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I don't know about you, but some days prayer doesn't come easily for me.
There seem to be more demands for my time than I have time for, and often it's prayer that gets left out. Or I get tricked into thinking prayer is more complicated than I have energy for.
But let me tell you, prayer is where God loves us. Prayer is God's means of grace. Prayer is where ministry is made. Prayer is the root of our relationship with Him. Prayer is really one of the best things we've got.
But maybe you need...
I don’t know if you’ve heard of the Enneagram, but it’s hot in some circles. At its simplest, the Enneagram is a personality profiling tool that describes nine basic personality types. The idea is to find your type, discover how you live out your type, and then take steps to grow.
It’s actually been around for a long time but has recently gained a resurgence due to some popular books, podcasts, and social media. There’s a debate among some Christians about...
If you're like me, you've struggled with prayer. But I believe for the Christian, prayer isn't supposed to be the hard work. The hard work was already done by Jesus to make us approved and accepted by God. Now we get to relax in the river of grace and enjoy God.
Prayer is a means to do that. But what if our prayer lives become an obstacle to swimming in grace, enjoying God?
That's why I got so excited when I started noticing different types of prayer in the Bible.
For example, in the letters...
When I was a child, the neighbor boy flashed some flashy magazines at me.
We were underneath the trees that bordered my yard. The shade cast dark shadows on us, which concealed our activity. He didn’t tell me these magazines were forbidden, but I sensed it in the hushed secrecy of the shadows.
Time stood still, pregnant with exhilaration and danger. We could be caught. But it didn’t matter, this I had to see. At that point, I was too young for my parents to have considered giving...
When you feel unworthy of God’s love, think about this:
Not all feelings can be trusted. They come and go as the wind blows. They can lead you astray. Feelings are not your true north.
God will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He has compelled himself to obey His own Word because God never breaks His promises. God’s Word says He will never leave you, so He won’t.
God’s love is not based on your own nature or ability or goodness—it’s based on...
The first time I heard someone speak in tongues, I thought he was speaking Greek. That’s because I took Greek in college and wasn’t good at it. And because of that, I didn’t know what Greek really sounded like. After I figured out it wasn’t Greek, I realized that maybe it was tongues. I would have preferred Greek.
But tongues are what it was. Up to that point the only experience I had with tongues was something I read somewhere, and in the corner of my memory, a...
We introduced the idea that there are different types of prayer and we can find our strengths in prayer. Prayer isn’t supposed to be the hard work; the hard work was already done by Christ to make us approved and accepted by God.
You’re going to lean toward different types of prayer—your sweet spot in prayer. The point is to discover your sweet spot so it can lead you into a deep and satisfying relationship with your Heavenly Father.
In order to help you find your prayer...
Jesus said, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled" (Matthew 5:6).
What does it mean to be filled by God? It begins with hunger.
I've been praying before, and suddenly, everything disappeared. All that mattered was what he said, what he promised. All that mattered was what he did, what he was doing. All that mattered was God.
I was at once like the dark, barren world before it was made, still formless and empty and void. Then slowly and surely...
Does this sound like you?
You sit down to pray but soon you’re thinking about the movie from the night before. And what snarky Facebook status to post.
You catch your mind wandering, so you return to prayer, but then you notice the door trim is peeling and oh, when was this door knob changed?
You coach yourself to fight the good fight, but this Facebook status is so brilliant, you grab your smartphone and post it. You just have to. Then you try to find your way back to prayer.