God’s “Weird” Way of Answering Our Prayers

Judges 13:22, “We’re certainly going to die . . . because we have seen God!” Do we always know what we're asking when we pray? We beg God for showers of blessing but we ask without knowing that black clouds must gather in to bring them. Thank God for this ignorance because we might hesitate … Continue reading God’s “Weird” Way of Answering Our Prayers

Morning Prayer: Adaptated from Psalm 103

What a prayer for the day is Psalm 103! **Excuse my paraphrase** Bless the Lord my sleepy soul! Get up and with all that is within me BLESS his holy name! Bless the Lord my forgetful soul, and remember ALL his benefits, richly forgiving sin, sins, and flagrant iniquity! He healed you of all your … Continue reading Morning Prayer: Adaptated from Psalm 103

“In Kati’s name, Amen.”

"...save the son of your maidservant." Psalms 86:16 ESV David's appeal to God is based partially on recalling the faithful nature of his mother. My mom is a righteous and God-fearing lady as well. Though I can't pray "in Kati's name" I do well to mention her and plead God's faithfulness to the third and … Continue reading “In Kati’s name, Amen.”

Three Answers to Prayer

I'm reading a devotional in the Bible App Youversion called "Pray like Jesus" by Pastor Mark Driscoll. He tells a funny and helpful story about his kids in reference to how God answers us when we pray. "Like all dads, God reserves three potential answers to all prayers: Yes, No, or Later. Some years ago, … Continue reading Three Answers to Prayer

The Shadow of Prayer

Prayer is always the forerunner of divine mercy. Even a short glance at Christian history uncovers that great mercies are seldom known separated from supplication. This is also true of personal experience. There are showers of unsolicited favor but still great prayer has been the prelude of great mercy within. When peace was found by … Continue reading The Shadow of Prayer

6 Words That Can Change Everything

I got this message today from a friend of my sons. He's 14 and his life was changed by Jesus this summer at church camp. What 14 year old does that?! I'm at the gym fighting back tears writing this post. This is a natural outcome when someone really meets Jesus. I met Jesus at … Continue reading 6 Words That Can Change Everything

The Psalms: Our Guide for Prayer

The Psalms have been the prayers of the Saints for generations. Many of us have not discovered this wealth of material for prayer. When you don’t know what to pray for as you should, or what kind of prayer to offer, the Holy Spirit is praying for you in groans too deep for words (Romans … Continue reading The Psalms: Our Guide for Prayer