Nancy Leigh (DeMoss) Wolgemuth Mixes Pagan Witchcraft Circle-Making With Christianity

And people wonder why “Cheetos-eaters living in their mothers’ basements” (discernment bloggers) blog about Christian celebs like Nancy Lee (DeMoss) Wolgemuth!  “Watchbloggers” as we’ve been dubbed, feel that our brethren should know when a Christian leader strays from the truth. And according to Jeff Maples of Pulpit & Pen, DeMoss-Wolgemuth strayed when she began promoting a prayer practice that he believes to be outright witchcraft.  That’s right.  Witchcraft.  Jeff Maples has covered this troubling story.  He writes:

magic-circleOne of the most basic devices used in ancient pagan spirituality is the “circle of protection.” You find it everywhere from the Eastern mystery religions to modern witchcraft. The circle of protection was commonly used in old Gypsy magic, as it was thought to create an impenetrable barrier of protection around those in which it was created.

This “magic” circle, spiritual in nature, could be something physical, such as lines drawn in the dirt or sand, or even a sprinkling of salt. But they could also be imaginary. On page 43 of Gypsy Magic: A Romany Book of Spells, Charms, and Fortune-Telling by Patrinella Cooper, she says

A similar exercise can be done at any time when you are feeling uneasy or before you go to sleep at night. Visualise the blue line of fire. In your mind’s eye, slowly draw its vibrant protective beam around yourself, your bed, or your property. Try to imagine every detail of its path until it finally closes in a protective circle.

Shaheen Miro writes in an article titled The Gypsy’s Tricks for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection: Circle of Protection,

Creating a circular boundary is an ancient form of spiritual protection. The space within the circle becomes consecrated ground. The circle itself becomes a barrier keeping all unwelcomed things at bay.

The use of this protective circle and other forms of witchcraft have been an integral part of Gypsy spiritual life and culture since the earliest foundations. It’s quite common for cultural traditions to be carried over from generation to generation, even when other religions, including Christianity, become an accepted or even prominent expression of spirituality. One famous Gypsy from the late 19th century and early 20th century, named Rodney “Gypsy” Smith, is widely regarded as a great Christian evangelist and revivalist from England. The practice of integrating the Gypsy witchcraft circle of protection into Christianity is widely attributed to Smith. When asked of Smith how to start a revival, he replied:

Find a piece of chalk, and find an empty room. Go into that room and shut the door. Draw a circle on the floor with that chalk, kneel down in that circle, and ask God to start revival right there.

Of course, this practice of circle-making can be found nowhere in Scripture. This is purely a pagan practice that Mr. Smith adapted from his cultural upbringing to fit with his newly found Christianity. So does this practice of circle-making by Mr. Smith really have anything to do with the ancient Pagan circles of the Gypsies?

Perhaps the most prominent figure in modern day evangelicalism who promotes the practice of “prayer circles” is Mark Batterson. Batterson attempts to trace his practice of circle-making back to Gypsy Smith. Batterson writes:

The goal of Draw the Circle: The 40-Day Prayer Challenge is to help readers establish a daily prayer habit with a daily dose of prayer inspiration.  It picks up where The Circle Maker left off, with the story of Gypsy Smith. Then it shares new stories and new learnings in prayer that will inspire you to dream big, pray hard, and think long!

Batterson also writes in an article, Seven Prayer Circles for Parents,

In Praying Circles Around The Lives of Your Children I share seven tips, seven circles. They range from praying a hedge of protection around your kids to making prayer lists.  Continue reading

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51 Responses to Nancy Leigh (DeMoss) Wolgemuth Mixes Pagan Witchcraft Circle-Making With Christianity

  1. Manny1962 September 21, 2016 at 10:25 am #

    Cheetos eaters, ODMs, these in many cases are the only ones ringing the alarm! Mainstream Churchianity reminds me of mainstream media……..you have to double check everything they report as news, most of the time it’s plain propaganda! These people are shills for Churchianity, they parley their “famous” name to gain more notoriety, more money and sometimes one has to wonder: are they saved? Under illusion? Or just plain crazy? I remember hearing DeMoss’ name all the time when I listened to Moody radio, something I haven’t done in a while……I guess she’s trying to be relevant as she gets older, appeal to the hep younger crowd, you know, the crowd that feels “church” should be an experience or a feeling! If anyone cannot see the great apostasy unfolding before our eyes, run and get some glasses! I would venture to say that mainstream Churchianity is about 99.99% apostate, the few stragglers are leaving at an alarming rate. The face of Churchianity will be completely different in less than a decade, at the speed it is now, probably less than five years. It’s mind numbing the sheer strength and speed the apostasy has gathered in the last three! Maranatha!

    • Janderson September 21, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

      This weekend several people I know will be attending the True Women national women’s conference in Indianapolis. Since this is a mainstream Christian event can I assume that you would say it is about 99.99% apostate?

      • Manny1962 September 21, 2016 at 10:25 pm #

        If they espouse anything like what’s been posted here, yes I’d say so. But I personally don’t know the group.

      • Manny1962 September 21, 2016 at 10:52 pm #

        Janderson,

        Are you concerned because Mrs. DeMoss Wogelmuth signed on to the True Woman Manifesto?

        One thing has nothing to do with the other. Just because one signatory is questionable does not make all of them suspect. But they should be made aware of Mrs. DeMoss’ unscriptural practice. What will the ladies do if prayer circles begin to be drawn? Will they get up and say it’s not scriptural? That our pattern for prayer has been given to us by Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:9). Well, these are important questions your friends should raise.

        An example:

        Rick Warren runs around saying he’s a baptist and a Christian, what he says and what he does do not agree with scripture, he also says there’s no difference between Protestants and Catholics and no difference between The God of the bible and allah. He espouses Chrislam……. See how huge his “church” is, it doesn’t mean a thing and he signs into all kinds of manifestos.

        http://truewomanmanifesto.com/read/

        • Janderson September 22, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

          I’m not just concerned that she signed on to the manifesto. She is one of the founders of the True Woman movement. Nancy Leigh DeMoss Wolgemuth is True Woman.
          https://vimeo.com/43469855

          • Manny1962 September 23, 2016 at 7:31 am #

            I did not see that! Speaking for myself, I would not go. There’s is so much leaven mixed in that dough. I thought she was a signee, not founder! Have you seen the explosion in ecumenisn? All these groups are joining hands with Rome and each other. It’s lemmings on a mad dash over the cliff. Warn your friends.

        • Janderson September 22, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

          I know that at the True Woman conference in 2012 they were using prayer circles. The photo on Pulpit & Pen’s site of women praying in a circle is at that conference. The Pulpit & Pen article says:

          “But another prominent figure who is promoting this junk is Nancy Leigh (DeMoss) Wolgemuth. A very popular women’s prayer event, CryOut, is led by DeMoss, and the event centers around this unbiblical form of pagan prayer. DeMoss, as well, attributes her practice of circle-making to Gipsy Smith”

          I will easily be able to fact check that one. The conference is sponsoring the women’s prayer event, Cry Out, tomorrow night via simulcast. If indeed the event is centered around this practice it should be apparent. The prayer circles should be easy to spot.

        • Janderson September 22, 2016 at 6:26 pm #

          I won’t be spotting them. Someone I’m close to plans on being there. She is there tonight.

          • Molly September 22, 2016 at 11:03 pm #

            Tony Evans and Kay Arthur will both be participating in the Cry Out Simulcast, and they are clearly promoting the ecumenical agenda (uniting with Catholicism, etc.) by being apart of the Together 2016 event in July and/or The Gathering 2016 Simulcast event that happened yesterday. Both events were very publicly advertised as being ecumenical.

            I personally would stay clear of the True Woman Conference.

            Here is a recent article on Tony Evans from Pulpit and Pen:
            http://pulpitandpen.org/2016/09/16/tony-evans-spiritual-warfare-demon-busting-with-a-less-than-sovereign-god/

          • Janderson September 23, 2016 at 7:14 am #

            I noticed on the True Woman website that they referred to the prayer event as a solemn assembly which is the same language used for the Gathering. I was wondering how interconnected they were.

          • Molly September 23, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

            Yes, I believe most of these events/conferences/concert are interconnected that the visible and famous Christian speakers and musicians are promoting.

            Tony Evans seemed to be the leader of The Gathering, which was called a solemn assembly, so the fact that Cry Out is called the same thing and that Tony Evans is part of it means to me they are related and are promoting the same agenda.

            Tony Evans promotes dominionism of the church and Kingdom Now type stuff.

            With all of these events, you’ll notice the same general vocabulary being used: together, unite, rise, change, Jesus changes everything, being the church, global, heaven on earth, next generation, heaven come, release heaven, revival, spiritual awakening, cities and nations transformed, gather, equip, mobilize, awaken, reset, and heal our nation. There is also an emphasis on serving and being the hands and feet of Jesus instead of on repentance and spreading the Gospel message that we are sinners and that Jesus Christ, who is our one and only Savior, has sacrificed himself for us so that we can be forgiven and reconciled to a holy God.

          • Maggie September 23, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

            Molly:
            Interesting…the house church I was part of (turned out to be NAR) was called The Gathering. There were opportunities to participate in learning how to prophesy, praying the elements, interpreting dreams and tattoos, finding your destiny, using contemplative prayer–all based on pagan practices and no one else saw it as that! Lots of effort going into the methodology of transforming the area, but not much mention of Jesus. WAY TOO MUCH emphasis on what man can do.

          • Molly September 23, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

            Here is an example of a Canadian event that use a lot of the vocabulary and emphases above: http://www.gatherwomen.com/gather-rise-registration .

            And this event promotes “Gather Circles”:
            http://www.gatherwomen.com/gather-circles
            http://static1.squarespace.com/static/5638df47e4b06c9311953257/t/56e1a58ce3214084d69d8b88/1457628557828/Gather+Invitation.09+Mar.16.pdf

          • Molly September 24, 2016 at 8:01 am #

            Maggie, I am so glad you left the house church and realized that it was not Biblical. The words Gather is being used so much now! Yes, everything being promoted at these events is about what man and the church can do to change the world and is not about what Jesus has already done for us. Jesus did not create a utopia while He was on earth, and if we truly know that we are all sinners, then we will know that not only are we not called to create heaven on earth, we can’t.

            Here is an October 1 event that is happening in Toronto Canada called Gather Rise: http://www.gatherwomen.com/gather-rise-registration
            The event uses much of the vocabulary and emphases that I mentioned above.

            And it promotes “Gather Circles”:
            http://www.gatherwomen.com/gather-circles

          • Molly September 26, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

            Maggie, I am so glad you left the house church and realized that it was not Biblical. The words Gather is being used so much now! Yes, everything being promoted at these events is about what man and the church can do to change the world and is not about what Jesus has already done for us. Jesus did not create a utopia while He was on earth, and if we truly know that we are all sinners, then we will know that not only are we not called to create heaven on earth, we can’t.

      • Manny1962 September 21, 2016 at 11:11 pm #

        Please tell me what Mrs DeMoss Wolgemuth practices is biblical, from Wikipedia:

        “A prayer circles is most simply where participants join hands in a literal circle of prayer, often as part of a vigil. Informal prayer circles have been practiced for centuries. Their recent resurgence in popularity is frequently attributed to their use in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement. Similarly, amongst North American and specifically Native American Catholics, prayer circles have formed around Kateri Tekakwitha, who was the first Native American to be beatified by the Roman Catholic Church. Tekakwitha Conference prayer circles, called Kateri Prayer Circles, have been formed on nearly all U.S. Indian Reservations. In Islam, Muslims who make the pilgrimage to Mecca will form concentric circles around the Kaaba in prayer, and these too are commonly referred to as prayer circles.

        A prayer circle may also refer to some online communities where people share their thoughts and prayers with other like-minded worshippers, usually within specially-designated message board areas.”

        “Ritual prayer in a circle around an altar is not unique to Christianity. Ritual ceremonies around an altar are common in paganism, and ritual prayer dances around an altar were practiced by early Christians, especially Gnostics, before the practice was condemned as a heresy by the Second Council of Nicaea in 787 A.D. (See Nibley, “The Early Christian Prayer Circle”, page 41.) Much later, Protestants began conducting informal prayer circles. Sometimes these communities are developed online.”

        “In Mormonism, a prayer circle is a mode of prayer practiced by Mormons who have taken part in the Endowment ceremony. Established by Joseph Smith in 1842 or 1843, he called it the “True Order of Prayer”. The ritual involves an antiphonic recitation of prayer by participants joined in a circle, usually around an altar inside a temple. Earlier Mormons had practiced conventional Protestant-type prayer circles at least as early as 1833.

        In mainstream Mormonism, prayer circles since 1978 are no longer practiced outside of temples, and Mormons do not take part in prayer circles except as part of a Mormon endowment ceremony.”

      • Manny1962 September 21, 2016 at 11:19 pm #

        Janderson,

        Given all I’ve just found out about the practice, I would definitely advise all your friends that are attending to read up on it, realize its roots are pagan, advice the rest of the signatories and someone have the good sense to tell Nancy Leigh DeMoss Wolgemuth what she is doing is NOT Christian but a pagan ritual practiced by Gnostics, Roman Catholic Mystics, Muslims and Mormons apart from Wiccans, satanists and Gaia worshippers. Of course unless DeMoss actually doesn’t care. Then yes I would say I would not recommend the soirée, unless DeMoss is uninvited.

    • Jackie September 21, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

      Trying to stay relevant? This story is over4 years old. Granted I am not taking away from the heresy here. But this is indeed an old story. At least they could post something recent.

      • Manny1962 September 21, 2016 at 10:29 pm #

        Four years old or not, I’ve been hearing her name since the early 90s, I don’t recall her being into circles back then, at least it wasn’t overt. That’s thing with the progression of mass media, phone vids, YouTube……….things done covertly yesteryear are out in the open today. Nonetheless, what she’s doing now is not good.

      • Manny1962 September 21, 2016 at 11:03 pm #

        https://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/seeking-him/inside-this-circle/

        This is where the story seems to have originated, it is four years old, but it’s still active. I for one did not know she was involved in circle prayers. It’s coming to the forefront now, specially in the NAR camp, this is all part of the morphing of charismania and the ecumenical rush to Rome.

  2. Sola Scriptura September 21, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    It is crazy how straight-up witchcraft is flowing into the protestant church like an open sewer(it has always been in the RCC), yet almost no one has the discernment to research it, and then to call it out. Thanks for boldly tackling the circle making practice. It is clearly an occult practice, which Batterson made mainstream. I love this site for this type of article.

  3. Molly September 21, 2016 at 2:31 pm #

    This is an excellent teaching series on ecumenism: http://www.bethesdashalom.org/ecumenism

    More specifically, this document, Part 2 of the series, addresses what different ancient pagan practices are being promoted by “Christian leaders” (aka. the visible, apostate church) and what the three different stages are as all of the world’s religions are united into one. Ecumenism is Stage 1.

    http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/2/c/2/2c23780c5abf059e/2a._Advance_of_Ecumenism_amongst_Evangelicals_-_Pt_1.pdf?c_id=9011386&expiration=1474487535&hwt=e781ce26540b183cd5f8c0d58e8cf5fb

  4. Manny1962 September 21, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

    The way I see it Molly, it is: apostasy, ecumenism and one world religion. It’s easy to see apostasy is almost complete, ecumenism has been gathering steam unlike before, the final outcome? We all have read the book of Revelation! All sorts of things are running rampant in Churchianity these days. The way things are, it’s almost necessary NOT to attend most congregations!

  5. Jackie September 21, 2016 at 8:14 pm #

    You guys and Pulpit and Pen must be getting desperate for exposing material if you guys are posting old news. This DeMoss prayer circle story (the pics too) are over 4 years old. And yes I am against this heresy. But at least post stuff that is up to date.

  6. Manny1962 September 21, 2016 at 11:25 pm #

    As I posted above, yes it’s four years old, but its very relevant today, with the pagan practice inundating NAR leaning churches and the undiscerning going right along with it.

  7. Robert September 23, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    Praying to God is a good thing. Praying to God in a circle together is a good thing. The key in all this is your heart. A prayer circle is not what’s bad here, it’s who your praying too. Sometimes we just overthink things.

    • Manny1962 September 23, 2016 at 10:52 pm #

      Ever hear of strange fire? We have been given a precise pattern by Jesus on how to pray. Why imitate what pagans do?

      • Robert September 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

        I’m not endorsing or being critical of anything. I’m saying if your heart is right you can pray doing a hand stand. He is always looking at our hearts. Its all about the heart. Always has been. You can say they imitate pagans, but if their praying to God from their hearts it is pleasing to God.

        • Manny1962 September 24, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

          You’re assuming it’s pleasing to God, if a past violation caused people to be burned alive for being presumptious, if Jesus gives us a pattern, and scripture describes the human heart as wicked to the point The Holy Spirit has to intercede for us with groanings we cannot understand, how can you say praying from the heart is pleasing to God? I can’t find one passage saying so.

          • Robert September 24, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

            Romans 5:3–5

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            Well I know he wants us to pray and when I got saved this is what happened in my heart.

            Romans3-5
            3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

            so this is what I mean when I say “Pray from the heart”

      • Nia January 26, 2017 at 7:47 pm #

        I believe this too a premature of an accusation of a fellow sister. What was said in the circles of prayer? Who were they praying to? Were they chanting? I agree with Robert. My family and I pray with the same hearts in the same way to the same God regardless of if we are sitting, standing in a semi circle, or a full circle. I’d never even heard of this historical aspect. We just all have a habit of standing in circles and conversing, period, so all can see one another.
        I appreciate this site and your zeal to expose falsehood (since it is rampant), but I think this is premature.

  8. Israel Wayne September 23, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

    I am shocked that anyone who names the name of Christ would bring such an appalling accusation against such a faithful woman of God as Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth!

    The Scripture speaks to this:

    “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, SLANDEROUS, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.”
    ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:1-9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭12:36‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    You obviously have not done due diligence to search out a matter, but have participated in the evil practice of slandering a sister in Christ who I know is deeply loved by Him. How dare you?! Have you no fear of God?!

    You may recall that the Pharisees accused Jesus of having a demon. You have joined them in their folly. I emplore you to repent of your attention seeking dissemination of lies and to publicly confess your offense and seek to make Biblical restitution.

    • Maggie September 23, 2016 at 10:16 pm #

      Israel Wayne:
      By mentioning slander, are you saying that Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth actually does not promote circle making? If indeed she does, then perhaps you need to remember that God hates syncretism. He has forbidden His people to adopt the practices of pagans. It is strange fire.

      • Manny1962 September 23, 2016 at 11:07 pm #

        Amen Maggie, too many are appalled when a so called “faithful” person is called out for doing wrong.

        Mr. Wayne, did not Paul call out Peter for playing the hypocrite? Is Mrs DeMoss immune to judgement while Peter was not? Isn’t Paul always admonishing that we, the bride, act as he does, to behave like Bereans? It’s been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that circle praying is unbiblical…….so we should close our eyes to what Mrs. DeMoss is doing because she’s faithful? Sir, there’s nothing wrong with judging when done according to biblical principles, it’s mandated. You’re been judgemental of those that would see a grave error corrected. It seems you care more about your sensibilities being ruffled than proper biblical principles be followed. I’d rethink your position, the precise fear of God is what drives those that would see His Name not tarnished by”strange fire” prayers. God bless you and may he open your eyes.

      • Israel Wayne September 24, 2016 at 5:59 am #

        Satanists and witches wear black. Have you ever worn black? If you’d better repent of your witchcraft!

        Do you really think colors and shapes are created by and owned by Satan? What foolish superstition. 🙁

        • Janderson September 24, 2016 at 7:51 am #

          The inspiration for the circle making can be traced back to the occult. Clearly, the practice has more in common with the occult than it does with scriptures. Why is the church being caught up in new methods of prayer such as contemplative prayer and circle making? Another extra-biblical way of praying being taught is praying directly to the Holy Spirit. Why are the scriptures teaching on prayer not sufficient?

        • Manny1962 September 24, 2016 at 9:32 am #

          “Ritual prayer in a circle around an altar is not unique to Christianity. Ritual ceremonies around an altar are common in paganism, and ritual prayer dances around an altar were practiced by early Christians, especially Gnostics, before the practice was condemned as a heresy by the Second Council of Nicaea in 787 A.D. (See Nibley, “The Early Christian Prayer Circle”, page 41.) Much later, Protestants began conducting informal prayer circles. Sometimes these communities are developed online.”

          Satanist don’t always wear black, that’s akin to saying the devil has a horned tail. Wiccans and New Agers such as Oprah don’t wear black, but at the end of the day it’s still wrong. 🙂

  9. Janderson September 23, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

    If only the influential Christian leaders of the day would gather in a solemn assembly and repent of their unity with error and then jump off the ecumenical train. But I don’t expect that to happen. I expect the ecumenical revival train to gain even more speed as it heads for the seven hills.

    • Manny1962 September 23, 2016 at 11:09 pm #

      Amen Janderson, you’re correct that train has no interest in stopping anywhere but Rome. Dark days indeed.

    • berlorac September 24, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

      Truly spoken, Janderson. The train is not only gaining speed, they’re having to hitch more cars to accommodate all the riders. Sad days indeed, but the Word of God proves itself every day.

  10. Janderson September 24, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

    True Women is over and I have received no reports of prayer circles. There was a speaker there today, Dave Butts, that mentioned that he had just came from the Gathering. He also mentioned the Together conference. No big news there but that and Tony Evan’s involvement does show how True Woman seems to be fitting well into all of the togetherness.
    The next conference here is in two years. We will see what another two years will bring.
    http://images.christianpost.com/full/98561/pope-francis.jpg?w=640

  11. Manny1962 September 24, 2016 at 10:45 pm #

    “Question: “How to pray? What is the proper way to pray?”

    Answer: Is it best to pray standing up, sitting down, kneeling, or bowing down? Should our hands be open, closed, or lifted up to God? Do our eyes need to be closed when we pray? Is it better to pray in a church building or out in nature? Should we pray in the morning when we get up or at night before we go to bed? Are there certain words we need to say in our prayers? How do we begin our prayers? What is the proper way to close a prayer? These questions, and others, are common questions asked about prayer. What is the proper way to pray? Do any of the above things even matter?

    Far too often, prayer is viewed as a “magic formula.” Some believe that if we do not say exactly the right things, or pray in the right position, God will not hear and answer our prayer. This is completely unbiblical. God does not answer our prayers based on when we pray, where we are, what position our body is in, or in what order we word our prayers. We are told in 1 John 5:14-15 to have confidence when we come to God in prayer, knowing He hears us and will grant whatever we ask as long as it is in His will. Similarly, John 14:13-14 declares, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” According to these and many other Scriptures, God answers prayer requests based on whether they are asked according to His will and in the name of Jesus (to bring glory to Jesus).

    So, what is the proper way to pray? Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to pray without being anxious, to pray about everything, and to pray with thankful hearts. God will answer all such prayers with the gift of His peace in our hearts. The proper way to pray is to pour out our hearts to God, being honest and open with God, as He already knows us better than we know ourselves. We are to present our requests to God, keeping in mind that God knows what is best and will not grant a request that is not His will for us. We are to express our love, gratitude, and worship to God in prayer without worrying about having just the right words to say. God is more interested in the content of our hearts than the eloquence of our words.

    The closest the Bible comes to giving a “pattern” for prayer is the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. Please understand that the Lord’s Prayer is not a prayer we are to memorize and recite to God. It is an example of the things that should go into a prayer—worship, trust in God, requests, confession, and submission. We are to pray for the things the Lord’s Prayer talks about, using our own words and “customizing” it to our own journey with God. The proper way to pray is to express our hearts to God. Sitting, standing, or kneeling; hands open or closed; eyes opened or closed; in a church, at home, or outside; in the morning or at night—these are all side issues, subject to personal preference, conviction, and appropriateness. God’s desire is for prayer to be a real and personal connection between Himself and us.”

    • Robert September 25, 2016 at 9:07 pm #

      Amen, This is truth!

  12. Manny1962 September 24, 2016 at 10:46 pm #

    That was from: http://www.gotquestions.org/how-to-pray.html

  13. Janderson September 25, 2016 at 7:48 am #

    Simple and solid. I like it.

  14. Melissa September 25, 2016 at 6:40 pm #

    Did anyone find proof that Nancy promotes praying in a drawn circle?

  15. Molly September 25, 2016 at 10:07 pm #

    Melissa,
    Yes. http://www.solasisters.com/2013/06/nancy-leigh-demoss-endorsing-chalk.html
    See screenshot in article.

    And a short video:
    https://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/seeking-him/inside-this-circle/

  16. lisa October 2, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

    I just came from the ’16 conference. First one to attend. There were no prayer circles. No chalk.
    Prayer was reiterated as to the Lord’s Prayer. The gospel WAS preached. Praying for nations WAS a focus. The focus on prayer and crying out for Revival all Scriptural.

  17. Jackie October 4, 2016 at 9:00 pm #

    Just an FYI here.
    http://watchmansbagpipes.blogspot.com/2016/10/about-nancy-leigh-demoss-wolgemuth.html

    Instead of using old info maybe you should check out the current before posting…

  18. Judy October 10, 2016 at 7:28 am #

    Our church hosted the Cry Out 16 Simulcast and 3 days before the event, I was sent the blog by Jeff Maples by our church leadership. Before our ladies took part in the simulcast that evening, we alerted them to the possibility of “circles of protection” and if this occurred we would cease our participation in the simulcast. We also quickly contacted Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ Ministry to confirm whether or not Mr. Maples information was correct. That evening, we were very sensitive about what was being said. Relieved–I must say the evening of the simulcast was 3 hours of prayer and reading of Scripture–especially for our nation and world. A week after the simulcast, our questions were answered in a detailed email response from Nancy Leigh DeMoss which totally contradicted Mr. Maples suggestions and contradicted what was our experience during the simulcast. So in a Berean spirit, does Mr. Maples ever speak personally with the individuals who are his subjects? Will the Lord hold him responsible for character misalignment?

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