My wife and I are cat people. It started by accident. A family of stray cats was living under our fourplex in Baton Rouge. When Hurricane Gustav flooded our street, a sopping wet kitten walked into our apartment and refused to leave. Josie moved around with us for the next seven years, and we’ve had
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God (Phil 4:6). “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17). How often do you pray to God? Early in my Christian walk, I found I could pray without ceasing. Or near enough! That’s not a boast.
Q. To follow up your blog on Proverbs and the days of evil, why do you think God answers our prayers with silence? Why would He do that, especially when we’re suffering and so desperate for answers? A. Thanks for letting me clarify. I disagree with the premise that God answers those prayers with silence.
Being able to pray to the Living God is a fantastic privilege. But having a healthy prayer life can be hard to develop, maintain, and keep fresh over time. Prayer takes discipline. It also takes wisdom. And if you want wisdom for living the Christian life, read the Book of James. It is like the
At the beginning of last year, you probably heard a sermon series that punned on 2020. There were titles such as “20/20 Vision,” or “God’s Vision for 2020,” “2020: Clear Vision for your Life,” or “Give us 20/20 in 2020.” And whatever vision or plan was presented in that sermon series was probably completely wrong!
The Lord’s Prayer may be one of the most famous prayers in the world. The vast majority of Christians—from Catholic to Charismatic—say it regularly. It’s something we can all agree on, isn’t it? But what if the vast majority have managed to get it wrong? Right before Jesus gave us that model prayer, He emphasized
I have always found Mark 9:29 to be a strange and hard to understand verse. A man has brought his son who has a demon that caused the young boy to be deaf and dumb and tried to destroy him. Jesus cast the demon out. The disciples had tried to cast the demon out before
Do you pray for your pastor? What do you ask for? Here’s what Paul requested prayer for: Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may
For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Tim 2:5). Jesus is the Mediator, and His mediation works in two directions. First, Jesus mediates God to you. You do not “see” the Father’s glory directly, but through Christ: And the Word became flesh, and dwelt
I’ve been preaching through the Lord’s Prayer at church, and in my studies, I keep hearing echoes of Eden through these petitions. Our Father which art in heaven, We address our Father in heaven, because in Gen 1:1 God created all things, including us. He is not part of creation, but over creation, in heaven.