Archives For Prayer

  MEDION DIGITAL CAMERA        I have one simple piece of advice for all volunteers and children’s ministry workers out there.  If you want God to bless to your children’s ministry:

PRAY FOR YOUR CHILDREN’S PASTOR!!!

I was meeting with our Children’s Ministry Director this past weekend about some changes to the children’s ministry at our church.  As we sat and discussed those changes and curriculum and volunteers and staffing and supplies and kids and so many other things, one thought continued to run through my head: Continue Reading…

What Happens When We Pray

Leisa Jenkins —  December 21, 2010

As a volunteer or a full-time children’s minister, it is important that we attend to our own spiritual lives and development in order to be able to minister to kids.  One important aspect of our own spiritual lives is prayer.  It is, after all, impossible to forge a relationship with someone without talking to them.  Our relationship with God is no exception.  A vibrant prayer life is critical to a healthy relationship with our Heavenly Father.

What happens when children pray?

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Recently, I was teaching a class of kindergarten through fifth graders on the Fruit of the Spirit, Peace. As a visual cue, I used Rembrandt’s painting of Jesus sleeping during a storm on the Sea of Galilee while his disciples were frantic.  I related the story of the peace that Jesus had even during the ferocious storm. The children found it difficult to relate to the peace that Jesus had during the storm and explained that they most understood and related to the feelings of the disciples.

As we discussed how to gain the peace like Jesus had, regardless of our circumstances and how worry steals our peace, I asked what worries them and what steals their peace. Their responses were candid and heart breaking
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The Habit of Prayer

Tammy Jones —  September 10, 2010

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The first time I ever read that passage, I could not believe what I was reading. In my mind, I pictured someone kneeling for 24 hours a day. “That’s impossible”, I said to myself and dismissed it. Later, I heard a pastor preach a sermon on this passage and explain that believers are meant to be in a constant state of prayer.  We are supposed to keep our line of communication with God open at all times.  We accomplish this by immediately confessing any known sin and asking for God’s forgiveness. Then, whenever we need to shoot up a request, God will hear us. That seemed a lot more possible.

With that explanation, I took the passage literally. The moment I open my eyes in the morning, I begin to thank God for the rest and protection He gave me through the night. When my head hits the pillow at night, my last waking moments are spent in prayer. Whenever I hear something on the news like a tragedy, a missing child or a soldier killed in war, I pray for the family. I pray for the posts on my Facebook account. When I think about a friend or family member during the day, I pray for them. Prayer has become such a habit for me, that I catch myself praying for people in the movie that I am watching!

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