Wrestling in Prayer

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. - Ephesians 6:12 [hr]   Growing up in Iowa, wrestling was a part of the culture, and Iowa’s favorite wrestling ‘son’ was Dan Gable.  During his prep days and college career at Iowa State, he compiled an unbelievable record of 182 wins and 1 loss. His only defeat came in the NCAA finals his senior year. Gable was a three-time all-American and three-time Big Eight champion. Dan Gable,... Read more >>

Devotionals on Prayer #1

[hr] [typography font="Cantarell" size="24" size_format="px"]Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples." — Luke 11:1 [/typography] [hr]   Jesus gave us the model for all prayer in what we call "The Lord's Prayer." And although there is nothing wrong with praying it verbatim, The Lord's Prayer is more of a model, or a template, for prayer. Jesus began with, "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name" (Luke 11:2). Now if we had... Read more >>

PRAY FOR AMERICA - Call to Prayer

Join Shirley Dobson, Lisa Crump, John Bornschein, Dion Elmore and a panel of special guests as we PRAY FOR AMERICA.  WHEN: Thursday, February 6, 2014TIME: 10:00-11:30 p.m. Eastern Time ZoneHOW: Call 712-432-0075 (enter PIN: 4961322#)   Read more >>

2013 Theme and Verse

The upcoming 62nd annual National Day of Prayer, May 2, 2013, will have profound significance for our country.  We have an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne.  To echo the words of Mary Ball Washington, mother of our nation’s first president, we believe it is time to “Remember that God is our only sure trust.”   Our theme for 2013 is Pray for America, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator,... Read more >>

Church Events

Here are some helpful Church Prayer Event Ideas being utilized by other groups around the country: Place your list items here   Have children punch holes in the NDP Bookmarks and tie red and blue ribbons on them. Then pass them out to the congregation after the service.   Pray for Everyday Heroes – The National Day of Prayer Task Force has created an easy-to-use kit complete with study guides, videos and more. Use the balloons, included in the kit, to write prayers from children, attach and release as a symbol for the power of prayer ascending into the heavens.   Have... Read more >>

Community Events

Host a neighborhood dessert potluck at your home and enjoy a time of prayer for the community. Have a prayer station at the YMCA. 7 Centers of Influence: Create prayer stations featuring prayer needs and tangible items from each of the following areas of influence in our society: Government, Military, Media, Family, Church, Education, and Business. In addition, you could invite representatives from each to share briefly and pray. Feel free to use the NDP provided prayer guides and resources to assist you. Encourage local residents to tie red, white and blue ribbons on car antennas beginning in late April... Read more >>

Prayers that Change History

2013 – I almost have to pause and reflect every time I write the number thirteen after the month and day. It seems like only yesterday the world was anxiously preparing for the computer apocalypse referred to as Y2K. Countless discussions and rumors from skeptics and pessimists alike occurred at every coffee shop and water cooler across the land. Many gathered rations while others overindulged as though 1999 was the end of society. The watching world gathered at events and around television sets and radios to be the first to witness the collapse of modern civilization or at the very... Read more >>

The Purpose of Hopeful Prayer – Week One

"The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." - James 5:16b[hr]Availing Through Prayer A key purpose of hopeful prayer is to ‘avail much’! Availing means to have or exercise force. Much means abundantly or in every way. Availing Prayer must be Intentional In order to avail, we must set out with the purpose of accomplishing something. In order for us to avail, or exercise force against something in a great or abundant way. Our prayers must be focused! Our prayers must be effective! Our prayers must be fervent! Availing Prayer must be Forceful The words translated effective and... Read more >>

The Lifeline of Prayer

I learned to depend on the Lord early in my childhood. During those turbulent years, my mother held our little family together. Though she wasn’t a Christian at the time, she knew that she needed all the help she could get as she raised her children. So she sent my brother and me to church every Sunday, and it was there that I was introduced to Jesus Christ and invited Him into my heart.As I learned how to pray and began speaking to the Lord, I sensed His love and care for me. Amid the chaos of our disintegrating family,... Read more >>

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Hard to believe it is 2013. It is quite amazing when you think about it that another year is in the history books and you contributed to the greater story. That’s right – every action you make has an outcome that impacts potentially generations to come. It is not our story but HIS story we are blessed to be a part of – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).  I am especially... Read more >>