Category Archives: Prayer

Biblical Strategies Today Episode 2: Prayer Centered on God not the Problem

Biblical Strategies Today Episode 2: Prayer Centered on God not the Problem

 

If I’m hurting, how can I give thanks?

If I’m hurting, how can I give thanks?

I grew up in a church in rural Indiana. As a child I remember the uniqueness of the Sunday night before Thanksgiving. I remember that it was one of the few services that the pastor didn’t preach. Instead I vaguely remember two microphones down front, and that people would just get up and share whatContinue Reading

Lesson 3: 12th Man Training – Prayer – Part 2 – the progression

Lesson 3 in the 12th Man Training series introduces us to how Jesus progressed in prayer in his spiritual life (Mark 1:35; Luke 6:12; Mark 14:36). It gives simple instructions for how we can grow in this area as well. This lesson also introduces you to the pocket prayer journal — a simple resource you can download here: http://biblicalstrategies.com/downloads/The-Pocket-Prayer-Journal.pdf    

5 steps to developing a praise journal

The 136th Psalm provides an excellent pattern for developing your personal praise journal. Read the Psalm, purchase a blank journal or notepad and get started. Step 1: Start with the God’s attributes. Psalm 136:1 declares “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.”  Even if you believe your Thanksgiving list might be short, youContinue Reading

Learning to pray like Jesus

Perhaps you’ve seen the picture of Jesus kneeling by a rock in the garden; hands folded, eyes turned upward, the perfect picture of serenity. The gospel writers paint a different picture; it doesn’t include serenity. Mark records that he “fell to the ground” in distress. Luke describes a dangerous condition known as hematidrosis in which,Continue Reading

Prayer and decision-making

Jesus spent time in prayer before he made major decisions. Two occasions bear this out. In the opening days of ministry Jesus was shifting ministry locations (Mark 1:35, 38). If you’ve ever made a move, you know there’s a lot involved in that decision. Jesus had previously moved his ministry operations to Capernaum (Matt. 4:13).Continue Reading

The hour that changes the world

I was introduced to Dick Eastman’s book, The Hour that Changes the World, during my seminary days.  Eastman suggests that you divide one hour into 12 periods of five minutes each. Once you’ve spent 5 minutes in any one area of prayer, move to the next. Before you know it, you will have prayed forContinue Reading

A Puritan prayer for victory by looking to the cross

Great was your goodness     in undertaking my redemption,     in consenting to be made sin for me,     in conquering all my foes; Great was your strength     in enduring the extremities of divine wrath,     in taking away the load of my iniquities; Great was your love     in manifesting yourself alive,    Continue Reading

The answered prayer for which I never asked

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve; I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for health, that I might do greater things; I was given infirmity, that I might do better things. I asked for riches, that I might be happy; I was given poverty, that IContinue Reading

A personal look at a popular Psalm

Attending a funeral recently I was reminded how personal the 23rd Psalm is. Just notice the pronouns. To King David, God wasn’t someone else’s God, and he certainly wasn’t distant. He was near. And he was personally involved in King David’s life. No wonder this is the Psalm that is read by the bedside ofContinue Reading