How much do we REALLY believe in prayer?

My challenge in prayer the past few days has been a question from the Spirit: “Do I REALLY believe God can change the course of nations? Do I fully understand what I am asking, and WHO I am addressing, in prayer?” Today in our church service we are praying for the nations. For the persecuted.Continue reading “How much do we REALLY believe in prayer?”

Training our hands for war

Praise be to the Lord my Rock,     who trains my hands for war,     my fingers for battle. (Ps. 144:1) We don’t like talk of “war,” but war is what we get when we come into true Kingdom allegiance. When we make the declaration in our lives that Jesus IS Lord, that means all other things are NOTContinue reading “Training our hands for war”

Prayers of the Day

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”

Maturing in Prayer… a Basketball Analogy

I love NCAA basketball. I live and die with the Kansas Jayhawks. I died early this year. There is a marker I use in watching games (if I can) early in the NCAA tournament: If a high seed team rolls through their first two games, taking care of business and not letting a much lowerContinue reading “Maturing in Prayer… a Basketball Analogy”

Even the enemy makes tactical errors

We have spent the past week in a new level of intercessory prayer, and it is a call to an ongoing battle. A missionary friend was struck down by an illness last Monday and was in a coma most of the week. Doctors scrambled to diagnose the issue, but an ever widening circle of friendsContinue reading “Even the enemy makes tactical errors”

The place of battle: taking on the enemy

I am working my way through the work of Evagrius called Praktikos. It’s been too long since I’ve read this marvelous work on the contemplative life. Evagrius is intense when it comes to spiritual warfare. When you are tempted do not fall immediately to prayer. First utter some angry words against against the one who afflictsContinue reading “The place of battle: taking on the enemy”

The hope of breakthrough

Last night our church held a night of worship and prayer. Having a time of prayer doesn’t “draw” a lot of people, but the time is still incredible. Through prayer and song there were some bold steps in spiritual warfare that took place. There is a sense that this is a time of truly askingContinue reading “The hope of breakthrough”

The Way of Peace is Found in Following the Prince of Peace

One of our Advent readings today is Eph. 6:10-20. It’s one we, as Pentecostals, love. Spiritual warfare. Here is the ironic thing I find in this passage and our current attitude in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting. On the one hand I’m fairly sure I could get almost 100 percent agreement from myContinue reading “The Way of Peace is Found in Following the Prince of Peace”

The Difference Between Knowing God and Knowing ABOUT God

I am preparing for my Acts class this week and find myself in Acts 19, one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. The sons of Sceva always intrigue me. They are the picture of spiritual formulas. This is the picture we get when we are so caught up in the design of a programContinue reading “The Difference Between Knowing God and Knowing ABOUT God”