Yesterday was a day of prayer in our church for the worldwide persecuted church. We called out several places in the world where believers meet in “underground” (or hidden) churches. I was mindful of some friends who recently had less that 24 hours to evacuate a country because their lives were in danger. They wereContinue reading “Praying for the persecuted church”
As I read through the Gospel of Mark again, the story of the friends carrying their paralyzed buddy to Jesus (Mark 2:1-12) continues to challenge me. They have the faith to get him to Jesus. The paralytic himself doesn’t have that faith. The others have that faith and carry him to the One who canContinue reading “Tearing off the roof in prayer”
Reading for the Day: Psalm 55, 138, 139 Gen. 41:1-13 1 Cor. 4:1-7 Mark 2:23-3:6 I have lived too much of my life outwardly in recent years. The inward prayer life needs attention.
Offering intercessory prayer means nothing other than Christians bringing one another into the presence of God, seeing each other under the cross of Jesus as poor human beings and sinners in need of grace. Then, everything about other people that repels me falls away. Then I see them in all their need, hardship, and distress.Continue reading “The power of intercession”
This is a “Night of Power” for Muslims during Ramadan. It is a night remembering Muhammad and how he received his revelations. It is a day like this we intercede, asking God to reveal himself in true power as Muslims turn again to prayer.
Prayer for Mission Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord andContinue reading “Prayers of the Day”
I don’t know how to pray. I don’t know a thing about prayer. Not really. I read about prayer. I read Scripture. I read from people of prayer, from people who have gloriously walked with God, and yet… I don’t know how to prayer. These past few weeks have stretched me in interecessory prayer likeContinue reading “The concert of prayer”
There is an organization in missions called “Live Dead.” There is a new generation being called to go the hardest places of the world to proclaim and live out the gospel of Jesus Christ. The challenge is great because for too many years we have called these “closed” countries “hard” to the gospel. They areContinue reading “Living Dead”
The true power of prayer is always behind the scenes. It is the power that generates the movement of God and we often don’t have any idea of the “true events” of a revival or miracle until later. What we often find out later is God was moving someone to prayer. Mark Batterson writes in DrawContinue reading “Behind-the-scenes-power”
I said “holy” anger only to make it sound more spiritual, I guess. I was thinking about prayer and passion in prayer in the past couple of days. This thought has occurred to me as I have mulled over my laziness in prayer. When the enemy attacks me, I can pretty much “take it.” It’sContinue reading “Holy anger and prayer”