Praying for Our Military and Their Families

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 When God spoke these words to Joshua, He was about to lead His chosen people into a new place, the Promised Land. All Joshua and the Israelites had to go on were God’s direction and promise. For military families, this is a familiar place to be: going somewhere unknown with nothing but possessions, the instructions of the U.S. military and the promises of God in Scripture. Even with a... Read more >>

Love is the Road to Healing

As I sit down to type this message, we have no idea who has been chosen to serve our country in the various seats in Congress and as President. I am writing to you earlier in the week, knowing that when this message goes out on Thursday there is a possibility that we still may not know some of the outcomes. No matter when we know, and no matter what the final decisions are, as followers of Jesus we are already poised to continue to lift up prayers for those who are in authority. We pray for our government because... Read more >>

The Sound of Songs and Shouts of Joy

Psalm 118:14-15 The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation. The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. NASB Greetings! Here we sit just a few days away from the end of the election and the beginning of another term of service. We are so grateful for the season of prayer that has been multiplied throughout a very divided campaign. While those who seek to be elected have been talking to us, we have been talking with God; prayers poured out seeking the... Read more >>

Our Pastors' Families

The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. 1 Timothy 5:17 As we continue the theme of Pastor’s Appreciation Month, the scripture reminds us that leaders in the church, especially those who ‘work hard at preaching and teaching’ are worthy of ‘double honor’ – in context, the Apostle Paul is telling us to show them ‘much honor’ in both relationship and in provision for them AND their families.  Your pastor’s families are the unsung heroes of the local church, serving and sacrificing in ways that most... Read more >>

A Special Ministry Update from Kathy Branzell

As I write this letter, I cannot help but reflect on what an unprecedented, and unpredictable year that we are experiencing. Just a few short months ago, we would never have imagined the challenges we would face – as well as the glory of God that we have experienced this year – and the impact that they would have on our individual lives, churches, ministry organizations, and businesses.  We have all had to learn how to ‘pivot’; leaning into prayer at every turn and change to overcome the obstacles and take advantage of every opportunity that has come our way. We... Read more >>

Praying For Pastors & Churches in the Midst of a Pandemic

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:17-19a Marie Kondo instructs that the best way to clean out a closet is to take everything out and only put back the things that “spark... Read more >>

Special Days of Prayer: Praying for America and Jerusalem

  Listen to my words, LORD, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:1-3 NIV There is a renewed hope in the hearts of many Christians as we prayed together this past weekend in Washington D.C. and across America. Gatherings like The Return, the Prayer March, on-going 10 Days of Awe, 40 Days of Love, Re-digging the Wells of Revival and many more gatherings came together on this amazing... Read more >>

Praying During a Divisive Election

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Phil. 4:5-6) Every election season brings a certain degree of anxiety or uneasiness. The national elections of 2020 are bringing out, what seems to me, a greater level of anxiety and even anger than most election cycles. That’s why I wrote, “Praying For An Election: A Non-Partisan, Scripture-based Prayer Guide.” I’m seeing a number of choices being made. Some develop a posture of being above it all: “Jesus is... Read more >>

Introducing the National Day of Prayer 2021 Theme

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. My heart is full of joy and gratefulness as we just wrapped up our 2020 National Day of Prayer Coordinator’s Summit. This three-day virtual meeting was filled with prayer, inspiration from God’s Word and devotional messages from some of our leadership team. The days and evenings also included the introductions of new staff and National Area Leaders, information, project and partnership updates, vital training to equip our coordinators, and the announcement of our 2021 National Day of Prayer theme that... Read more >>

Lest We All Forget

The morning of September 11th, 2001 will forever be etched into my memory. I turned 41 that day, and like most birthdays the day began with thoughts and plans about celebrating that evening with my family. I couldn’t wait. Since it was a Tuesday, I got up early and made my way to our church building to pray with our men’s prayer group. As we finished up, the church staff was just getting in, and someone asked if we had heard about what had happened in New York – we turned on the television and watched in shock and disbelief... Read more >>