‘Praying in the Spirit’ by Dr. George O. Wood


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In this video, Dr. George O. Wood speaks on the topic, “Praying in the Spirit.” His sermon was part of the Assemblies of God’s annual Prayer & Bible Conference, held this year at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas.

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What and How to Pray for Your Kids: A Review of ‘Praying Circles Around Your Children’ by Mark Batterson


Praying Circles Around Your Children Batterson, Mark. 2012. Praying Circles Around Your Children. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

My wife and I want to be the best possible mom and dad for our son. As Christians, we understand that this includes praying regularly for him. But what should we pray? And how should we pray? That is the topic of Mark Batterson’s excellent little book, Praying Circles Around Your Children.

Mark is pastor of National Community Church in Washington DC, a prolific author, and—full disclosure—a personal friend. Praying Circles is a spinoff of his longer book on prayer, The Circle Maker, which I also highly recommend reading. (See my interview with Mark about that book here.)

Praying Circles talks about five things we ought to do when we pray for our children:

  1. Circle the promises of God
  2. Make prayer lists
  3. Create prayer mantras
  4. Form prayer circles
  5. Pray through the Bible

Each short chapter includes relevant Bible teaching, on-point personal anecdotes, and eminently quotable advice.

The small group that my wife and I attend is currently reading Praying Circles. The book is provoking great discussion among us. Most of all, it’s inspiring us to pray more for our kids. And that’s good, for as Mark writes: “Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets who shape the destinies of their children, grandchildren, and every generation that follows.”

Praying Circles Around Your Children is a great introduction to what and how to pray for your kids. I highly recommend it.

P.S. If you found this review helpful, please vote “Yes” on my Amazon.com review page.

Daily Points for the Week of Prayer (January 6-12)


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January 6, 2013 kicks off the Week of Prayer across the Assemblies of God Fellowship. You can participate by using the points below to join in prayer with others across the nation each day.

Sunday, January 6:

“If my people…will humble themselves”
We repent of our spiritual indifference and commit to walk humbly before You.

Monday, January 7:

“If my people…will pray”
We commit to daily communion with You through prayer.

Tuesday, January 8:

“If my people…will seek my face”
We seek to experience the nearness and intimacy of Your presence.

Wednesday, January 9:

“If my people…will turn from their wicked ways”
We repent of ungodly influences that we have allowed in our lives.

Thursday, January 10:

“Then I will hear from heaven”
We praise You, O God, for attending to cries of our hearts.

Friday, January 11:

“I will forgive their sin”
We thank You for Your peace that comes with forgiveness.

Saturday, January 12:

“I will heal their land”
Thank you for pouring out Your healing upon Your people!

To help remind you to pray, download the 7:14 Prayer App for iPhone and iPad. (The app for Android is forthcoming.)

2 Chron 7 14And check out 2 Chronicles 7:14: a 28-Day Journey in Prayer by Dr. Jim Bradford.

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