You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to him. (Rom. 8:9, NET Bible) Continue reading “Prayer declaration”
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. (Eph. 6:18) Continue reading “Prevailing prayer”
“Translation is always commentary.” — Kenneth Bailey Continue reading “Misreading Psalm 23”
The prayer of forgiveness is the dangerous prayer. It is the most shocking action taken by God.
Instead of forgiveness, our generation has been taught the vague notion of tolerance. The is, at best, a low-grade parody of forgiveness. At worst, it’s a way of sweeping the real issues in human life under the carpet. If the father (in the story of the Prodigal Son) had intended merely to tolerate the son, he would not have been running down the road to meet him. Forgiveness is richer and higher and harder and more shocking than we usually think. — NT Wright, The Lord and His Prayer
Jesus came and made forgiveness an action. He made it real time. Those who received the forgiveness of God were then given a shocking task: practice it on others.
“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
Thank God we don’t pray, “Tolerate us as we tolerate those among us who just aren’t thinking the same as us!”
Forgiveness is powerful and it has been extended to us. The task is to now extend it to others.
Pray dangerous prayers!
Let’s get some pet peeves of mine out of the way first. When I see someone write, or hear them say, “Many have been asking…” I automatically think, “No one has been asking…” That’s just my thing. Continue reading “The ending of one journey”
Have you ever really thought about what you are praying when you pray the prayer Jesus taught his disciples?
See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. — Rev. 3:8, NIV Continue reading “Advent Reading — The Open Door He Sets Before Us”