I once was that prodigal child — lost, angry, and struggling to find my identity. Hardened on the outside, but deeply hurting within. The pain of my choices was not only destroying me, but creating heartache within our family and severing my relationships with the people who loved me most. By God’s grace, my parents did not give up on me — despite how tempting it must have been at times. Instead, they entrusted my life to God, prayed for my brokenness, and fought for me in prayers that God eventually answered. Parents, if you are raising a seemingly hard-hearted, rebellious … Continue reading Pray Them Home: Prayers for Prodigal Children
How do we pray for our children when our words seem to run dry? How do we faithfully lift them before the Lord with confidence that our prayers match hisdesires for them? When we’re not sure of how to pray, God’s word enables us to stand with him and lift our children before his throne with confidence. As a parent, I long to pray for my kids more faithfully. I long to stand in agreement with my Savior, and pray bold and powerful prayers for my kids. But sometimes I get stuck. Sometimes I can’t find the words. Paul’s words to … Continue reading Pray Big Things for Your Little Ones
I am moved by God’s emotion in Jeremiah 17—His words to describe His love for His people and the land He gave to them. How grieved He is over their sin and the judgment that He must pass upon them … Continue reading The Sin That Will Stop God’s Ears From Hearing Your Prayers
In the new year, you will make and keep lots of different appointments. We all have appointments in our lives that we would never miss. It could be the doctor. It could be for our hair. It could be with … Continue reading Don’t Trade Away God’s Help Today
What dreams do you have for the new year? What do you wish would be different about you, your marriage, your family, your job, or your ministry? Some of us may have been thinking about this since late last January … Continue reading My Prayer for Next Year
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in … Continue reading Big Prayers—Big Peace
Father James Linton was arrested last month outside the San Bernardino Planned Parenthood for offering to pray with women entering the abortion facility. Police held him for six hours and later charged him with criminal trespass. If convicted, Father Linton … Continue reading Criminal Charges Filed Against Anglican Priest for Praying Outside Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic
Our Father and God, We acknowledge that in this election you are, as it were, holding up a mirror to America. You are showing us who we are as a nation. We may not like what we see, but the … Continue reading Seven Ways to Pray on Election Day
Guilt is a terrible motivator for any behavior, except repentance. We cannot sustain ongoing spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, from a sense of guilt. That’s not what guilt is designed to achieve, and it’s why feeling bad over not praying … Continue reading Do You Pray Enough?
Prayerlessness is the great enemy of true happiness. If we give up on prayer, or refuse to pray, we surrender our seat at the very source of the highest and fullest joy.
Prayer in the daily life a believer in Jesus Christ should be like breathing, no one looks at the clock and says “oh it’s 3pm, I gotta breath”.
IMAGE CREDITS: TALKRADIONEWS / FLICKR. Congressmen, President Barack Obama and faith leaders from around the country met for the annual prayer breakfast in Washington, D.C. Thursday. At the breakfast, House Minority Leader Democrat Nancy Pelosi took the opportunity to invoke “the prophet Muhammad.” Before reading from the Gospel of John, Pelosi talked about the similarity of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. “In the Gospel of John we see the golden rule that stands at the heart of the gospel, and as we hear these words from John 13, 15, and 17, we know that this message, this command of love is not … Continue reading NANCY PELOSI INVOKES ‘THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD’ AT NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST
BREMERTON, Wash. — A school district in Washington has placed a Christian football coach on paid leave for continuing to pray on the 50-yard line at the conclusion of the game, which he did last Friday when both teams and members of the community joined him in a show of support. The Bremerton School District released a four-page letter on Wednesday night explaining its reasons for placing Joe Kennedy, the assistant head coach for the varsity team at Bremerton High School and the head coach for the junior varsity team, on leave. “Kennedy’s conduct poses a genuine risk that the district will be … Continue reading Washington School District Places Football Coach on Leave Until He Stops Praying on Field
God can do more in five seconds than we can do in five hours or months or years. This is one reason the habit of prayer is wise. Sometimes we do not get the five-second breakthrough because we do not ask. To be sure, God ordains to do many good things through hours or months or years of labor. Prayer is not meant to replace toil. For example, God wills that a chapter be read, or a meal prepared, or a friend visited in the space of hours not seconds. He wills that a house be built in months not … Continue reading What God Can Do in Five Seconds
A breakthrough is a military concept. When one army is able to weaken its enemy’s forces to the point of collapse, a breakthrough occurs allowing that army to invade and take its enemy’s territory. But in war a breakthrough only really matters if it occurs at a strategic location. And the evidence that a location is strategic is almost always revealed by the amount of enemy forces amassed to protect it. An enemy led by skilled generals plans to ferociously protect what it prizes highly. This means that an invading army can expect its attempt to achieve a breakthrough to … Continue reading Praying for a Breakthrough
When we open our Bibles to read, we’re never alone. The Holy Spirit hovers over and in the words of God, ready to stir our hearts, illumine our minds, and redirect our lives, all for the glory of Christ (John [16:14]). The Spirit is the X factor in Bible reading, making an otherwise ordinary routine supernatural — and making it utterly foolish to read and study without praying for our eyes, minds, and hearts. Prayer is a conversation, but not one we start. God speaks first. His voice sounds in the Scriptures and climactically in the person and work of his … Continue reading Four Prayers for Bible Reading
God has called parents to a difficult task. We are called to prevent the giant pile of children’s laundry from overtaking the house, cook meals for picky eaters, and clean up never-ending messes. But most importantly, we are given the … Continue reading Two Bedtime Prayers for Weary Parents
Is September 2015 going to be one of the most important months in modern American history? When I issued my first ever “red alert” for the last six months of 2015 back in June, I was particularly concerned with the … Continue reading In The Month Of September 2015 We Officially Enter The Danger Zone
As I was putting two of our sons to sleep, I was praying with our three-year-old on his little toddler bed. He hasn’t yet learned to close his eyes while we pray, and I can feel his intense gaze looking … Continue reading Pray for Your Children
When it comes to overcoming an injury or emotional trauma, the guiding principles of healing are remarkably similar. In general, the better the health, both physical and emotional, prior to the crisis, the better the predicted outcome will be. Along … Continue reading This Is the Only Weapon We Have Left to Fight Against the Coming Jade Helm Tyranny