Category Archives: Prayer

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

The spiritual benefits of fasting

In our world of instant gratification and fast-food restaurants most of us assume that when we’re hungry that means we should eat. But what might happen if our stomach’s prompting was a reminder to pray, not simply to eat? Such is the purpose of fasting. In his excellent article, Nine Reasons to Fast other thanContinue Reading

Give us this day our daily bread…

He was from Nigeria, but I met him in Hungary. I was teaching for five days, and he was one of fifty international students studying the Bible in an old communist castle. Over lunch one day, he asked me the question: “Is it right for me to marry an American woman, and expect her toContinue Reading

The prayer guide of Jesus

Jesus gave us a guide to prayer. He tucked it right in the middle of his sermon on the mount (Matt. 5-7). We call it the Lord’s Prayer. It begins: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name (Matt. 6:9).  The word hallowed is closely connected with the word holy, and it means to be set apart.Continue Reading

The Valley of Vision – A puritan prayer

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly. Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision, where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory. Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up, that to be lowContinue Reading

7 tools to enhance your prayer life

Dick Eastman, author of The Hour that Changes the World, shares insightfully: Nothing I can do will please Christ more than my joining with Him in daily prayer. And when I do, something happens in the world that could not happen through any other means. Here are seven tools that others have found beneficial in bringing consistency toContinue Reading

The prayer list of Jesus

Have you ever wondered what’s on Jesus’ prayer list? The apostle Paul links Jesus’ resurrection directly to His intercession for us. The Scripture records, It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who makes intercession for us” (Romans 8:34).  Notice those last five words: WhoContinue Reading

Improving my listening by focusing my thoughts…

My mind has a tendency to wander. Perhaps yours does too. So when I silence my cell phone in a service I want to attempt to shut off my mental day-timer too. Letting the day’s events run through my mind is not conducive to hearing what God desires for me to learn. It often doesn’t feel likeContinue Reading

Focusing your prayer time – A simple acrostic for prayer

Sometimes its easy to get distracted in prayer. I have used the simple acrostic PRAY to keep me focused. Praise. Repent. Ask. Yield. These four elements are essential in making our prayer time effective. Praise.  An essential element of prayer is praise. I like to remember to praise the who, what, and why of God.Continue Reading

Help for those struggling with sexual sins–Step3: Prepare for the battle through prayer

Your phone rings. You don’t recognize the number, but you pick it up anyway. The voice on the other end of the line is a five-star general. He’s calling to inform you that you have just been selected to serve in Afghanistan. You have 48 hours to get ready. “Wait” you respond, “I’ve never served inContinue Reading