Category Archives: Prayer

Smart Intercession

The crack of the Challenger tank’s gun startled me; so did its accuracy. On the hillside about a mile away, a bright flash, followed by a black cloud, engulfed an old car. I would not want to be on the receiving end of such formidable weaponry. But I was a guest at an army firepower […]

Earthquake Preparedness

It’s strange how we can repeatedly read a passage and miss a basic point. That happened to me with the story of Paul and Silas in prison when the earthquake struck. About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, […]

Believing in Fulfillment

One of the ironies of prophecy is that when it comes to pass there are people who refuse to believe its fulfillment. Sometimes we construct a warm and comfortable nest of ideas around a prophetic hope without realizing that those ideas have become more precious than the hope itself. Fulfillment requires the dismantling of what […]

The First Mention of Healing Prayer in the Bible

Until recently, I had no idea that Abraham was the first prayer warrior. Unless we count the generic phrase, “call upon the Lord,”1 the first two mentions of prayer in the Bible are of healing prayer for barrenness. The story of Abraham’s prayer time is quite the eye opener.2 After watching Sodom and Gomorrah vanish […]

Following Jesus

Following Jesus through the changing circumstances of life is an art, not a science. In science, there are rules and equations. If we repeat the steps we have taken in the past, we will get the same results. The art of following Jesus requires us to adjust to His every move. What He had us […]

Stress Management — God’s Way

The last few weeks have been unusually busy for me. Excessive busyness produces stress. We all have twenty-four hours in a day in which to accomplish all our tasks, enjoy relationships, and catch a little sleep. Sometimes life demands too much of our time and energy. So, I was glad for a reminder of God’s […]

Paul’s Prayer List

My prayer list is scrawled on six daily pages in an old Daytimer. I have friends who use Smartphones or iPads. No doubt some people are prompted to pray every time they pass the magnetic prayer cards on the refrigerator. Whatever form they take, most lists include other believers and Christian organizations. Paul’s prayer list […]

Effective Prayer

There are many reasons to pray. The most important is to understand God’s will and ways better. But we’d like our prayers answered too, wouldn’t we? Elijah is known for effective prayer. He’s a great example to us. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature […]

A Simple Life – Living for God

I suspect that every human dream can ultimately find fulfillment in God. What do you long for? Is it a fabulous windfall of wealth, a brilliant inventive mind able to devise technologies to conquer world-wasting problems, or social influence to change the way whole segments of humanity behave. In a prayer for the Thessalonians Paul […]