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Posts by Karen Barber

Would You Like to Try Fasting and Prayer?

Have you ever tried fasting and prayer?  In the past I haven’t really made fasting a regular part of my  prayer life, but when I have, I’ve found that fasting is effective in helping me remember the things that I need God’s help in handling. Skipping breakfast Recently I was fasting because I had a…

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Praying on Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday? Surprising Reasons Why

We don’t often connect prayer with Mardi Gras.  Today it’s celebrated as a fun festival with parades and parties.  But the final day, called Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, has its roots in church history.  It’s the day before Ash Wednesday when Christians traditionally enter a 40 day period of self examination, fasting, prayer and…

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Unanswered Prayer: Finding God’s Prayer Answer Poem by Francis Scott Key

Unanswered prayer when problems don’t go away?  A surprising solution to unanswered prayer is found in the poem “Efficacy of Prayer” written by Francis Scott Key, who is famous for having written the US National Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner.” The word efficacy means effectiveness or the ability to produce results.  By entitling this poem…

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How much do you need a prayer chapel?

You may not know it, but you really need a prayer chapel.  When was the last time you found a place where just stepping inside for a moment calmed you and centered you and helped you feel that God was there? A few years back our church completed a building renovation that included the creation…

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Praying about Tragedy? How do you do it?

Are you praying about tragedy?  Have you ever been asked to pray about a tragic situation that makes you feel incredibly sad and helpless?     “Please pray for a friend whose son just died of a drug overdose,” a member of our adult Sunday school class said this week during prayer request time.  As he told…

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Drug Overdose Prayer for Victims and Families

This drug overdose prayer for victims of heroine overdose can be used a memorial or funeral services or by grieving family members and friends when a loved one dies of a drug overdose. Drug Overdose Prayer for Victims and Families Dear God of All, We come to you grieving with broken hearts over our loved…

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Election Loss Prayer

  After the election loss of a candidate or cause that we have supported, we can turn to God in prayer for perspective, comfort and guidance.  Here is an election loss prayer that you can use to tell God about your thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears. Election Loss Prayer Dear Ruler of the Universe, I…

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Voters Prayer During Elections

  Having the privilege of voting for our local and national leaders brings with it the responsibility to use our vote wisely.  Praying for God’s guidance for ourselves and for our fellow citizens in electing good leaders makes our governments stronger.  Here is a voter’s election prayer that can be used  for local or national…

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Storm Preparation and Protection Prayer

  This storm preparation and protection prayer can be used for those facing storms such as  hurricanes,tornadoes and floods. Storm Preparation and Protection Prayer Dear God of all creation, we come to you today praying your help and protection for those who in the path of a storm. As the storm approaches, we pray that…

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