How to Pray In the Midst of Disaster

How do you pray when Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Katia are all making landfall within a week of one another?  Add to that an earthquake in Mexico and the tension with North Korea.  Wars, rumors of wars, social unrest, societal tension, and so much more.  It’s as if all of the earth were groaning – the earth itself, and …

Too Heavy to Carry?

“So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger…” (Deut. 8:3a) There is a growing hunger rising in many of God’s people concerning prayer.  Here’s the trajectory of how this hunger grows over time: We take careful notice of a deteriorating condition in the world. We attempt change through all of the usual, “hands-on” methods of words, efforts, legislation, etc. The …

Are You Ready for the Answer You Seek?

Today there is a fresh awakening of desire to see God move in powerful ways.  This awakened desire has led to people praying for God to act on our behalf in many differing areas of our ever-changing culture.  We are seeking His Hand of power.  This is good… but it comes with a price of personal sacrifice that we must …

Prayer’s Starting Point

What draws you to prayer? Many people are drawn to prayer out of their own personal need.  When our lives, or the lives of our loved ones, are affected by health issues, financial issues, or any sort of crisis, the sense of urgency draws us to pray.  People who rarely pray will reach upward toward heaven in times of crisis.  While …

Asking or Waiting?

Luke 11:10-13 NIV  “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.  (11)  “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?  (12)  Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  (13)  If you then, though …

Jesus, Can We Talk?

Me: Jesus, can we talk? Jesus: Sure.  You know I’m always here for you. Me: Would it be okay with you if I cut back on my time in prayer.  I have so much going on right now.  I mean, you understand, right? Jesus:  ​So, what you’re saying is that you are really overwhelmed with life’s demands right now? ​Me: …

Why Don’t We Pray?

In the Kingdom of God prayer is implied. ​In the life of the disciples of Christ, prayer is essential. In the world around us, answers to impossible problems can only come through prayer… actual praying. ​If this is true, then we need to ask this question, “Why do many (very many) ​Christians pray little-to-none?” ​In prayer, our very selves must …

The House of Prayer

Where do the broken and hurting get the H.O.P.E. (healing, opportunity, purpose and emergence) they need to flourish in Christ?  In four short words: The House of Prayer.  The House of Prayer is not inactive, but active… not passive, but bold… not observant, but involved.  The House of Prayer is where the people who need healing, opportunity, purpose and emergence come …

Prayer-alyzed

I have come to lean on prayer for everything.  Day-by-day I find myself in a rhythm of conversation with the Father that is necessary and makes life seem pointless without it. A short while ago, around the Thanksgiving holiday, I was deep in prayer for a friend and her husband who was ill in the hospital.  The man’s illness had …

Comfort Comes From Praying

In times of trouble and distress people reach upward and outward toward God. As our hearts reach out to Him, they usually resound this theme: “Where are you, God?” We are no different today than in any other time. Listen to this psalm of the sons of Korah, referred to as a “contemplation.” Psalms 42:3 NKJV My tears have been …

You Can’t Drink From An Empty Glass

The number one, most important, most precious, highest valued, top priority, most treasured thing you or I can have in this life in intimacy God; the Father, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  Communion with God and intimacy with God is at the very top of the list for those who follow Jesus.  If we are trying to do …