Worship Artists That Have Greatly Influenced My Songwriting


Matt Redman
Favorite album: 10,000 Reasons, Facedown

I know of no greater songwriter that has affected worship in this generation than Matt Redman. Every cd he makes is great. In my opinion, his live stuff is better than his studio recordings. He has been a spiritual father to me regarding merging worship songs and theology.

Heather Clark
Favorite album: Selah

I love singing scripture. I think the more word-for-word scripture a song has, the better it is. Heather Clark is a hero of mine. She was the first person I saw write worship songs 100% out of scripture. She opened her Bible and sung it. She didn’t just take themes or a few words from the Bible, she used it word-for-word with no additions. The above cd is crazy good.


Marty Sampson & Reuben Morgan (Hillsong)
Favorite album: Mighty To Save, Blessed

Hillsong has changed a lot in 20 years with many highs and some lows. Around 2002-2005, they hit their high point in creativity and writing, in my opinion. This was mostly due to the duo of Marty and Reuben. Each song they wrote who excellent, worshipful, and catchy. I learned more about singable melodies and lead rhythmic melodies from them than anyone else.

Various IHOP Artists
Favorite album: Constant

IHOP is a deep well of music. They have many, many worship songwriters, all who have their own unique style and sound. They are pioneering how to combine deep theology, prayer, and worship songs. It’s passionately beautiful.

3 Prayers, 3 Minutes, 3pm

Our pastor and church leadership has asked our church to pray everyday at 3pm for three things for three minutes. I wanted to write a short blog post with some simple 15-30 second prayers that anyone can pray, using the verses assigned to each prayer focus.

Prayers For America

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV)

Here are a few prayers to pray:

Father, we thank You that You promise to listen to Your people when they turn to You and seek You. We pray that You would help turn our hearts to Jesus — to love Him and serve Him. May we as a nation would humble ourselves before His throne and seek Him. In Jesus name, amen.

Father, we pray for our nation. We repent and ask forgiveness. We have rejected You as our source and we have served other things that hold no life (Jeremiah 2:13). Forgive us and move us to turn from these things by showing us Your face. In Jesus name, amen.

Father, we pray that You would demonstrate Your power; that in places where true repentance is taking place, stretch our Your hand and heal their land from the drought that our nation is currently encountering. Fulfill Your word and show Your power in our land we pray in Jesus name, amen.

Click here for more prayers for America.

Prayers for Governmental Leaders

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV)

Here are a couple prayers to pray:

Father, we pray for our governmental leaders. We pray that You would reveal Yourself to them in visions and dreams. In the middle of the night, we pray that You would speak to them like Samuel and draw their hearts to You. God, grant them repentance and a heart that follows You. You desire that all people be saved so pour out a spirit of wisdom and revelation upon them, so that they would know Jesus better (Ephesians 1:17). In Jesus name, amen.

Father, we pray for our governmental leaders. We pray that you would encourage them. You desire that we pray, bless, and thank You for the leaders that You have placed over us. We pray against evil words spoken against the people you have ordained to lead this nation. We pray that You would receive glory by what they do in office. May we live peacefully and quietly in this election time. Help us guard our mouths. We desire to be well pleasing to You. Give us grace to temper our words with love, blessing, thanksgiving, and prayer. In Jesus name, amen.

Click here for more thoughts and prayers for our governmental leaders.

Prayers For Israel

I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3 ESV)

Here are a couple prayers to pray:

Father, we pray blessing over Israel. While many have hardened their heart against Your Son, Jesus, we pray that You would remove the scales from their eyes so that the Jewish people would accept Jesus as their God and Messiah. Remove every hinderance from Your people, whether it be theologies, enemies, laws, etc. May nothing overshadow the light of Jesus in Israel. In His name we pray, amen.

Father, we thank You for the blessings we have received from Israel, particularly salvation from Jesus. We pray that You would protect them and be jealous over them. Let none who plot against them succeed. Father, You said in Hosea 2 that You would draw Israel to yourself and speak tenderly to her. In these times of conflict and war, we pray that You would comfort Israel. Speak tenderly to her about her hopeful future and about Jesus. In His name we pray, amen.

For some thoughts on how to view and pray for Israel, click here.