I like to pray easy prayers. You know the ones: “Please bless me. Forgive me for the things that are technically a sin but really aren’t that bad. Send your angels to watch over my family. And help the persecuted people all over the world. Amen.”
I’m not so good at praying a prayer like David prayed in Psalm 139:23: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”
Asking God to search, to... Read More
Jesus’ public ministry lasted for three years. He spoke to many different people on many different occasions. The four gospels preserve only relatively small amounts of his precious words. He clearly spoke about the same topics in similar language at different times. Both Matthew and Luke record slightly different versions of the magnificent prayer he taught his friends to use.
“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord,... Read More
The apostle Peter was once sprung out of prison by an angel who infiltrated perimeter security, cut the chains right off Peter’s wrists, and led him out. Did he go home after that? No. Where, then, did he go? He immediately went to find his friends. They had been so worried about Peter that they were gathered together praying. Seeing him come through the doors was a stunning and direct answer to their group intercessions.
God loves when you pray... Read More
Do you save prayer energy only for “big asks,” i.e., major crises? Do you hate to bother God with trivia? Is it appropriate to pray over basketball games and business deals? the health of a pet? a successful family gathering?
If God were human like us, he would have little interest in or capacity for the smaller things in our lives. But he is God—unlimited mental ability, unlimited interest in our lives, unlimited resources, unlimited power, unlimited love for us.... Read More
Paul is a prayer hero of mine because he models for me constantly how a good spiritual leader shows appreciation for the people he is serving. If you read his epistles, you will see how often he praises the believers in those places and how he calls on God’s blessings on their lives.
One such example would be the Christians in the Macedonian city of Philippi: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for... Read More