This month: 179 - The Power of Prayer
Exploring the Heart of Restoration

Matt Dabbs

Matt is the preaching minister at the Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. He and Missy have been married 12 years and are raising two wonderful boys, Jonah and Elijah. Matt is passionate about reaching and discipling young adults, small groups, and teaching. Matt is currently the editor and co-owner of Wineskins.org.

Homepage: http://mattdabbs.com

Prayer is about a relationship. Like any other conversation in your life you build and grow your relationship through conversation. Unlike any other conversation in your life you don’t get the direct feedback like you do from a human being sitting in front of you. Because of that, prayer can be a bit awkward at first. It might feel like you are talking to the wall. You…

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By Michael Summers

The uncertainty leading up to the Presidential election drove many to their knees in prayer, regardless of political affiliation. For many conservative Christians, concern for the unborn and convictions about marriage or sexuality informed their prayers. For some of them, and for others, concern for ethics and morality in society (especially among our leaders), passion for the plight of the economically…

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Marriage and family therapists often say that frequency of sex can be a thermometer for the health of a marriage. It isn’t a perfect indicator but a change in frequency of sex can show that other issues are present.

Intimacy requires connection. Obviously, that expresses itself differently between men and women but you cannot have connection without communication.

The same…

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I believe it is important to pray God’s will be done. We never know what God is going to do. Often what God is going to do is far greater than anything I can ask or imagine (Eph 3:20-21). What I am about to say in no way imagines that I can know the mind of God or anticipate what He is going to do.

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There are no cookie cutters for this or easy steps…but there are principles that can help you deepen your prayer life.

The first is repentance. You can’t have a deep prayer life if you refuse repentance. How does a person come before the Holy God of the universe unrepentant? Unrepentance keeps God at a distance and it doesn’t allow the submission that is necessary…

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Just over a year ago two people who I love and respect told me that I needed to have a regular rhythm of fasting and prayer. The first time I was told that, I didn’t try it. When I heard it a second time a few weeks later, I thought maybe God was trying to get my attention.

I cannot tell you how glad…

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A revolutionary book came out in the late 1930s by C.R. Nichol entitled, “God’s Woman”. In that book Nichol challenged many traditional views on women’s participation in the assembly (covering the pertinent New Testament scripture in 1 Timothy and 1 Corinthians) as well as women in the home. The book was accepted by many people you might find…

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As we go through life there are upheavals in our prayer life. As a child we learn to pray what our parents pray. As we mature we take on our own relationship with God which also means we take on our own conversation with God. As we continue to mature and our faith gets tested, ideally, our prayers get deeper because our prayers are a natural reflection…

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As we wrap up the month of September we have a video lesson series walking through the book of James, one chapter at a time. The final video will post next week and will be added to this article at that time. We hope and pray this material blesses your life and enriches your faith!

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If there was ever a time of people fighting and quarreling it is today – mostly online, far less in person. It is so tempting to think that the fights we engage in with people are the other person’s fault – or they made us angry…if only they hadn’t said that…but what about the fact that the fight or argument intrigues us enough to dive…

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