Prayer Calendar: Wordless Prayer

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Dave Acree is our Prayer and Spiritual Life Catalyst. This is a welcome to the monthly Prayer Calendar which we publish to promote prayer throughout the EFCC family. If you would like to receive the Prayer Calendar by e-mail, you can sign up for it on this page, or you can see the latest copy here.


Who’s got your back? All of us need someone watching out for us, whatever our life circumstances. It is good to know there is someone paying attention, ready to step in and help when we are unable to handle what life is throwing at us. Sometimes friends, family, work or schoolmates, or others step up to fill that role. When it comes to prayer, they pray for us, but there are times when that is not enough.

That’s when “wordless prayer” comes into play.

Perhaps you have been involved in group prayer when an “unspoken request” is thrown into the mix. That’s when an individual asks for prayer for someone but can’t name the person or tell the specifics of the need. Perhaps they don’t have permission to ask or are afraid that stating the need might cross the line into gossip. So knowing that God knows, even though we do not, we pray a generic prayer without specific words. That’s not what we are talking about.

Have you noticed all the groaning going on in Romans 8? First, all of creation groans waiting for that time when it will be liberated from its decay and returned to the glory God intends it to have (v. 22). Then, we Christians groan waiting for God to bring us into the fullness of our salvation and to redeem these frail broken bodies of ours (v. 23). Neither we nor the creation can hardly wait!

The third groaning (vs. 26-27) is where the wordless prayer takes place. This happens when we are so overwhelmed that we are struck dumb. There are no words. We don’t know what to say, what to pray, what to ask for. We are not even sure at times what to expect from God.

That’s when the Holy Spirit intercedes for us through wordless groans. What’s that? I don’t know but when we can’t, the Holy Spirit can, and takes up our prayer challenge and does it better than we could ever hope to do. He knows God’s will and prays towards that end on our behalf.

So, when it comes to prayer, who’s got your back? The Holy Spirit does. There is a strange unexplainable comfort in that.

Pulse Podcast 007: An Update from Asia

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In this episode, we chat with Mel, the EFCCM’s Asia Area Director. I think we’ve laughed at least once every episode, but this one may have made us laugh the hardest.

To subscribe to Mel’s newsletter, or connect with missionaries, get in touch with him directly: melvinsayer@yahoo.com

Pulse Podcast 006: An Update from Europe

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In this episode of the Pulse, we get a chance to talk to Daryl Porter, the EFCCM’s Europe Area Director. He shares some of the highlights and his perspectives of what’s happening in Europe, and some of the things to look forward to.

If you would like to sign up for Daryl’s e-mail list, e-mail him directly.

And if you would like to see the opportunities we have to serve internationally, visit this page.

EFCC Sunday 2017

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We invite you to celebrate EFCC Sunday with us — a moment to reflect on the bigger family that we are all a part of. This time, we’re highlighting Revitalize. Revitalize is a dream that was launched at EFCC Conference 2016.

The date we’re suggesting for EFCC Sunday is April 23rd, but that date is not published anywhere in our material, so you’re free to pick any date that works for you.

There are two pieces we’re giving you to help out: a video clip (below) and a printable bulletin insert (even more below).

You can download the clip by clicking through on the word “Vimeo” above and looking for the download button.

We’re also providing a pdf of the bulletin insert:
Bulletin insert (~4MB)

As you present this to your church, we’d be honoured if you took a brief moment to reflect on FairShare (explained here). This is the mechanism which supports EFCC-wide ministry initiatives coordinated through Home Office. Thus EFCC Sunday isn’t asking for money. Instead it’s highlighting our existing relationship which has a financial component: when someone gives to your church, they’re giving to a much bigger “us” than is immediately apparent!

Prayer Calendar: Prayer Enemy #1?

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Dave Acree is our Prayer and Spiritual Life Catalyst. This is a welcome to the monthly Prayer Calendar which we publish to promote prayer throughout the EFCC family. If you would like to receive the Prayer Calendar by e-mail, you can sign up for it on this page, or you can see the latest copy here.


We Christians tend to chew up the word “busy” and spit it out as if it’s something evil. It leaves a bad taste in our mouths. In our moments of dissatisfaction with prayer, we often name busyness as the cause. In fact, we treat it as prayer enemy #1.

But is busyness getting a bum rap? Is it really the end-all of prayer problems? Is busyness the cause of prayerlessness?

Dallas Willard makes a distinction between being busy and being hurried as described by John Ortberg. (Soul Keeping, Zondervan, 2014, 134)

“Being busy is an outward condition, a condition of the body. It occurs when we have many things to do. Busy-ness is inevitable in modern culture. . . . There are limits to how much busy-ness we can tolerate, so we wisely find ways to slow down whenever we can. . . . Being hurried is an inner condition, a condition of the soul. It means to be so preoccupied with myself and my life that I am unable to be fully present with God, with myself, and with other people. I am unable to occupy this present moment.”

Being busy reminds me that I need God; being hurried causes me to be unavailable to God.

When I read the Gospels it seems fair to describe Jesus within his context as being a busy person. The externals of his life shaped his busyness. Yet he was never hurried. He was constantly in tune with the Father and intentionally set aside times to be fully present with him.

Procrastination is to put off intentionally and habitually the doing of something that should be done. Hurriedness expresses itself in procrastination. What happens on the inside not the outside makes the difference, causes the disconnection and confliction in our prayer lives, and keeps us from prayer.

Too busy to pray? No, too busy not to pray!