7 Encouraging Bible Verses About Prayer

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Prayer is a special way to connect with God, to set aside our anxieties, declare our hopes, envision our dreams, send out requests of healing for those we care about, and so much more.

Prayer grows and strengthens our relationship with God.

The Bible has a lot to say about prayer, so we gathered up seven verses all about prayer that will encourage you in your journey, from praying for your enemies to praising God in seasons of happiness.

7 Encouraging Bible Verses about Prayer

2 Chronicles 7:14 — “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

James 5:16 — “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

Colossians 4:2 — “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”

Romans 12:12 — “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

James 1:5 — “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

Matthew 5:44 — “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you . . .”

1 Timothy 2:1 — “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people”

Philippians 4:6 — “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God”

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10 Powerful Verses from Romans

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Get James Montgomery Boice’s To the Glory of God: A 40-Day Devotional on the Book of Romans.

The book of Romans has the power to change lives! This was seen in the life of Augustine, John Calvin, and even pastor James Boice’s understanding of the scriptures. The insights he found in Romans inspired him to preach an eight-year sermon series on the book of Romans.

In Romans the Apostle Paul clearly defines and shows how all scriptures points to Christ, his death, and resurrection. He exposes sinfulness for what it is, reveals the glory, goodness and righteousness of God, and demonstrates the importance of walking daily with the Lord!

We pulled together a list of 10 verses to help you see the encouragement, understanding and truth that Paul taught throughout the book of Romans.

10 Powerful Verses from Romans

Romans 1:16 – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

Romans 2:6-8 – “He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, He will give eternal life; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.”

Romans 3:23-24 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

Romans 4:7-8 – “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

Romans 5:6 – “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”

Romans 6:1-2, 7 – “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? For one who has died has been set free from sin.”

Romans 7:18-20 – “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.”

Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us.”

Romans 10:1 – “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.”

Romans 12:9-10 – “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”

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To learn more about the book of Romans get Boice’s To the Glory of God: A 40-Day Devotional on the Book of Romans.

 

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Enter to Win an iPad mini, Logos 6 Gold, and 5 Ebooks!

Good or God Giveaway

Through November 19, enter to win an iPad mini, Logos 6 Gold, and five ebooks from John and Lisa Bevere!

John Bevere and his wife Lisa are the founders of Messenger International, an organization established to help individuals, families, churches, and nations realize and experience the transforming power of God’s Word.

A minister and best-selling author, John delivers messages of uncompromising truth with boldness and passion. In John’s latest ebook, Good or God, John invites readers to engage with God on a new level:

“These days the terms good and God seem synonymous. We believe what’s generally accepted as good must be in line with God’s will. Generosity, humility, justice―good. Selfishness, arrogance, cruelty―evil. The distinction seems pretty straightforward. But is that all there is to it? If good is so obvious, why does the Bible say that we need discernment to recognize it? Good or God? isn’t another self-help message. This book will do more than ask you to change your behavior. It will empower you to engage with God on a level that will change every aspect of your life.” —John Bevere

August 2-January 22, they’re on tour spreading this message across the country. Check out their tour stops today!

To commemorate John Bevere’s new ebook and tour, we’re giving away an iPad mini, Logos 6 Gold, and five of John’s ebooks, including:

You’ll be able to read these ebooks with the free Vyrso app for iOS and Android, include them in your Bible study while using Logos 6 on your new iPad mini, or read online at Biblia.com.

Don’t miss out! Enter to win today:

Win an iPad mini, Logos 6 Gold, and 5 books!

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Tutorial: Scrolling Options in Your Vyrso App

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The Vyrso app is a great way to read on the go—it can house thousands of ebooks, perfect for storing your digital library. Originally it was designed to read just like a book—instead of scrolling vertically like an online article, you simply swipe the screen horizontally like you’re turning the page.

Although many enjoy swipe navigation, others prefer scrolling to navigate. And with the Vyrso app you can do whichever one you prefer. Vyrso’s settings will let you choose between swipe and vertical-scrolling options.

You can access this feature and try it right now in your app!

 

How to switch to vertical scrolling:

Your app defaults to swipe navigation when you first download your Vyrso app, but it’s easy to make the switch to vertical scrolling.

On iOS:

1. Open any resource in your Logos app.
2. Tap the screen once to bring up your options.
3. Tap the “Aa” symbol in your toolbar.
4. Tap the option for “Scrolling View.”

On Android:

1. Open the settings menu.
2. Check “Scroll View.”

The vertical scrolling option is also available in the Logos Bible App, Faithlife Study Bible app, the Noet app, and the Verbum app—which are all free in your app store of choice!

Get the free Vyrso app today, and you’ll find the joys of Christian ereading right at your fingertips.

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Happy Fourth of July! Celebrate with a Cobbler

Berry Cobbler

The Fourth of July is a historic U.S. holiday filled with warm weather, rich traditions, and most importantly good food!

This Independence Day, make everyone’s mouths water with affordable, easy-to-make recipes from Jonni McCoy’s Healthy Meals for Less: Great-Tasting Simple Recipes Under $1 a Serving.  

Using the Healthy Meals for Less recipe below you can bake a delicious Berry Cobbler for your friends and family! Bring your culinary creation to your Fourth of July celebration.

Find more delicious desserts and dishes when you get Healthy Meals for Less today!

Berry Cobbler

Serves 6
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Filling:

4 cups fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or boysenberries)*
½ cup brown sugar
2 T. whole wheat flour
½ tsp. lemon juice
1 T. water

*My favorite combination of berries is 2 cups blueberries with 2 cups blackberries.

Crust:

3 T. cold butter
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup brown sugar
1½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 cup low-fat milk

Instructions:

In a small saucepan, combine the berries, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, and water. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once a thick sauce forms, remove from heat, and pour into a greased 2-qt. baking dish or bread pan.

In a large mixing bowl, make the crust by cutting the butter into the flour with a pastry blender until the mixture is fine and crumbly. Add the brown sugar, baking powder, and salt, and mix. Stir in the milk to form a sticky dough. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto the berry mixture, covering all the berries. If desired, sprinkle the crust with 2 teaspoons granulated sugar. Bake at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. If desired, serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Cost per serving (1¼ cup): $0.51

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving:

Calories: 189
Fat: 7 grams
Cholesterol: 16 mg
Fiber: 5 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Sodium: 342 mg

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The Importance of Urban Ministry

Chicago resident Dr. John Fuder has served for over 30 years working in urban ministry, and currently trains and coaches the broader body of Christ to engage more deeply in contextualizing the gospel in their local communities.

What should the Church’s urban mission look like?

Dr. John Fuder answers in this episode of Faithlife Today:

In urban ministry it is essential that we don’t look to engage just one type of culture or one type of ethnicity, rather it is important to demonstrate Christ’s love to all communities. Urban ministry forces you to step out of your comfort zone and interact with people of varying cultural backgrounds and socioeconomic standings.

Eager to learn more about the Church’s urban mission? Get equipped with Dr. Fuder’s numerous works written on urban ministry including A Heart for the City: Effective Ministries to the Urban Community, A Heart for the Community: New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry, and more!

Browse all books by Dr. John Fuder.

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See more interviews and lectures with authors, speakers, and scholars on Faithlife Today, a new video series showcasing powerful insights, biblical inspiration, exclusive interviews, and more—all from your friends at Faithlife.

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Gain Wisdom from Decades of Experience

Learn from leading women in ministry.

Sometimes we can learn the best lessons from those who walked before us. Learning from their insight, wisdom and past choices lets us make better and more informed decisions.

Get the free ebook What I Wish I’d  Known and you’ll be able to gain insights from some of the most influential women in ministry.

Watch this episode of Faithlife Today to get a glimpse of what you’ll find in What I Wish I’d Known:

When talking about the new ebook, Tayler Beede points out it’s loaded with “the best bits of their wisdom condensed into one chapter and you can really glean a lot of wisdom from this one book.”

In What I Wish I’d Known, Kay Arthur, June Hunt, and Liz Curtis Higgs, and others wrestle with some of the biggest lessons they’ve learned over the years and pass their wisdom on to others facing the challenges of ministry. Get it free!

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See more interviews and lectures with authors, speakers, and scholars on Faithlife Today, a new video series showcasing powerful insights, biblical inspiration, exclusive interviews, and more—all from your friends at Faithlife.

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A Prayer for Those Serving

While My Soldier Serves

This Memorial Day, as we take time to reflect and remember the fallen, those serving, and the loved ones left behind, Vyrso is offering a prayer for joy in a soldier’s time abroad.

You can find many prayers for soldiers, including this one in the ebook While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military.

Dear Lord, I know my loved one is experiencing things I can’t even imagine. Just the phrase “horrors of war” strikes such fear in my heart for him. My prayer today is that he can look beyond his circumstances and find joy. Not the stuff that’s fleeting but a deep abiding feeling that will carry him through the dark times.

Let him see the love we have for him here at home. Give him the certainty that what he’s doing is for a greater good, even if at times it seems pointless. Show him that his sacrifice has meaning.

Let him see You at work around him. Surround him with friends and buddies. Let them laugh together, and spend time cutting up and, yes, even playing. Show him glimpses of the difference he’s making in this world.

Surprise him with meaningful communication from home. Show him that he’s not forgotten and instead is missed and already celebrated for the hero he is.

Lord, only You can accomplish these things, and although it scares me to ask, I believe You can do this. I know You love my loved one even more than I do, and You will honor this plea. Amen

“You give him blessings forever; You cheer him with joy in Your presence.”—Psalm 21:6 HCSB

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Excerpted from While My Soldier Serves by Edie Melson © 2015. Published by Worthy Publishing, a division of Worthy Media, Inc., Brentwood, TN. www.worthypublishing.com. Used by permission. Tell us what you thought of this excerpt on Twitter: #SoldierServes @WorthyPub

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Get Bible Reading Plans with the Free Vyrso App

Discover a space dedicated to bringing you one of the best Christian ereading experiences when you download the Vyrso app.

Vyrso has it all to make your Christian ereading experience even better! [Click to tweet!]

From convenient one-touch Bible references as you read devotionals and Christian living ebooks to letting you jump into another world as you read your favorite Christian fiction novels to choosing from a  variety of pre-loaded Bible reading plans and access to an ESV Bible.

The Vyrso app was created so that you can easily spend time in the Word. It automatically syncs your ebooks, notes, and reading plans across all your mobile devices no matter where you go.

Get more out of your daily Bible reading.

Vyrso’s reading plans are centered around Biblical topics and themes. You’ll be sent to passages on relevant topics and discover what the Bible has to say on topics like marriage, faith, promises, and more.

Pick out a preset Vyrso reading plan today:

1. From the homepage, locate the “Today’s Readings” section.

2. Tap the + Add Item icon.

Reading Plans Tutorial 1

3. Choose “Bible Reading Plan”.

4. Tap “New Reading Plan”.

5. Select Private or Group Reading Plan.

6. Select a plan preset from the list.

Reading Plans Tutorial 2

Vyrso let’s you stay in the Word daily! Download the Vyrso app today and you’ll find the joys of Christian ereading right at your fingertips.

 

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Take Notes in Your Ebook with the Free Vyrso App

The free Vyrso app is a great tool to enhance your Christian reading experience.

Vyrso offers over 6,000 titles on Christian living. One of my favorite parts about reading these titles in my Vyrso app is that I’m able to highlight and take notes on specific quotes.

Gone are the days of having to flip through pages to find highlighted sections or even having to scroll through my ebook hoping to find my highlights and notes.

When I take notes with the Vyrso app, I don’t have to worry about losing them—the Vyrso app not only keeps all of my notes in one place where they’re easy to find, but I can see highlighted sections in individual ebooks I’m reading.

Here’s how you can highlight important quotes, write notes, and find them with ease in the Vyrso app:

1. Start by tapping and holding a word at the beginning of the quote, then drag your finger across the text to begin highlighting and lift it in order to stop highlighting the text.

2. After the text is highlighted you will be prompted to Copy, Share, Highlight, or Note the specific selection of text. In this example we want to add a specific note to the text selection, so you would tap, “Note.”

Highlighting Tutorial

3. When your note opens, the “Note Title” will be pre-filled with the selected text, but can be changed as needed.

4. Enter in your personal thoughts and notes in the blank note field (below the Note Title).

Highlight Tutorial

5. Next select the “Document” that you wish to store this note in. Documents are a great way to organize notes and highlighted sections of your ebooks. Simply tap on the document name to bring up your list of documents or create a new Document by tapping on the “+” symbol

6. When you’re finished, simply tap “Done” and the note editor will close. You will be able to view the note in the ebook.

 Highlighting Tutorial

7. If you’re looking for a specific note, but don’t want to scroll through your entire resource, you can access your notes document by tapping, “More” in the bottom right and then selecting the “Notes” option.

Highlighting Tutorial

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Get the free Vyrso app today!

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