Last Wednesday was the second time I hosted an online prayer meeting at uberconference.com/kennblanchard. It’s a paid service I use to connect with Believers that want to pray with me using their phone or computer. It was an amazing session. There was not a dry eye in the house (at least not mine). We had the opportunity to pray for a wounded warrior (a Marine Corp vet, who is managing after the result of combat). He asked us to pray for one of the last members of a group of friends made while healing in the hospital for two years (the others committed suicide). The prayers and comments of the men that were online that night was amazing. It blessed me.
After advertising on Facebook and Twitter about the event, with reminders throughout the day I was startled to see how small the number was that turned out that night. It made me wonder what is it about prayer that scares people or motivates them not to participate in.
Two weeks ago, I took a leap of faith and invested in a conference service so that I could pray with and for others. Using the technology of a conference call we pray, ask for prayer, and collectively lift our prayers up to God. At the agreed upon time of 9pm it started.
The service is supposed to integrate with Google Hangouts. Now that Google Hangouts is a part of YouTube Live it has been tricky. I had to download a program in addition to what I already had for it to work. I didn’t get it up in time but the magic of Google still helped one of the callers find us through searching http://Uberconference.com/kennblanchard (going to change it to blanchardchapel.us)
On our first outing, I had the opportunity to meet, pray with and pray for a person from Oklahoma, Arizona, two from Virginia and two from Maryland excluding myself. It was a success.
All of this is without worrying about overhead, church politics, egos, or denominations.
It wasn’t easy though.
As soon as I set this in motion, I had the threat of scheduling conflicts. I felt tired. My mood changed. I pressed through. I found out later that all of the attendees also had “stuff” happen that made them almost not come online. I guess it happened last week on meeting number 2.
I believe that prayer not only changes “things” praying changes us. I believe in the power of prayer. I have experienced the blessings of someone praying for me and having my prayers answered. Despite my beliefs, I have found that people are actually afraid to pray. This blew my mind. I can understand the fear of speaking in public portion of that though but beyond that; what could it be?
It is my guess aside from forgetting we were on there must be a reason. Here are the top three I could come up with.
Fear Of The Unknown
- What is going to happen?
Fear Of Judgments/Condemnation
- Not knowing how to pray
- Not understanding what prayer is
- Fear of public testimony/speaking in public
- Faith or lack thereof
I have committed myself to doing this once a week for the rest of the year 2017. For me, it is an act of obedience, honor and reverence to the calling of God. It allows me to minister and be ministered to.
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.- 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NASB)
Here’s how we operate. You can call 202-780-1279 or go to http://blanchardchapel.us and listen online.
We start at 2100 hrs eastern standard time. Because the group is small, we will probably ask you your name just in hopes of finding a new friend but this is private. You will be asked if you have any prayer request so that someone may volunteer to pray for/with you. If you would like to pray you can. There is no hierarchy here. We open in prayer and do a round robin approach to get started. There is a Scripture focus for the week that I share. It is slow. There will be times of dead air. If no one says anything for a undetermined period of time, we’ll close it in prayer. We are scheduled for an hour.
During the quiet times, I will slip in some information about praying, and life hacks.
Let your faith be bigger than you fears.
Join me next time. It’s worth it.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
Most of us are starting to think of how we can do better in the New Year. There are the usuals like: eat less junk food, exercise more and to take the stairs. Some will stop smoking, drinking, or making resolutions all together.
What if the first thing you promised yourself to do in 2017 was to pray more and meditate on the Word of God? How awesome would that be?
To seek the kingdom of God is to intentionally focus on and fully experience relationship with God, usually through avenues He has provided such as prayer and meditating on His word.
I am starting a prayer line / conference call on Wednesdays at 2100 (9PM EST)
The main purposes of the Prayer Line being started is to encourage the congregation to call in and pray and to discipline ourselves to pray continuously as the scriptures tell us (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
We will be able to:
- Empower people with the Word of GOD
- Intercede (“Stand In The Gap”) for prayer requests given from people or by Divine Directives from GOD.
- Go forth earnestly in prayer and believe the will of GOD shall be done “in earth as it is in heaven.”
- Connect with individuals we haven’t seen
- Connect with individuals that are unable to go to church
- Share important upcoming information
People use conference lines for everything else; why not use it to advance the kingdom of God!
How we are going to do it.
Call 202-780-1279 and stand by…
Welcome and greetings. The leader of the call for that particular day opens up with greetings from the prayer ministry and welcomes everyone to the call. We especially welcome any first time callers and thank them for joining us and encourage them to join us again.
Scripture: After the welcome we remind the callers of the Prayer Calendar focus for the month and share in reading the scripture verses highlighted for the day from the calendar.
Call courtesy instructions: We provide further instructions about muting phones, and we ask that as we begin to pray that everyone would be mindful to keep their petitions to one to two minutes because we want everyone to have an opportunity to pray.
Prayer time: The leader opens up with a brief prayer to cover the call and participants. Then the call is open for the first 15 to 20 minutes just for persons to pray.
Request and praise time: The last 5 minutes we open the call for prayer request, praise reports, and testimonies.
Leader’s closing prayer: The leader then closes the call, praying over the prayer requests
Join me every Wednesday at 2100 eastern standard time at 202-780-1279 for a conference call where we will prayer for each other http://kennblanchard.com/chapel
*I got this prayer line idea and proposal from my friend, Min. Peter R. Blue, Sr.
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”
-M. L. King Jr.
If you are a podcaster,” YouTuber”, or blogger, you have more power than you may realize. If you are involved in the gun community/culture there is a unique segment of the world that is paying you attention. You need to think of yourself as a digital influencer. As such you have the opportunity to connect with people on a personal level. You have the opportunity to change our world.
If you want to be a player on this world stage you have to do a better job of proving content to your audience. If you don’t someone else will.
In the future, next year in particular more people will be consuming podcasts, watching videos and reading your post than previously as this medium is being accepted, and shared. As a podcaster primarily I am excited to know that things are getting better for us.
A growing minority of Americans are listening to podcasts, according to survey data from Edison Research. As of 2016, 21% of Americans age 12 or older say they have listened to a podcast in the past month, reflecting steady incremental growth since 2013 – when this share was 12%.
The down side to this is because of this growth, if you suck (your show/site/channel, the content, the quality, etc), you will lose out faster. If you want your efforts to pay for themselves you have to up your game. The best way to succeed is to learn from the mistakes and successes of others. That means you have to have a marketing strategy. It has to be more than just posting your Mp3’s, links or videos on Facebook. You want a network? Learn how to make one from pros. You want to be taken seriously in the gun industry and get more views, eyes and ears? You need to know more than you know now.
There is money to be made. There are opportunities to be had. Your unique skills translate into more than you have right now. How do I know? I operate outside the space of just my audience. Now that you have a show, channel or blog, you need more. You need training, inspiration, tips and sometimes gear.
One of the best ways to improve you is to invest in yourself by attending a new media event like podfest.us that is happening in Orlando, FL this February 2017.
It’s not all about podcasting either. Podfest Multimedia Expo is where creatives come to make their message matter. They are trying to attract independents, beginners and changemakers who come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
Their core focus is on our Education, Collaboration and the PME Community! This year they are expanding their conference and adding tracks that will be featuring YouTubers, Conference Builders, Live Streaming, Blogging, Independent Filmmaking, and Online Community Building!
If you don’t know where you are going any road will take you there.
You know how we get all giddy over new gear and guns? I have seen the same thing in the online community of influencers. An expensive microphone, new social media site or software program won’t help you if you have no strategy, goal or audience to benefit. I have big goals for 2017. Getting on iHeartRadio or Podcast One, won’t make you better. You have to do that from within.
I plan to go to Orlando for this Podfest.us event to rub elbows with folks that are doing it better so that my efforts are fruitful. Do you get where I am coming from? And if you can’t make that one. Check locally for podcast meet-up groups, blogger and digital influencer focused events to increase your skill level.
Improvement begins with “I”
Sometimes at Christmas we forget that this season is a celebration of the gift of God.
Mary Did You Know from Pentatonix
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. There is more laughter, more love, and the appearance of happiness. Real joy, comes from the inside. Real joy is not based on our circumstances. Real joy is from God. Sometimes, we forget that the reason for Christmas is about the birth of Jesus the Messiah. Going to share some deep thoughts about Yeshua, Mary and Joseph.