“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.” — Karl Barth Continue reading “Kingdom Authority”
I love the Gospel of Mark. He’s in such a hurry. In four short verses we get the baptism of Jesus AND the 40 days in the wilderness.
Here is a lesson I was meditating on this morning in prayer. Continue reading “When the desert comes”
On a retreat this past week, the Lord walked me through several New Testament letters, but he had me plant myself in 2 Timothy the most. There are some great thoughts on spiritual leadership I will build on. To be honest, it was also a brutal walk through a letter for me. It was personal and the Spirit really had to deal with me severely on some personal issues. Continue reading “Spiritual Leadership — The Prayer Life”
He takes me to lush pastures,
he leads me to refreshing water. (Ps. 23:2)
Lord, I don’t find water or food without you. I don’t know true abundance without you. I don’t know the way without you. Lead me, please, Great Shepherd.
The prayers of Paul are a great model of how to pray over people:
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Col. 1:9-14, NIV)
Painful words from Paul that challenge me:
Do not be anxious about anything (Phil. 4:6) Continue reading “Deliver us from anxiety”
20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Phil. 1:20-21)
To reach that level of determination is a matter of the will, not of debate or of reasoning. It is absolute and irrevocable surrender of the will at that point. (Oswald Chambers)