5 Ways Pastors Create a Prayer Culture 

Most of us agree with John Maxwell’s well-known adage, “Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.” By that definition, the pastor’s leadership influences the ministry of the local church. This is particularly true in building a culture of prayer. Your culture determines your future, so it cannot be left to chance. A culture of prayer […]

Books Every Prayer Leader Should Read

Frederick Douglass was born a slave to an enslaved Black mother almost 50 years before slavery ended in America. School for slaves on the plantation was out of the question, so he learned to read when others helped him understand the letters on signs and posters on barn doors. He eventually escaped from slavery and […]

Three Prayer Lessons From the Life of Jesus

Have you ever seen the bumper sticker that says, “If you can read this, thank a teacher”? Maybe we should say the same thing about prayer. Jesus is addressed 90 times in the Gospels, and 60 of those times He is referred to as “Teacher.” Jesus had a lot to teach, but His disciples asked […]

Surprising Answers About Unanswered Prayers

Americans are surprisingly optimistic about answered prayer. In fact, nearly 25 percent of people who pray told Lifeway that all their prayers are answered!  The majority of people, 58 percent, report that “some” or “most” of their prayers get answered (“Americans Pray for Friends and Family, but Rarely for Celebrities or Sports Teams” – Lifeway […]

How to Reconstruct a Broken Prayer Life

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D., is not an evangelical. In fact, she is not even a Christian. She claims to be an atheist. Professor Greenberg studied at Yale and described herself as “a New York Upper West Side liberal, [and] a firm believer in science and rationality.” A nagging sense of what she calls “survivors’ guilt,” however, […]

Getting Serious About Daily Prayer

Charles Spurgeon was right. He once said, “He who prays much will pray more and he who prays little will pray less.” In fact, a new survey finds that the Americans who want to pray more are the people who already pray. Since the poll was taken in December 2023 and related to “New Year’s […]

‘The Ends of the Earth’ in One City

Dinner time has arrived, smoke from outdoor grills fills the air, generators are running because of the routine power circulation, and Rooibos tea is brewing. People from Zambia, Chile, Brazil, Scotland, Mexico, Uganda, Angola, Somalia, Morocco, and the United States get off work and head home. Behind concrete walls, with electric fencing and security systems, […]

In wake of Hamlin injury, prayer gets public show of support

An elevated call for prayer in recent days shows not only that more people believe in its power, but that studies indicating a lack of belief in God may be premature. Those sentiments have been reflected by Southern Baptists and others during the recovery of Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin. The second-year safety was dismissed […]

How Churches Can Pray for Schools

When South Carolina schools dropped on the Nation’s Report Card from 39th to 47th place in literacy, the South Carolina Baptist Convention realized something must change. A major indicator of a child’s success in life is the ability to read on their grade level by the time they complete third grade. Recognizing this, the state […]