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Searching for a Father is an inside look into Ramadan to equip you to pray for Muslims.

But it’s more than a prayer guide. It’s a story that draws a human portrait of the experiences and challenges many Muslims encounter – Frontiers

Searching for a Father is a great guide to help you pray for the millions of Muslims who don’t know Christ during the month of Ramadan (June 5—July 5). Frontiers hopes to join Christians around the world to ask the Lord to lead many Muslims to discover the answers to their souls’ deepest questions—not in the religion of Islam, but in peace with God and salvation through Jesus Christ. Click here to learn more on how you can join in on this prayer journey.

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Ramadan is the most holy month in the Islamic calendar. It’s a time for Muslims to refocus their devotion to Islam as they fast from all food and drink from sunrise until sunset.

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I try to pray for our President and the leaders that lead this nation as much as I can. I love seeing pictures of these Easter prayer breakfasts when over 100+ Christian leaders are invited to the White House. Most of the leaders that are usually there are Godly people who have influenced me throughout my own personal journey. Carlos Whittaker led this morning’s breakfast with Nothing but the Blood. I love this picture he sent out with President Obama next to him as he sang some worship songs. I pray for God’s presence in Washington and for wisdom for our leaders to know what’s right and the courage to do it.

Blessed is the nation whose God is Lord  – B. Graham

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Tonight I had to have that tough talk with my son about death. As a father you always look for opportunities to connect with your child about real life situations. But death is a hard one because you don’t know what goes on in a child’s head when it happens. I know the experience will be beneficial in the long run, but it’s still never fun.

A family from my former church was in a car accident and their 13-year-old was killed on Monday. He was a friend of my son’s and in his discipleship group. The church called me to let me know that night. Tonight his group leader took all the kids out to talk about it and to celebrate his life. I was in student ministries for many years and have led boys in this age group and it is not easy to try to chat with them about this subject. I know for me I try to do less talking and let them ask as many questions as they want.

When I told my son, he sat in silence for a bit. I asked him how he was doing and he said ok. I’ve grown really close to both my kids over the past couple years because of family tragedies. So I’m very thankful to the Lord for these moments to bond. My kids are growing up and will soon be on their own. I didn’t have a father who was there for me during the tough trials of life (I do now..), so it’s important for me to make sure I’m there for them. I pray for this family and I feel for their loss. Being a parent is a wonderful thing and I am so blessed that God gave me two great boys to raise. But this tragedy has made me realize I could lose anyone one of mine at anytime. So I’m going to cherish this moment I had with him to connect over this.

Please pray for the Galaska family who lost their youngest child in that accident. Their oldest child needs your prayers! Visit their CaringBridge page. Blessings!

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One of the most incredible moments I had at my first Passion event was to spend time in the Kneel room. I was with my friend Shauna and her and I must have spent a couple of hours in prayer and taking time to journal our experiences. It was an incredible moment and to see all the young adults in silence praying to God was an awesome sight. Kneel is the Passion 2013 prayer journey room where you can spend some quiet time with the Lord. You can posture yourself in any way that suits you before the cross. There are eight stations with different scripture verses and suggestions of things to pray for this generation and for the Passion movement. I wrote pages and pages in my journal of how God was speaking to me. It was a fitting way for me to end my journey here at Passion 2013. I am so thankful to God for bringing me here to be a part of all this.

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El Roi

In Genesis 16, we see that Sarai gives a slave girl (Hagar) to Abram to bear him a child because she didn’t believe in God’s promise for herself to bear a child. After Hagar gets pregnant, Sarai begins to get jealous and Hagar flees her into the desert. She cries out to the Lord and Jesus appears before her:

And the angel also said, “You are now pregnant and will give birth to a son. You are to name him Ishmael (which means ‘God hears’), for the Lord has heard your cry of distress. This son of yours will be a wild man, as untamed as a wild donkey! He will raise his fist against everyone, and everyone will be against him. Yes, he will live in open hostility against all his relatives.” Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.” She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?” So that well was named El-roi (which means “well of the Living One who sees me”).  

El-Roi – the God who hears and sees. I once did a study of the names of God. For me, it helped me get a bigger and broader perspective of who He was. I know during many times of distress, God has come through for me and these names are a reminder of how He is always there for us. Experiencing God has a whole section devoted to the names of God. In fact, earlier this year I had a day that I was really hurting and just couldn’t get myself out of bed. In that moment, I got an email from Tom Blackaby telling me he was praying for me and my kids. Now he isn’t an angel, but at the time that email was a huge source of encouragement and enough for me to acknowledge that God was with me in that moment (Tom is a Pastor and the President of the Experiencing God network and had been following my blog). I now call him my friend.

So we can rest and know God is always with us and that he listens to our prayers and feels our pain. These different names are a reflection of how amazing He is.

In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears. 

Psalms 18:6 

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The Spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth.

– Dwight D. Eisenhower

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake. 

Deuteronomy 31:6

These are some pictures that I took in New York at Ground Zero

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