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How to preach on prayer (part 2)

According to the late Stephen Olford, “Only one thing will ever take the place of great preaching – and that’s greater preaching!” The concept of what constitutes “greatness” is a reflection of priorities. In this regard, the earliest preachers saw the greatness of preaching as an outgrowth of their commitment to prayer (Acts 6:4). Eventually, in the process of preaching, the two apostolic ministries uniquely conjoin when we preach on prayer. 

Bellevue, Southern Baptists pray for Gaines as he battles cancer

MEMPHIS (BP) – Members of one of the most well-known Southern Baptist churches are focusing their prayer efforts on their pastor this Sunday (Dec. 3). Bellevue Baptist will be lifting up Steve Gaines as he battles kidney cancer. 

FIRST-PERSON: Winning the world to Christ together

What I have discovered in my life, and in the life of most Christians, is that prayer is often relegated to a mere routine, a preparatory exercise before the real action of our day begins. This is why prayer for many is powerless and meaningless.

Prayer drenched in thanksgiving

Thanking God for His goodness while we’re still in the process of making a request is biblical prayer as God intends it. God wants us to thank Him. In fact, Jesus was once astonished that people who had experienced a healing which was medically impossible in those days disregarded the opportunity to give Him thanks.

Renewed commitment to prayer leads Texas church’s transformation

TROUP, Texas (BP) – Preston Lindsey has worn a lot of hats in his lifetime. He’s been a logger, pipe-fitter, oil field roughneck, telephone lineman, and a shipping manager and transportation director for a grocery chain. He spent 15 years as an agriculture teacher with the Troup Independent School District before becoming its director of support services, a position he holds today.

5 ways to pray for the Middle East

The intense conflict in the Middle East is a reason for Christians to pray. Thousands of people have been killed since Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7.

5 maneras de orar el conflicto del Medio Oriente

El intenso conflicto en Medio Oriente es motivo de oración para los cristianos. Miles de personas han muerto desde que Hamás atacó Israel el 7 de Octubre.

Praying in an anxious society

Why are we so worried and what are we so worried about? No matter how we answer those questions, all of us can admit Americans are worried. The unpredictable economy, the immigration crisis, crime waves in American cities, and a war in the Middle East have done nothing to relieve our stress.

How to lead a staff prayer retreat

If you want your team to lead more prayerfully, a staff prayer retreat is a game changer. It’s a necessity for any church attempting to build a culture of prayer. Even if you’ve never led a staff prayer retreat, you should start planning one now. 

SBC Prayer Guide for Israel

The grief and sorrow across Israel is unimaginable. Thousands have been killed and wounded as the terrorist organization Hamas attacked Israel Oct. 7 and war has ensued. Families are grieving the loss of loved ones as others ponder the whereabouts of those who are missing.

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