a 10-day Prayer Journey through the country of Israel.   Prior to going to the Holy Land, I had always heeded the words from Psalms 122:6 that we were to ‘pray for the peace of Jerusalem’. My interpretation of this was that I was praying for the return of Christ because that is the only answer for peace to come to Jerusalem.  As a believer, I have always prayed for and supported the rights of the Jewish people to live in their own country.   As an American, I have prayed for our country...

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March: Spring Event Prayer Guide

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March: Spring Event Prayer Guide

We invite you to join women from across the state in praying for our 2013 Georgia Baptist Women’s Spring Event at Callaway Gardens, April 19-20.  Attached you will find a daily prayer guide to assist you in praying.  This year’s prayer guide has been written by Mary Laughman, State WMU President and Prayer Coordinator.  Please feel free to share this guide with other praying women in your church. As a result of Ezekiel’s obedience to do as God commanded Him, ‘Breath came into the dead bodies, they became Alive, standing on their feet as an exceedingly great army’ (Ezekiel 37:10). On another occasion, we read the words from John 3:8 where Jesus was talking to Nicodemus...

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January: Prayer and Fasting

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January: Prayer and Fasting

‘I’m so hungry I could eat a …..’ – have you ever really been hungry?  So hungry, that you would be willing to eat whatever was put in front of you?  I doubt most of us have ever actually been that hungry.  Usually if we have a desire to eat something, we go through a drive-thru, grab an apple or a candy bar until we can sit down to a ‘real meal’.  Unfortunately, a lot of our praying is the same way – just a quick prayer to satisfy for the moment.  Last year during a study of the Beatitudes in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, I began to think of how Matthew 5:6 relates to prayer and fasting – ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; for they will be...

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December: Prayer and Waiting on God

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December: Prayer and Waiting on God

‘Don’t open until Christmas’ – frustrating words to a child who is waiting anxiously for that special gift they’ve requested.  As a child, it always seemed like Christmas Eve was the longest night of the year (as a parent, it seemed like the shortest).  My grandmother would always give us our gifts early and we just couldn’t wait for Christmas – so my brothers and sisters (and me) would always open the gift from my grandmother (when she and my mom weren’t looking) to see what it was and then wrap it back up.   Of course, we had to act surprised on Christmas morning.   Waiting is difficult even as an adult.  We live in a world where so much can be accomplished quickly –...

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November: Prayer and Thankfulness

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November: Prayer and Thankfulness

What we recognize as the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrims of the Plymouth colony along with 90 Wampanoag Indians.  The pilgrims had suffered through a devastating winter in which nearly half of them had died.  Without the help of the Indians, all would have perished.  After the first harvest, Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and prayer to God which lasted for 3 days.  Two years later in 1623, a period of drought was answered by colonists with a proclamation of prayer and fasting which resulted in another thanksgiving celebration when rains came during the prayers.  Later that year Governor Bradford proclaimed...

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