Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Praying Through the Bible

10 Prayer Principles of the Lord Jesus Christ, Part 1 (Praying Through the Bible #116)

Published November 26, 2014

Listen to the audio version: Click Here TEXT: Matthew 6:5-8 5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, […]

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Why We Ought to Pray for Our Enemies, Part 3 (Praying Through the Bible #115)

Published November 19, 2014

Click here to download audio. TEXT: Matthew 5:43-48 At the beginning of this week, the world was shocked and appalled by the vicious terror attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem that left 5 people dead and 7 others wounded. If we put ourselves in the shoes of the Jews and Palestinians, we might begin to imagine how centuries of hatred and animosity between the two people groups have built up to the ongoing conflict that we see happening in Israel today. It is in a similar era of conflict and animosity that Jesus Christ gave His command to love and […]

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Why We Ought to Pray for Our Enemies, Part 2 (Praying Through the Bible #114)

Published November 13, 2014

Listen to the audio version: Click Here TEXT: Matthew 5:43-48 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For […]

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Why We Ought to Pray for Our Enemies, Part 1 (Praying Through the Bible #113)

Published November 5, 2014

Listen to the audio version: Click Here TEXT: Matthew 5:43-48 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For […]

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Prayer: Exciting, Encouraging, Engaging (Lessons from Earth’s Golden Age, Part 3) (Praying Through the Bible #112)

Published October 29, 2014

Listen to the audio version: Click Here TEXT: Zechariah 8:20-22: “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord.” In this mini-series, looking at three verses that are part of a prophetic passage […]

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Prayer: Exciting, Encouraging, Engaging (Lessons from Earth’s Golden Age, Part 2) (Praying Through the Bible #111)

Published October 22, 2014

Listen to the audio version: Click Here TEXT: Zechariah 8:20-22: “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord.” Last week, we began looking at three verses that are part of a prophetic […]

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Prayer: Exciting, Encouraging, Engaging (Lessons from Earth’s Golden Age, Part 1) (Praying Through the Bible #110)

Published October 15, 2014

Listen to the audio version: Click Here TEXT: Zechariah 8:20-22: “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord.” The three verses that we are looking at today are part of a prophetic […]

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God Wants Realness Not Ritual in Prayer and Fasting, Part 4 (Praying Through the Bible #109)

Published October 9, 2014

Listen to the audio version: Click Here TEXT: Zechariah 7:8-14 8 And the word of the Lord came unto Zechariah, saying, 9 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: 10 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. 11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. 12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest […]

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God Wants Realness Not Ritual in Prayer and Fasting, Part 3 (Praying Through the Bible #108)

Published October 1, 2014

Listen to the audio version: Click Here TEXT: Zechariah 7:8-14 Many of us have, at times, struggled with going through the motions in our spiritual lives. Perhaps we have struggled with feeling like we are just doing something because that is what we have always done or because it is what we think someone expects of us. If we are honest with ourselves, we know that our hearts are not really into what we are doing. Over the past two weeks we have looked at the issue of ritualism in our prayer life. God addressed this issue with the Israelites […]

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God Wants Realness Not Ritual in Prayer and Fasting, Part 2 (Praying Through the Bible #107)

Published September 24, 2014

Listen to the audio version: Click Here TEXT: Zechariah 7:8-14 On last week, we looked at the first seven verses of Zechariah 7 in which some of the children of Israel who had returned from exile in Babylon came to Jerusalem to inquire about whether or not they should continue to observe ritual fasts that they had begun observing during the 70-year exile. God, through His prophet Zechariah, lets them know that He has no interest in their man-made rituals, especially if they are not carried out with a spirit of realness, sincerity, and purity before Him. God states that […]

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God Wants Realness Not Ritual in Prayer and Fasting, Part 1 (Praying Through the Bible #106)

Published September 17, 2014

Listen to the audio version: Part A | Part B TEXT: Zechariah 7:1-7 A Christian man once told the story of how he went to a men’s conference to learn how to be a better husband. One of the speakers at the conference was a very well-respected relationship expert, and he gave the men some guidelines on how they should treat their wives on a regular basis in order to have a harmonious marriage. For example, he said: on Tuesdays, take your wife out for dinner; on Thursdays, buy your wife some flowers; on Saturday, stay home with the children […]

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Habakkuk’s Prayer of Praise, Prayer for Revival, and Prayer for Mercy, Part 2 (Praying Through the Bible #105)

Published September 10, 2014

Listen to the audio version: Click Here TEXT: Habakkuk 3:1-2: “A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.” In part 1 of this message, we were introduced to the prophet Habakkuk. He likely lived during the reign of the good King Josiah and was led to prophesy during the reigns of the evil kings who came after Josiah. Habakkuk’s problem with God was that, although he knew […]

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Habakkuk’s Prayer of Praise, Prayer for Revival, and Prayer for Mercy, Part 1 (Praying Through the Bible #104)

Published September 4, 2014

Listen to the audio version: Click Here TEXT: 2 Timothy 4:7-8 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Today, as we continue our journey through the Bible using the classic Christian allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress, as a tool for illustration, we are returning to a topic that is crucially important for Christians to […]

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The Prayer of Jonah (Part 3) (Praying Through the Bible #103)

Published August 27, 2014

Listen to the audio version: Part A | Part B Listen in 100 Languages TEXT: Jonah 4:1-5 In our last message, we saw in point one that Jonah obeyed God, but His heart was not right about the mission. When Jonah saw that the people of Ninevah had repented, the Bible tells us “it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.” The Hebrew text tells us that Jonah “got hot.” Imagine a minister today who preaches for people to get rid of the sin in their lives, but when people start coming down to the altar to confess and […]

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The Prayer of Jonah (Part 2) (Praying Through the Bible #102)

Published August 20, 2014

Listen to the audio version: Click here Listen in 100 Languages TEXT: Jonah 4:1-5 Today, we return to the familiar story of Jonah. Last time we saw Jonah, he was quite literally at rock bottom. God had told him to go and preach in Ninevah, but instead, he had tried to run from God by escaping on a ship to Tarshish. But God sent a storm after the ship and Jonah got thrown out into the sea where a great fish was waiting for him. In the belly of that great fish, Jonah thought God had forsaken him, but after […]

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The Prayer of Jonah (Part 1) (Praying Through the Bible #101)

Published August 13, 2014

Listen to the audio version: Part 1 | Part 2 Listen in 100 Languages TEXT: Jonah 2 We are all familiar with Jonah’s story. He was the disobedient prophet whom God told to go and preach at Ninevah, but he didn’t want to go, and he thought he could run away from God. Jonah got on a ship headed in the opposite direction. The ship was going to Tarshish which was all the way at the other end of the Mediterranean Sea in modern-day Spain. Well, Jonah found that just as God knew how to get to him on land, […]

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Standing in the Gap (Part 8)

Published August 6, 2014

Click here to listen to the audio version. Switch to Another Language Praying Through the Bible #100 TEXT: Daniel 9:11-17 Jennifer Kennedy Dean, the founder of the Praying Life Foundation, wrote the following in her book titled Live a Praying Life: “To pray with power, the pray-er must agree with God. A pray-er must be in agreement with the intercession of Jesus, who is always in agreement with the will of God. When more than one intercessor, each of whom is in agreement with God, come together to pray God’s will, then anything they ask Him to do, He will […]

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Standing in the Gap (Part 7)

Published July 31, 2014

Click here to listen to the audio version: Part 1, Part 2 Switch to Another Language TEXT: Daniel 9:15-19 15 And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly. 16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people […]

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Standing in the Gap (Part 6)

Published July 23, 2014

Click here to listen to the audio version. Switch to Another Language TEXT: Daniel 9:15-19 15 And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly. 16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach […]

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Standing in the Gap (Part 5)

Published July 17, 2014

Praying Through the Bible #97 TEXT: Daniel 9:1-8 Today, we are going to look at the matter of repentance as a special people set apart for God. Much of what Daniel addresses in his prayer regarding the children of Israel can be seen in the history of the church. Just as in the Old Testament era, God chose the Jews to be His representatives on Earth, in the New Testament era, God has called out the church to be His representatives on earth. And, just as the children of Israel often failed in that duty, we have failed in our […]

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