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Lord, Teach Us to Pray

There have been times in my life when I just couldn't make it without prayer. Sometimes our challenges can simply feel overwhelming, but when you're able to connect with God in a personal way and have others join with you in prayer, you can literally feel the heaviness start to dissipate. A fresh buoyancy lift s your spirit with the assurance that God is in control. I'm grateful for those who have been there for me, and it's a privilege for us to be here for you and others when you connect with us by phone, email or letter. Some who have been in touch with us simply want to say, "Thanks for praying" like this man who emailed these words:

"I would like to thank 100 Huntley Street and all of the staff for their ministry and outreach programs. I have spoken to wonderful people on your prayer line several times and have always appreciated your prayers and words of comfort." ~ Keith

Thank you for your support, which makes our prayer line possible. Our 24/7 phone lines have been an integral part of Crossroads ministry ever since the daily 100 Huntley Street telecast hit the airwaves in 1977. David Mainse founded this ministry on prayer, and it continues to play a vital role.

During this month of February, we are having an emphasis on the importance of prayer in our daily lives. Our Crossroads Global CEO, Dr. John Hull, has coauthored a tremendous book entitled PIVOTAL PRAYING, and John will be sharing teachings with us on 100 Huntley Street. The book's subtitle is Connecting with God in Times of Great Need, and John will provide us with some solid Biblical guidelines for praying strategically and effectively, especially at those pivotal moments in our lives or in the life of a loved one.

John G. Lake, an influential Christian leader in the early 20th century, observed, "There is a mighty lot of difference between saying prayers and praying." That is so true!

After witnessing many amazing miracles that Jesus performed, it's interesting that His disciples did not ask Him to teach them to open blind eyes, calm a stormy sea, or multiply food. Rather, Jesus' disciples asked Him, "Lord, teach us to pray" (Luke 11:1). They realized that it was in the place of prayer that Jesus received His power, direction and strength from His Father.

Together, during the month of February, let us be disciples/students of Jesus and His Word in relation to the all-important discipline of Prayer!

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