Praying Kingdom Prayers
(75 Spiritual Qualities and Blessings to Pray)
by Dr. Alvin VanderGriend)
This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:9–10,13)
Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake. (Revelation 8:3–5)
One of the most exciting discoveries that I ever made about prayer was that, when we are praying for ourselves [petition], if our hearts are right with God and we ask in accord with His will, God will give us what we ask (1 John 5:14–15). In an effort to personally claim that promise and receive God’s riches, I made a list of seventy-five spiritual qualities and blessings mentioned in scripture—things I could be sure were “in accord with God’s will.” I understood these to be God’s purposes in my life. I asked God for these things several times each week. What I found was that God, true to His word, heard and answered these prayers. Little by little these qualities and graces became more and more real in my life. God was answering because I was praying for what He wanted. I was praying kingdom prayers.
When we intercede in faith for things that God purposes to do, we can pray with absolute assurance that He hears and answers these prayers. They may not always be answered according to our expectations or on our timetables, but they will surely be answered. Our prayers contribute to what God is doing—building His kingdom.
Spiritual Qualities & Blessings God Will Give to Those Who Ask
Use this list to form your kingdom prayers. Perhaps you will want to journal through this list as you ask God for what you desire Him to develop in you, and as you ask Him for His blessing in your life.
“The fruit of the Spirit is…love.” (Gal. 5:22)
“The fruit of the Spirit is…joy.” (Gal. 5:22)
“The fruit of the Spirit is…peace.” (Gal. 5:22)
“The fruit of the Spirit is…patience.” (Gal. 5:22)
“The fruit of the Spirit is…kindness.” (Gal. 5:22)
“The fruit of the Spirit is…goodness.” (Gal. 5:22)
“The fruit of the Spirit is…faithfulness.” (Gal. 5:22)
“The fruit of the Spirit is…gentleness.” (Gal. 5:23)
“The fruit of the Spirit is…self–control.” (Gal. 5:23)
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth.” (Eph. 6:14)
“Take up the shield of faith.” (Eph. 6:16)
“We have this hope as an anchor.” (Heb. 6:19)
- Spiritual Wisdom
“Wisdom is supreme; therefore, get wisdom.” (Pr. 4:7)
“Make every effort to add goodness.” (2 Pet. 1:5)
“Make every effort to add…knowledge.” (2 Pet. 1:5)
“Make every effort to add…perseverance.” (2 Pet. 1:6)
“Make every effort to add…godliness.” (2 Pet. 1:7)
- Depth of Insight
“abound…in depth of insight.” (Phil. 1:9)
“able to discern what is best.” (Phil. 1:9)
“able to be…blameless.” (Phil. 1:10)
“filled with the fruit of righteousness.” (Phil. 1:11)
“fill you with…spiritual…understanding.” (Col. 1:9)
- Worthy Life
“We pray that you may live a life worthy of the Lord.” (Col. 1:10)
- Please God in All Things
“We pray that you may…please God in every way.” (Col. 1:10)
“We pray that you may…bear fruit in every good work.” (Col.1:10)
- Spiritual Power
“We pray that you may…be strengthened with all power.” (Col. 1:11)
“so that you may have great endurance.” (Col. 1:1l)
“We pray that you may…joyfully give thanks.” (Col. 1:12)
“Clothe yourselves with compassion.” (Col. 3:12)
- Brotherly Kindness
“Clothe yourselves …with kindness.” (Col. 3:12)
“Clothe yourselves with…humility.” (Col. 3:12)
“Bear with each other.” (Col. 3:13)
“Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Col. 3:13)
- Word of Christ
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Col. 3:16)
“Devote yourselves to prayer being watchful.” (Col. 4:2)
“Let your conversation be seasoned with salt.” (Col. 4:6)
“If anyone loves me he will obey my teaching.” (Jn. 14:23)
“You ought to live holy and godly lives.” (2 Pet. 3:11)
- Filling of the Spirit
“Be filled with the Spirit.” (Eph. 5:18)
- Conformity to Christ
“Predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.” (Rom. 8:29)
- Spiritual Riches
“Chosen…to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom.” (Jas. 2:5)
- God’s Calling
“Live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (Eph. 4:1)
“But grow in the grace…of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Pet. 3:18)
- Spiritual Growth
“Crave spiritual milk so that…you may grow.” (1 Pet. 2:2)
- Spirit of Praise
“Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.” (Heb. 3:15)
- Blessings of the Lord
“The Lord bless you and keep you.” (Num. 6:24)
- Protection of the Lord
“The Lord will keep you from all harm.” (Ps. 121:7)
- Smile of God
“The Lord make his face to shine upon you.” (Num. 6:25)
- Sound Spirit
“May your…spirit be kept blameless…” (1 Thess. 5:23)
- Sound Soul
“May your…soul be kept blameless…” (1 Thess. 5:23)
- Sound Body
“May your…body be kept blameless…” (1 Thess. 5:23)
- Praising Heart
“Praise the Lord, O my soul…” (Psalm 146:1)
“Godly sorrow brings repentance…” (2 Co. 7:10)
“Submit yourselves, then, to God…” (Jas. 4:7)
- Prayer Devoted
“Devote yourselves to prayer.” (Col. 4:2)
“Meditate on it (the book of law) day and night…” (Jos. 1:8)
- Poor of Spirit
“Blessed are the poor in spirit.” (Matt. 5:3)
“Blessed are those who mourn.” (Matt. 5:4)
“Blessed are the meek.” (Matt. 5:5)
- Hunger after Righteousness
“Blessed are those who hunger…after righteousness.” (Matt. 5:6)
“Blessed are the merciful.” (Matt. 5:7)
- Purity of Heart
“Blessed are the pure in heart.” (Matt. 5:8)
“Blessed are the peacemakers.” (Matt. 5:9)
- Salt of the Earth
“You are the salt of the earth.” (Matt. 5:13)
- Light of the World
“You are the light of the world.” (Matt. 5:14-16)
- Delivered from Evil
“Deliver us from evil.” (Matt. 6:13)
- Abiding in Christ
“Abide in me and I will abide in you.” (John 15:4)
- Equipped for Good Work
“Thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:17)
“The integrity of the upright guides them…” (Prov. 11:3)
- Mind of Christ
“We have the mind of Christ.” (1 Co 2:16)
- Quietness and Confidence
“The fruit…will be quietness and confidence forever.” (Isa:17)
- Thinking God’s Thoughts
“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!” (Ps. 139:17)
- Useful to the Master
Made holy, useful to the master.” (2 Tim. 2:21)
- Spirit of Worship
“Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” (1 Ch.16:29)
- Thirst for God
“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” (Ps. 42:2)
- Zeal for the Lord
“Never be lacking in zeal, keep your spiritual fervor.” (Rom. 12:11)
“Honor the Lord with your wealth.” (Pr. 3:9)
“Do not give false testimony…” (Matt. 19:18)
- Holy Spirit
“Your Father in heaven will give the Holy Spirit…” (Lk 11:13)
- Eternal Life
“The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.” (Rom. 6:23)
Compiled by Dr. Alvin VanderGriend
© Harvest Prayer Ministries 2011
PRAYER, PEACE, and the PRESENCE of GOD by David Butts
As believers, we are supposed to walk in the peace of Christ, yet we all have stressful issues and circumstances that rob us of this peace. Subtitled “A 30-Day Journey to Experience the Shalom of Jesus,” Prayer, Peace and the Presence of God powerfully encourages the reader on how to hold onto that peace in any circumstance.
The author, David Butts, started writing this book and 10 days into it he got word that he was in stage 4 with a rare form of lymphoma. God allowed him to live, in a greater way, what he is challenging readers to do in Prayer, Peace and the Presence of God.
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7 Ways to Pray in Difficult Times
By Kim Butts
We all know that in good times, it seems easier to pray. Our prayers flow from a place of gratitude and peace, thankfulness and joy. Yet, in difficult or painful times, it is much harder to press into the Lord in prayer. We know in our heads that God is the place we should go whether our circumstances are good or bad; however, sometimes we can feel paralyzed with fear, doubt, anger, disbelief, sadness, uncertainty, and a wide range of other emotions depending upon the situation.
Sometimes, it is only out of the absolute desperation of our heart that we overcome the paralysis and run to the Father…even if that running involves no words at all. There are times when it is all we can do to come into His presence and just sit in our pain, loneliness, fear, or whatever emotion is overtaking us. But one amazing truth about God is that our hearts can cry out in the silence…and God still hears. This is a key principle of prayer that we must always remember: God is always there! He is present with us continually.
Be assured, His word says that He will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). He will not leave us in this difficult place unless we insist on staying there. If we seek Him with all of our heart, we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13). He longs to comfort us and sit with us in the midst of our trial. His will, plan and purposes are unfolding in His perfect timing even when it doesn’t seem this way to us.
Here are some specific ways to pray during difficult times, as well as when any trial comes your way, and they will:
- Pray that God will be honored and glorified, whatever your circumstance, even if you have to suffer or go through a difficult time: “…and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me” (Psalm 50:15). “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed” (1 Peter 1:6-7).
- Love and pray for people who cause harm or suffering to you, or to others: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you’” (Matthew 5:43-44).
- Pray for God to show you what He needs you to learn in the midst of difficult times: “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way” (Psalm 25:9).
- Give thanks to God in the midst of whatever you are walking through: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Important note: He does not say to give thanks for your circumstances, but to give thanks in the midst of them!
- Pray that God will help you to be faithful instead of fearful when trials come: “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).
- Pray that God will help you to be a light in the darkness to those who don’t yet know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior: “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). When people see the way you walk through difficulty, they will want to know where you draw your strength from!
- Give thanks to God because He has overcome the trials and troubles of the world: “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
(c) Harvest Prayer Ministries, 2020
9 Ideas to Increase Attendance at Your Prayer Meetings!
By Kim Butts
If you have a weekly/regular prayer meeting and it has dwindled down to the “faithful few,” it’s time to take stock. If you are the organizer(s) of the prayer meetings, it can get discouraging if people are not participating in arguably the most important spiritual act designed by God and so prolifically practiced in the Book of Acts and the rest of Scripture.
First, let’s look at the main reasons why people have either stopped coming or have never come to your prayer meeting:
- They are afraid. Most people feel very inadequate about their prayer lives. The last thing they want to do is to be in a situation where they might be asked to pray out loud, or in a group with others. Many of these people would rather focus only on their own prayer closet and devotions rather than step into corporate prayer experiences.
- They are intimidated. When people come to the prayer meeting and feel that there are some people who pray with an authority or eloquence they don’t have, they are less likely to feel comfortable praying in such an environment. Because prayer is so natural to the seasoned intercessors who plan the meetings, they expect the rest of the church to be like them. Clearly this isn’t the case, as many believers haven’t been trained to pray in the home or by the church.
- They are bored. Many people feel that prayer meetings are always predictable and have a mind-numbing sameness to them. Unfortunately, the default mode of prayer for most churches is to pray the “sick” list. Many of the people on “the list” aren’t even known to most of the people who are praying for them – they are friends, relatives or acquaintances of people in the church. It is important to pray for those with health issues; however, when that is all we ever pray about, people rapidly disengage. If people don’t have a sense of God’s presence, and that Heaven is engaged with their prayers, they aren’t motivated or excited about coming to a meeting where “nothing happens” and with a belief that their prayers don’t matter.
- They are frustrated. These people know they want something different…something more than the litany of illnesses and personal prayer requests. They feel that prayer should be more than what they have experienced but have no idea what to do to make it better. There are also those who DO know what could be done but don’t have a voice in the planning or preparation.
- They are ambivalent. Because many people are not being trained in prayer in their homes or at church, most don’t see the point and view prayer as a religious exercise for the super-spiritual. Prayer has never been an important part of their Christian experience, or they perceive that it really has never “worked” for them.
- They don’t see church leadership actively involved. The engagement of church leadership is also a critical component of the prayer meetings. If your pastor(s) and church leaders are not proponents and participants at some level in your process of planning and engaging others in the practice of a regular corporate prayer rhythm, it will be difficult to get more of the congregation to come to prayer meetings. If leadership is not very involved, begin praying at once for them! Don’t whine, gripe or grumble – pray! Ask God to make your leaders people of prayer who will teach and encourage prayer so that the congregation will follow their lead.
Drawing People to the Prayer Meeting
God created prayer for the purpose of accomplishing His will on this planet through the prayers of His people. It’s a divine mystery, but a compelling truth. Let’s look at some ways to help people grow their passion for the Father and His plans and purposes for prayer that will translate to more people having greater participation in corporate prayer experiences:
- Help people to encounter God. Incorporate worship into your prayer meetings, helping people focus on the One Who sits on the throne in Heaven as the object of your love and devotion. It is important for God’s people to realize that prayer is intimacy with Him and for His glory! Jesus taught the disciples to pray, “Our Father in Heaven, Holy is Your Name!” People’s attention should always be directed towards God before coming to Him with a prayer list or agenda. Help people to move to a “Not my will but Yours be done” mindset. This will help them to remember that ultimately, His will is more important than our own wants, needs and desires. God still wants to hear us express these, because He loves us…but His purposes are so much bigger! Praying in agreement with God through the power of the Holy Spirit and in the Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, is ultimately to step into the throneroom of Heaven whenever we pray.
- Be welcoming and give people permission to pray at their own level of comfort – whether out loud or quietly. Don’t put anyone on the spot and don’t have the unrealistic expectation that people are comfortable praying in groups, etc. It’s important that people don’t feel intimidated, but invited!
- Plan well! There should be clear leadership and each person walking in should have a good experience with God in community with others. If no one takes the time to develop a focused prayer time but instead just asks what prayer requests people may have, the prayer meeting is doomed to stay small.
- Start and end on time! If those attending are never sure when the meeting will end, and feel uncomfortable leaving when the stated ending time comes, they won’t put this commitment on their calendar. If you feel the Spirit is keeping you longer than the hour or two you have stated, give those who need to leave a space to do so without guilt! For example, say, “Tonight we are sensing that God may want us to spend more time praying about…. Those who need to leave, please feel free to do so. If anyone wants to stay longer, you are invited to.”
- When people leave a prayer meeting or experience, they should feel confident that God is already on the move responding to the prayers of His people. Knowing that our prayers are heard and that Heaven is stirred with activity by our kingdom-focused praying is important.
- Be intentional about training people in prayer. People will not give themselves to something they feel inadequate or uncertain about. Consider offering some training in prayer that will enhance your congregation’s growth in communicating and communing with God so that those who feel deficient or poorly equipped to be a part of a corporate experience in prayer can begin to grow in their confidence. Sometimes training can be incorporated into your prayer meetings. A concept of prayer can be taught and then the group can practice the concept in real time.
- Talk to God, not one another. Talking about prayer isn’t prayer. Sometimes our prayer meetings involve a lot of offering of requests and very little actual prayer time. Unless some teaching/training is part of your prayer meetings or experiences, keep talking to one another at a minimum.
- Be sure to give brief, clear instructions when necessary. It’s very important that people always understand what they are supposed to do. For example, if you are breaking people into groups of 3 or 4 at some point during the prayer meeting, make sure they are clear about when and how that will take place. If you are using prayer stations, the instructions can be written down and placed at each station. If people come in late, make sure someone is there to welcome them and quickly fill them in so they don’t feel left out when everyone else is moving around or getting into groups. Feeling uncomfortable is a recipe for not returning.
- Pray kingdom-focused prayers: Try to move away from the “sick/hospital” list default model as your only focus and embrace what God is doing!
- Take stock of what is happening around you…in the culture.
- Pray what Scripture shows you is on the heart of God…things like unity in the Body of Christ, that we would love one another, praying for workers to be raised up to spread the Gospel, for our leaders and nation, etc.
- NOTE: It is still very important to pray for those who are sick! We need to get better at it than we are. However, here is a good way to start training people to pray for those who are sick…and add a kingdom component to our prayers.
- Mix it up! Don’t do the same thing continually! If what you are doing isn’t working, try something new!
- Change your theme/topic each meeting because people are passionate about different things.
- Variety and creativity engages everyone as God has wired us all differently to meet with Him. Use different postures, different modalities (visual, auditory, tactile, etc.).
- Prayer stations are a very good way to engage people in prayer and is a great way to incorporate the variety and creativity mentioned above.
- Pray Scripture! People need to learn to pray what is on the heart of God. When we pray God’s word we are always in His will!
- Get out of the church building! Prayerwalking or prayer-driving around schools, businesses, other churches, neighborhoods, etc. Set up a Drive-Through prayer booth in your church parking lot or another place in town where people can drive through and be prayed for!
- Embrace Youth and Children! From time to time it is important to bring the younger generations into your times of prayer to learn from and grow with one another in prayer. Make space for the kids and you will be blessed. Plan some prayer meetings that are welcoming for all ages. Prayer stations and prayerwalking are good ways to do this.
- Listening and obeying – spend time allowing God to speak to your hearts and DO what He is leading you to do. People need to learn that prayer isn’t all one-sided. We often rush in with our requests and never spend time hearing from God through His Spirit. Perhaps a good way to spend time listening would be to ask at least one question of the Lord. Here are two examples:
- Lord, thank You for hearing our prayers. Is there anything You want to say to me/us? Perhaps you will hear God telling you how much He loves you and is pleased with the time you have spent in His throneroom. Maybe He will give you a word of encouragement for the whole group, or a picture of what He might be already doing in response to the prayers you have prayed as a community. Of course, you may not sense God saying anything at all…and that is perfectly okay. Taking time to listen ensures that you will not miss something He does want to tell you.
- Father, would You help us to be the answer to the prayers we just prayed? Then spend a few minutes listening together as a group. Before closing, the leader may ask, “Has anyone heard the Lord expressing anything to your heart?” Perhaps God will direct you to meet a need for those you have specifically been praying for. This could be directed to you individually or as a community. If you have a sense this is from the Lord, obey!
One last suggestion – don’t be concerned about the number of people at the prayer meeting. If you worry about who isn’t there, you won’t be focused on those who are. The prayer movement will grow one person at a time until more start hearing what God is doing. When answers come and as people have good experiences with the Father in prayer and tell others, you will see growth.
As you pray through and incorporate some of these ideas, we fervently pray that your congregation will begin to be more receptive to giving the prayer meeting/prayer experience another try, and that others will be drawn to be a part of what God is up to through the prayers of His people.
Suggested Resource: Here is a powerful resource handbook by David and Kim Butts to take you step by step into the nuts and bolts of becoming a house of prayer for all nations! It is for leaders and lay people alike!
When God Shows Up For Church
Christians around the world are praying for revival. What exactly is meant by “revival”? Some think in terms of great meetings or tremendous evangelistic outreach. Others think more in terms of Christians who are encouraged and brought to a new level of commitment in their faith. Certainly Christians should be praying for revival, but what is it we are praying for and about?
Though many have given good definitions of revival, I still like this simple little description: Revival happens when God shows up for church. In a real sense, the Lord is always present when His people gather in His Name. But all too often His presence goes unnoticed. This definition recognizes the fact that when the people of God become aware of the Presence of the Lord, everything changes. Our worship services, our family lives, our evangelistic efforts, and our individual devotional lives will all be different when God shows up for church.
The Bible teaches us the amazing fact that God has come to dwell in us through His Holy Spirit. The Old Testament name given to the Messiah was Emmanuel…God with us. Colossians 1:27 teaches us the mystery of God – “Christ in [us], the hope of glory.” Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23). The Lord also made it clear that when two or more are gathered together, He would be there in our midst.
Much as the temple or the tabernacle in the Old Testament was a place where the Presence of God was manifest on earth, so now the gathered Church becomes a place where His Presence is known. Our theology is clear on that fact. Unfortunately, our experience normally fails to match up to our theology. Most churches meet for worship, teaching and fellowship and leave again without truly being aware of God in their midst.
Praying for revival is praying for open eyes among the people of God. Lord, help us to see Jesus! Open the eyes of our hearts that we might know You and become aware of Your Presence here in our lives.
The experience of Israel under the leadership of Moses is a great teacher for the Church today as we cry out to God for revival. My friend, Terry Teykl, wrote a powerful book entitled The Presence Based Church. He writes, “As a result of their unique relationship with God, the Israelites became the original Presence based people. Under the leadership of Moses, and at God’s bidding, they made the Presence the axis of their lives.
“The Ark of the Covenant was always located in the tabernacle at the very center of the camp. The 12 tribes were divided into four groups and stationed symmetrically around the Presence: three to the north, three to the south, three to the east, and three to the west. By day they saw the cloud that hung over the tent, and by night they would lie in the entrance to their own tents and watch the fire. As long as the Presence stayed, they stayed. But when the Presence moved, they followed. They were Presence led and Presence drawn” (Pg.89).
In Exodus 33, verses 13-17, there is a fascinating conversation between the Lord and Moses concerning His Presence. “The LORD replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’” Then Moses said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that You are pleased with me and with Your people unless You go with us? What else will distinguish me and Your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” The Lord replied, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
Moses understood how critical it was for Israel to stay with the Presence of God. When the Church today grabs hold of that fact, we will see revival. When the Church, like Moses, commits to going only where the Lord leads, then we will be making progress. It is time for us to cry out for the Lord to make us aware of His Presence.
Teykl offers great insight as to the effects of the manifest Presence of God:
“Where His Presence is being manifested, God’s glory is evident. When the Presence fell on the Mercy Seat of the Ark, His glory filled the tabernacle to such an extent that no one could go near. His Presence was noticeable. Think about it. If God were to manifest His Presence in your church, shouldn’t it be just as noticeable as it was in the tabernacle? Is not God that same God that descended in the Holy Place and rested among His chosen people in fire and cloud? Is He not the same God who, from the Mercy Seat, displayed His power and authority, guided and governed the Israelites, gave them victory over their enemies, demonstrated His favor and love, established His uniqueness and offered atonement for sin?
“Where God’s Presence is being manifested today, the same results are evident. Humility and uncommon zeal characterize people of the Presence because they have seen His power and know of His authority in the earth. Where the Presence is, wisdom and peace prevail through His guidance. Pathways become clear and sound decisions are made. In the Presence, people gain victory over habits or emotions that have held them captive for years. Relationships are healed, lives are transformed, joy is evident and the powers of darkness are forced to retreat. In the Presence, many call on the name of Jesus and are saved in response to the wave of supernatural love and grace that penetrates their spirits” (Pg.201).
Does that sound a bit like revival to you? It does to me. I’m praying for an increased hunger for His Presence in my life, my family, and my church. As God answers that prayer, we will begin to see an increased awareness of the activity of the Lord in the midst of His people. Join me in praying for God to “show up for church.”
(c) Harvest Prayer Ministries
-Dave Butts is the president of Harvest Prayer Ministries and the author of several books.