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Prayer Training

Jesus disciples asked one of the most important questions that we can ever ask the Lord when they asked him to teach them to pray...

"And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples." (Luke 11:1)

Not many people realize that prayer is a learned practice. It's not just something that we automatically know how to do. No, it's something that we have to learn. It's not that it's all that hard, but there is a right and wrong way to pray. If there weren't, then James wouldn't have said that "the effectual prayer of the righteous man availeth much." (James 5:16) This scripture tells me that if effective prayer avails much, then ineffective prayer must not.

As for me, I am extremely blessed in that I was trained to pray and then became a corporate prayer leader and prayer instructor at Living Word Christian Center (http://www.livingwd.org/ministries/prayerministry/), one of the best prayer ministries in America under the direction of Dr. Veronica Winston. At Living Word, corporate prayer is held three times a week and an 10 week intercessory prayer training class is attended by people city wide because of the revelation that is taught. I personally believe that prayer is one of the foundational activities of the church because there is such power in it. Effective prayer changes things. It is the catalyst that brings the power of God to bear on any and every situation.

So, starting this Tuesday, March 18th, if you are in the Colorado Springs area, please plan to join us for Intercessory prayer training. The meetings will last from 2-4 with one hour of prayer training and an hour of corporate prayer. The training is designed to strengthen your relationship with God, teach you to pray more effectively, and develop a biblically based prayer life. In corporate prayer you can join your faith together with other Believers in united prayer on a variety of topics including health, marriage, family, finances, the local church, the upcoming elections, etc. If you would like more information please contact the ministry directly at info@sjmi.org.

For those of you not in the Colorado Springs area, I encourage you to contact Bill Winston Ministries at http://www.bwm.org/store/item.asp?DEPARTMENT_ID=26&ITEM_ID=115 to order Dr. Veronica Winston's book on prayer. It's something I keep in my bible all the time and includes powerful prayer confessions on a variety of topics.