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“Work, work, from morning until late at night. In fact, I have so much to do that I shall have to spend the first three hours in prayer!”

Martin Luther

“To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees”

~ Billy Graham

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Prayer is preoccupation with our needs.

Praise is preoccupation with our blessings.

Worship is preoccupation with God Himself.

Praise and worship should precede petition.

~Leonard Ravenhill

“Study the history of revival. God has always sent revival in the darkest days. Oh, for a mighty, sweeping revival today!”

~ Adrian Rogers

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“Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! Blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!” (Psalm 144:15)

Amen!!

“The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, buy unoffered prayer.”

F.B. Meyer 

We can debate the reasons, but we cannot debate the reality: churches across the United States are aging, and many of them in the coming decade will face the agonizing prospect of closing.

Church planting addresses the need for new evangelisic outposts, especially in areas where Christians of previous generations feared to tread. But what about the 150-year-old rural churches that have succumbed to population loss? What about the historic urban churches that could not transition with their neighborhoods? What about the suburban churches, vibrant just one generation earlier but now surpassed by newer, flashier options? Must these churches die?

Mark DeVine and Darrin Patrick tell the encouraging story of one venerable Kansas City church that defied the trends and has thrived under new leadership. Yet the transition seemed anything but certain in the middle of conflict and clashes. This tale plays out in the pages of a new book, Replant: How a Dying Church Can Grow Again. DeVine, then a professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, teamed up with his former student, church planter Darrin Patrick of The Journey across Missouri in St. Louis, to write this account of how God faithfully equipped an old church for a new mission.

DeVine, now associate professor of divinity, teaching history and doctrine, at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, joined me to share some of the story and counsel other churches struggling to survive let alone thrive. During this 30-minute interview I was especially interested to learn how he contended with lay leaders. As DeVine writes in the book, “A pattern had emerged, a valuable lesson for church leadership: give the right person the right amount of rope at just the right time, and they might, in undoing their own misguided aims, achieve good things for the people of God.”

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“A dynamic praying church must be built from the inside out, employing all four levels of 
prayer: the secret closet, the family altar, small group praying and finally, the 
congregational setting.”

~ Developing your Secret Closet of Prayer, Richard Burr

by  • JULY 4, 2014

America the Beautiful

Thank you for praying for America today. If you have made it to this post, then you are automatically counted for today’s prayer.

What to Do:

Gather as many people as possible to pray with you. At noon today, no matter what time zone you live in, stop what you are doing a doing and pray for at least 5 Minutes for Revival and Spiritual Awakening for America. All participants should visit my blog http://prayerineverycity.com and click on the “5 Minute Prayer Friday” post so we can see how many people have prayed. Set up an alarm on your cell phone, if you have one, which will go off every Friday at noon. I have an android and use the app called “Clock”. Help me spread the word about “5 Minute Prayer Friday” by printing the free business cards below and giving them to your friends.

Focus:

Please pray for the United States Military and Revival and Spiritual Awakening.

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Charles Spurgeon said…

“What can we do without your prayers? They link us with the omnipotence of God. Like the lighting rod, they pierce the clouds and bring down the mighty and mysterious from on high.”

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