Prayer articles

If Jesus felt He needed time alone in prayer with His Father, why do you and I think we can get by without it? How is your prayer life? Could some of the exhaustion you are feeling be the result of simple prayerlessness?

Prayer in the Pursuit of God

Prayer in the Pursuit of God

Time Alone with Jesus   Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. — Luke 5:16 Often when I am under stress and pressure, I feel one of my greatest needs is to get a good night’s sleep. But I’ve found that physical rest alone is not enough to revive my flagging spirit. I need

My wife, Pat, and I were spending Thanksgiving week at our son’s home. Soon after we arrived, we talked about where we would go for Thanksgiving dinner. Johnny said, “What I would really like is for Mom to cook the things we’ve always had on Thanksgiving and eat here at my place.” Pat said she would, and it sounded great to me.

Guideposts for Thanksgiving

  The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. — Ecclesiastes 7:8 NIV I want to completely declutter the basement before Thanksgiving,” my wife, Pat, said while we were out for a walk. “I have a lot of stuff going on…. Why do we need to do

It is in our nature to desire to have our freedom and be holy simultaneously and in that order, but in that order it will never work. Holiness brings freedom; it does not act as its pal and tag or follow along. It dictates a spiritual freedom that feels far less like I have the right to do whatever I want and much more like I’m so free in the Spirit, I turn some of my earthly freedoms down

Holiness Over Freedom

When we decide to follow Jesus, life is no longer about our liberties. It is about our responsibilities to Him. It is not about our cans. It is about our want-tos. And in that healthy relationship with Jesus, liberties live at peace with convictions; there is no constant war — we are still doing what

What if you wake up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today? When I first stumbled across that question, it stopped me in my tracks. Would I wake up with anything? It’s a humbling and provocative idea.

5 Gratitude Devotions You Just Might Need This Week

  Editor’s note: What a week we’re about to embark on! We thought you could use a few quick devotions to get your mornings started. Despite the chaos surrounding us right now, let’s remind ourselves that it is the season of thankfulness. We hope this season will be the catalyst into a life of thankfulness.

Into the Mystery

Everything is possible for you. —Mark 14:36 In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus addresses His prayers tenderly to “Abba, Father” but also reverently to the One for whom “everything is possible” (Mark 14:36). He is recognizing that intimate love and infinite power coexist and coalesce without contradiction in the heart of God. C. S. Lewis

Prayer: Lay it at His Feet and Leave it There

Today we are offering God the ongoing and chronic struggles in our lives. Morning Meditation Forgive me for picking back up what I’ve already laid at Your feet. Surely I’m not the only one who gives God a concern and tells Him she will trust Him, but after a few hours, days, or weeks picks

The Long Walk Between Offered and Answered Prayer

You are walking, not on the path between Georgia and Maine. No, you are walking on a road even steeper and longer — the path between offered prayer and answered prayer. Between supplication and celebration bent knees and lifted hands tears of fear and tears of joy “Help me, Lord” and “Thank You, Lord” Do

The One-Minute Pause

We live in a crazy-making world. So much stimulation rushes at us with such unrelenting fury, we are overstimulated most of the time. Things that nourish us — a lingering conversation, a leisurely stroll through the park, time to savor both making and then enjoying dinner — these are being lost at an alarming rate;

How Are You Praying for this Election Year?

Since our nation’s very first days, God’s greatest movements in our midst have been fashioned and sustained by prayer, from the signing of our earliest documents, to our triumphs over days of darkness, to the spiritual awakenings that have sustained our faith and resolve over the centuries. Throughout Scripture and throughout our history as a

What Kind of Woman?

Editor’s note: The following excerpt is from one of our favorite books of this past year. It is powerfully insightful, it is fun and inspirational, and it is filled with heart-pumping Hope. You Are the Girl for the Job by Jess Connolly will spur you on in the belief of the most foundational truth –

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