About Prayer Ideas

Helping You Connect with God through Prayer

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Our Mission

Providing ideas and resources on Christian prayer so you can enjoy a  closer connection with God.


We do it because… 

Nearly everyone prays.

A recent newspaper poll revealed that nearly 95% of all Americans pray.

Private, personal prayer is the trend of the 21st Century.

Another poll found that private, personal prayer is the number one daily religious practice in our country.  With so much prayer going on in private, people need a resource to use to enhance and guide their ability to pray.  We’re an online ministry because everyone goes to the Internet  24/7 for help.

Different ways of praying work for different people.

Indiana-prayer-walk-004We all have unique communication styles, so we’ll all have unique ways of praying.  We offer a variety of different ways and means of praying so individuals can find the ones that work best for them in their daily life.

Life throws us challenges.

Any life crisis puts us in need of the guidance, support, help and comfort that prayer brings.  We provide written prayers covering a large variety of life situations.  These prayers connect us God’s help and care.

Prayer leaders need support

Those who mentor others in prayer need a place to share and receive ideas that help them in their job.  We have ideas on prayer groups, prayer chains and prayer activities.

How We Do It

We offer:

A variety of articles by many authors

David and KellyOur content is written by a large number of different authors.  The great majority of our content is the original work of our authors, so you won’t find it anywhere else.

All Aspects of Prayer

We cover it all – meditation, praying on the go, praying for long term problems, historical prayers, new avenues of expressing yourself in prayer such as art and postures, praying for specific needs, overcoming prayer problems, and prayers for special occasions.


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Jane Ingrassi and the “Autumn Joy” tussie mussie

Our  writers comes from all branches of the  Christian church including the Liturgical, Evangelical and Charismatic traditions. Our writers have actually used the prayer practices they tell about, which gives us a valuable opportunity to learn from each other!


When you visit our site, you don’t need to join or to pay to find the information you need.  You don’t have to order a book or have a subscription.  We are an outreach of the non profit ministry Prayer Igniters International and this website is supported by donors.  To learn more about our organization go to www.prayerigniters.org


All articles, resource reviews and places of prayer are cleared by our site administrators before they go online to make sure they are appropriate and are within the realm of Biblical Christianity.


Who We Are


is an outreach of Prayer Igniters International.  We are non- denominational Christian ministry.  We are a 501(c )(3) non profit organization whose mission is to encourage and increase Christian prayer so that many may come into a closer relationship with Jesus through the help of the Holy Spirit.

The name Prayer Igniters describes prayer leaders and those with hearts for prayer who want to help others experience more joy and power in prayer.  We are a lay organization under the advisement of clergy from various denominations.

Our core values.

guido, beach kitc, SM 027Christian, meaning we emphasis the Lordship and leadership of Jesus as our supreme example and teacher on prayer.  As Christians, we rely on the Bible to help us learn about and evaluate prayer practices.  You’ll notice that in our “How to Pray” section we ask our authors to include Scriptures that back up their ideas.  We do this so that our users can decide for themselves whether they feel comfortable trying a specific prayer method.

We are prayerful and teachable. We’re constantly learning ourselves about prayer and faith daily.   We are focused and do not become involved in political issues concerning prayer.  We are inclusive of all denominations and respectful of every Christian denomination concerning their specific prayer traditions.

We also believe very strongly that Christians need to be involved in a local church to continue to grow and thrive in their faith.  Our intent is that our online ministry will enhance local churches and bring those outside of the fellowship of a local church into the kind of corporate connection for worship, service, encouragement and teaching only available through Christ’s Church.

We serve

Those who want to know more about prayer.

The prayer leaders who mentor those wanting to learn more about prayer.

Who we are

Chris ramagliaOur Article and Review Contributors are from all walks of life.  We especially seek those able to write clear, short how-to articles on prayer that come from what they’ve learned and found useful in their own life journey.  Many of our writers are authors and speakers, and some are in full time Christian ministry.  We’re always  looking for more potential article writers.  To find out more email info@prayerideas.com

You can learn more about our Articles Editors who contribute to our anthology of prayer ideas under the How to Pray and Praying for Needs headings by reading the brief bios at the end of their articles.

work&play 790Our Founding Director is Karen Barber, who has been writing professionally for twenty years.  Karen is a Contributing Editor with Guideposts  Magazine, the author of Surprised by Prayer and the creator of the Personal Prayer Power video study series.

Our Story

Karen Barber’s story as Founding Director of Prayer Igniters,

Asking for a personal mission statement.  I began as a Christian writer and was searching for my “subject” to write about.  God seemed to direct me to start experimenting with prayer and eventually I felt he was leading me to write this vision statement:   “to open the way of prayer for many.“   I didn’t know how to get started, so I prayed a single sentence during my morning prayer, “Please open the way of prayer for me and for many. ”  Over time the answer to that prayer took me on a journey, first in writing a book called Surprised by Prayer (Guideposts Books, Baker Book House) that told of true answers to prayer from people all over the country.

Asking why I wasn’t finding more answers to prayer in my life.  In the course of writing the book I began to wonder how I might find more answered prayer in my own life, so I began a 100 answered prayer experiment to find 100 personal prayer answers.  I realized that I needed to expand my definition of  “answer” in order to succeed, and when I did, I was able to find 100 answers in 51 days.  The experience was so rewarding that I kept on numbering and today have 2,214 answers to prayer recorded in my journal.

I then took what I had learned and did a video series called Personal prayer power helping others discover interactive prayer where we become aware of God’s responses to our prayers.

Chris Prayer1Asking to send good prayers to my son when he was deployed to Iraq.  Then my son, Chris, deployed to Iraq and asked me if I knew any good prayers he could use with his guys before going out on missions.  I’d never prayed before combat before, so I was totally at a loss!  I started a simple website called Military prayers.org where anyone could post a prayer for our soldiers.  (the site has since been taken over by spammers – I need to rescue the content some day.)

Discovering the power of the Internet.  This showed me the power of the internet where we could collectively learn how to pray effectively for situations that maybe we hadn’t faced before.

I also began to realize that all of us go to the web when we want to find out how to do something.  I saw a need for a place where anyone could go to learn about prayer.  Personal, private prayer is actually the #1 religious practice in the US by far, so we want to be there for those people who are praying alone in private that they might need some guidance and help.

Another group that I saw could use a good prayer website is prayer leaders.  I  was on our church prayer committee and discovered that it’s hard to get many people involved in organized prayer activities these days.  I began asking prayer leaders I knew for their  ideas on group prayer activities, prayer chains, etc. that will help engage those they‘re trying to reach in prayer.


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