Prayer and Warfare

Charlie Contreras

Read: John 5:16-18 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. (v. 16 NIV) When I served as a youth pastor in Southern California, I also volunteered in a local high school as a lunch attendant. It was a great opportunity to serve my community and build relationships with teachers, staff, …

Prayer of Confession

Dave Weemhoff

Read: 1 John 1:5-10 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (v. 9) Confession is sort of like catching your four-year-old stealing cookies. When confronted with his mouth full of Oreos, wide-eyed and brown drool rolling down his chin, he looks around for a path …

Praying for Harmony

Nathan Prairie

Read: Romans 12:9-21 Be constant in prayer . . . Live in harmony with one another. (vv. 12, 16) On average, pianos require being tuned two to three times a year. For centuries, the only surefire way to tell if a piano was in tune was by using a tuning fork. Simple to make and easy to use, tuning forks …

Praying for Knowledge

Brian Dennert

Read: Colossians 1:3-14 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in …

Praying for Forgiveness

Dave Weemhoff

Read: Psalm 130:1-8 If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness. (vv. 3-4) We’ve all been there: a place we despise but often go back to—“the depths” of our human brokenness (v. 1). It is the deep sea of lies, gossip, and arrogance; the pit of lust, discontent, and hatred. …