Prayer: Personal Problems With Prayer (Part 1)

Like many people, I take quite some time at the start of the year to reflect on the past year and envision what the next year could look like. One of the key reflections of last year was that my prayer life isn’t what it should be. Perhaps this is where you find yourself, feeling as though you aren’t hitting the mark in this area. We have all heard stories of these people who have powerful encounters with God in prayer and while it encourages, often it can feel like you have missed out. In the following blog posts we will be exploring prayer and its various facets. To begin with I want to share some of my own personal problems with Prayer:

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19/8 The Weekly Best

Articles:
Should Your Church Build A Bigger Building? – A balanced article that I would have to agree with a lot of the sentiments.
22 Problems With Multi-site churches – Some interesting perspectives on multi site churches.
5 Prayers For Your Teens – Pray often for your young people!
Is Pokemon Go demonic? – A well rationed article that gets to the real issues of the game, whilst not demonising it.
John MacArthur’s 9 Tips on Self-Discipline – “Practically speaking, how can a person develop self-discipline in his or her life?”
The Wonder of Work – “Our lives here are not only spent building sandcastles that will fade with the passing of time. We have the opportunity to build for all eternity, if we build on the right foundation and with the right materials.”
Video:
Bored Out Of Your Mind – Matt Chandler (2.5mins) – The traps we face in this generation…
HOW IT’S MADE: Christian Music (3mins) – Couldn’t help but laugh!
Podcast:
Should Children Sit Through “Big Church”? (11.40mins) – A really challenging perspective from John Piper on Children’s ministry.

5/8 The Weekly Best

Articles:
7 Different Ways To Read A Book – The motto “one-size-fits-all” rarely applies to a lot of things in life, particularly reading.
Why We Don’t Punish Our Kids – “Punishment seeks retribution; discipline seeks restoration. Punishment looks to the law; discipline looks to grace.”
Online Bible Study Resources – If you want to do some serious bible study have a look at some of these resources.
Accountability Software Comparison – Putting in save guards for your internet usage isn’t going to solve your browsing temptations but provides for you a tool to restrict access and have accountability.
How Can You Get A Mentor? – Some guidance in finding a mentor.
4 Way The World Will Pressure You To Conform – We are all living in a context and culture that has a huge influence on the way we see reality, the world and our purpose as people.

29/4 The Weekly Best

The Weekly Best is a project to put good articles in your hands each week that would encourage and support others personal growth. Each week I’ll share my favourite articles and podcasts that have helped shape my understanding of God, myself and the world.

Christian Articles:

Inside the Popular, Controversial Bethel Church -When there are many opinions about many churches circulating online Jones gives a helpful inside to this movement that is Bethel Church.

The least attended Church gathering – Shares the importance of prayer meetings.

A Prostitute’s Open Letter – This was a challenging read that sheds light on the inner workings of a prostitutes mind. This article has the power to open men’s minds forever on how women want to and don’t want to be treated in a porn saturated world.

Francis’ New Prostitution Laws – These laws have been pretty effective in reducing prostitution and therefore sex trafficking.

10 Principles for Productivity – I found this helpful to put productivity in perspective and give practical tips on achieving more.

Leadership Articles:

9 Entrepreneur Habits That Lead to Long-Term Success – No matter what your goal is, we all need healthy mechanisms to achieve our goals and vision.
9 RESEARCH-BACKED WAYS TO SPARK YOUR CREATIVITY – Some practical advice when you’re stuck for ideas.

 

Podcasts:

10 Top Productivity Hacks: Michael Hytt – Once again some helpful strategies on how to get more done.

The Six Types of Leaders, Pt. 1&2: Craig Groeschel Podcast – These Podcasts have been extremely helpful for some food for thought.