Prayer to the Holy Spirit

As we live in light of Pentecost, which we celebrated yesterday, this Puritan prayer to the Holy Spirit from Valley of Vision seeks the work of the Spirit in our hearts. May we be drawn evermore to Christ.

The Risks of Corporate Prayer

Maybe you’re like the Danish writer Søren Kierkegaard, who was suspicious of groups of people. “The crowd,” he claimed, “is untruth.” Now imagine how dangerous a crowd might be if it acted in the name of God. But when the people of God pray together in the Bible, we mostly don’t see them acting at…

Invitation to Open Prayer

We live in turbulent times. The recent election has polarized communities and even families. Protests arise in city-centers. Pundits try to make sense of voter turnout and failed polls. And on a local level, everyone seems a little less comfortable and willing to make eye-contact. Where is the church in the midst of this? Where…

Helping Your Kids Start the School Year Well

It’s just around the corner: “the most wonderful time of the year”…back to school. Sports, youth group, Awana, Sunday School, curriculum nights, small groups, scouts, and many other activities are also starting up. All that empty space on the calendar seems to fill up too quickly. Summer – that welcome break from routines, homework and…

Gospel-Influenced Prayer

We often hear that prayer is a two-way street and that through prayer we commune with God. Then we sometimes find ourselves offering to the Lord only requests and self-centered petitions in prayer. Tim Keller shares in this article how the Gospel changes our prayer lives. “The gospel means that we are not obeying God to get…

Enlarge Our Hearts

Over the course of the last 30 days as we have followed this prayer guide we have asked God to work among the communities in which we live. And rightly so, for we know that the North Shore needs to wake up to the riches and wonder of Christ-for-us. And yet…church historians note that in…

Praying Day-to-Day

Those following the 30 Days of Prayer Guide will find themselves praying today about affordability. Just yesterday the following article ran in the Salem News and readers will find it complements our day of prayer quite well: Housing crunch leaves renters, buyers waiting. We hope that the discipline of using a local Prayer Guide will…

30 Days of Prayer for the North Shore

On Sunday we kicked off 30 days of prayer for the North Shore. To unite our hearts, we have provided a Prayer Guide written by local people and born from the desire to meet God where he is working, right here in our communities. Why a prayer guide like this? In Scripture, prayer is not treated…

 
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