The Small Group Prayer Ministry

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A small group prayer ministry may not appear to be that productive, but with the right leadership it may be very effective.  Here are a few ideas on how to design this ministry.

1.  I think a small group ministry will operate best with two or three leaders.  These are the people that have the vision for this ministry.  Though everyone in the group will have responsibilities, the leaders will do most of the planning and organizing.  They should meet regularly, at least monthly to evaluate the groups progress, to plan events and strategies, and to pray together.

2. As to its location, I suggest that the group always meet in the same place so its members always know where to go. Since this will be a serious prayer group it must be a place without distractions. 

3. Though many from the group will probably attend the same church…

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Protection and Comfort in the Millennium

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In the millennium Christ the King will break the staff of the wicked who have continually persecuted and oppressed Israel; and He will give them rest for a thousand years (Isa. 14:3-6). And all during that long period the Lord Christ will be their refuge and stronghold (Joel 3:16). And He will camp around them, and the oppressor will no longer come near them (Zech. 9:8).  And the beasts of the earth will not devour them; but they will live securely, and no one will make them afraid” (Ezek. 34:28).

So it seems that in the millennium God will bring comfort to all those who have been oppressed (Isa. 61:2); but He will bring a special comfort to Israel. They will receive “a double portion.”  Here are a few passages that describe this.

Isaiah 51:3
Indeed, the Lord will comfort Zion;
He will comfort all her waste places.
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Confidence In the Bible – 5 Basic Meanings

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Confidence is an essential ingredient for prayer, as well as for Christian living.  In my study of this topic, I found seven different Hebrew and Greek words that could be translated as confidence (Hebrew: mibtach, betach, and batach; Greek: peitho, tharreo, parrhesia, and elpidos).  In these words, I found five basic meanings: confidence as security and safety, as assurance, as courage, as hope, and as trust.  We will now take a look at these meanings from a few verses of scripture.

Confidence is security and safety.  In Proverbs 14:26 it says, “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence [mibtach], and His children will have a place of refuge.”  Also in Proverbs 1:33 it says, “But whoever listens to Me will dwell safety [or confidently, betach] and will be secure, without fear of evil.”

Confidence is assurance.  In Philippians 1:3-6, Paul, beginning his letter…

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The Prayer Ministry of the Local Church

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Since people everywhere need prayer, we need prayer ministries everywhere. The design of your prayer ministry will be determined by two things: (1) by what the needs are, according to the location and type of ministry, and also (2) by whom your leaders are, according to their gifts and how God is calling and directing them.  In this blog post we will address the prayer ministry of the local church.

There is no right or wrong way to design any prayer ministry. There are so many things that can be done. Here are some of my own ideas for a local church prayer ministry—from my own experience and from what I have read and observed.

1. I think the senior pastor should lead the prayer ministry, or at least be a co-leader with another elder.He is the main leader of the church so it fits best if he leads…

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Five Purposes for the Biblical Millennium

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Have you ever considered why God thought it necessary to come to the earth some day and rule over the earth for 1000 years?  These five purposes, presented in no certain order, will give you a good foundation of knowledge as to the reasons for the millennial kingdom.

  1. To restore harmony to His creation. Certainly, all things will be put in order after the millennium, when God creates a new heaven and a new earth. So why is there a need to try to restore harmony to this present creation? Or why is there a need for the millennium at all? I don’t have all the answers, but what I have gathered from my reading is that there is a need to preserve God’s character in our mind, that it will not be said or thought of God that He started a work on this earth that He could not complete.  Therefore…

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How to Carry Burdens in Prayer

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When the Holy Spirit gives you a burden He also gives you the responsibility to hold it and carry it along.  For this reason, you must listen closely to the voice of God and give attention to those peculiar feelings of compassion He gives you for certain individuals.  Then when you feel a special mercy, tenderness, or pity for a person, give heed to this feeling—go immediately to prayer.

But give attention only to those unselfish concerns.  Pay no heed to those interests by which you will benefit from.  In this regard, be careful in your praying, as you pray for certain members of the opposite sex that you are attracted to.  Guard your heart, as your prayers may be nothing more than Satan’s trap to get you more emotionally attached, which in the end may have very destructive consequences. Overall, I think, to give yourself consistently and exclusively to…

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Five Functions of a Prayer Ministry

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The function of a prayer ministry is its purpose; and its function will tell us what it does; it will give us the reasons why we should have it. In this post we will discuss five functions of a prayer ministry.

Five Functions of a Prayer Ministry

1. It provides for teaching on prayer.Every prayer ministry should do some-thing to teach its people what prayer is and how to pray. If your ministry is in a church, and you are the head pastor, you should see to it that sermons are preached on prayer and that prayer is taught in Sunday school classes and bible study groups. Wherever your ministry is located, I think it would be good if you had prayer retreats and prayer conferences, where speakers would teach on prayer and where workshops would be given to learn about prayer. Moreover, you should encourage your people to…

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Worship in the Millennial Kingdom in Israel — According to Ezekiel 43-45

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003   We have been talking about what will go on on earth in the millennial kingdom of God.  Things will be very different then than they are now.  God’s people the Jews will be totally in charge and, strangely, you will see worship somewhat like it was back in Old Testament times.  And the Jews (and some Gentiles) in Jerusalem will worship in the millennial temple. There are several items that have always been in the former temples and that were part of the Mosaic system of worship that will no longer be used in the millennial temple and system of worship.  And this is understandable, for some of the former things such as the ark and the veil were designed to shut out people and protect them from the wrath of God against sins; but now (and forever), since we are under the new covenant, we may approach the throne of…

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Five ways to Recognize a Prayer Burden

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The type of burden we are interested in here is the burden that God carries upon His own heart, which He offers to us so that we may be moved in our spirit to join His Son in prayer. Here are five terms that will help you recognize this burden that God is giving you.

1. It is a peculiar compassion. First of all, most importantly, when God gives you a burden, He will place on your heart a compassion for a person or a need. The compassion He gives you will not be general, vague, or indefinite; rather, the Holy Spirit will draw you to take a peculiar interest in a certain thing or individual. According to Charles Finney, “When the Spirit of God leads an individual to take a peculiar interest, feel peculiar compassion and drawing of heart in prayer and labor for particular individuals, this influence…

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The Redistribution of the Land of Israel in the Millennial Kingdom

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After the land is enlarged and given its new and promised borders, it would seem logical that Jesus will next order the redistribution of the land.  Ezekiel 48:1-29 gives us the outline of how it will look (see map above).

The land will be divided into three portions.  In the northern section the land will be allotted to the tribes of Dan, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim, Reuben, and Judah, in that order from north to south (Ezek. 48:1-7).  In the southern section the land will be allotted to Benjamin, Simeon, Issachar, Zebulun and Gad, in that order (Ezek. 48:23-27).

The section in the middle will be known as the holy district. As you see on the map below

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in the center of this area will be a square shaped parcel of land, 25,000 cubits square (or 8 1/3 miles square).  This area, as you see, is divided into three sections. …

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