Learning to Pray for Others from the Apostle Paul

When you have a baby they want everything. It wasn’t too long ago that our baby boy was about at the grabbing stage. He didn’t think about what was good for him, he just wanted everything and grabbed for it and when he didn’t get it, he would make some noise until someone gave it to him. A lot of praying that goes on in churches is like that. As children get older they ask for all kinds of things. I wish I had made a list of some of the things my children have asked me for. Dad can I have a horse? Dad can … Continue reading Learning to Pray for Others from the Apostle Paul

Learning to Pray with Ceasing

What’s our problem with prayer? We sometimes think our problem is self-discipline.  I would pray more if I were more disciplined.  Maybe for some, but I think for most of us the problem is not self-discipline, but self-reliance.  We don’t pray to God more because we either don’t see Him as the source of help or we don’t feel helpless enough without His support. I think the one proof of that is how often we pray to ourselves.  We don’t have a problem with praying all the time, because we are doing it all the time.    That is what … Continue reading Learning to Pray with Ceasing

On Prayer

Luke 18:1, “Now He was telling them a parable to show that all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart…” 1 Timothy 2:1, “First of all then I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings be made on behalf of all men…” Ephesians 6:18, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for the saints, and pray on my behalf that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth to make known with boldness … Continue reading On Prayer

On Unceasing Prayer Part 1

We should always be praying. I could stand before any group of people at any given time and it would be totally appropriate for me to challenge them to make a commitment to prayer.  If I were standing before a group of unbelievers, they certainly would need to be challenged to get on their knees and cry out to God in prayer.  Standing before a group of believers, knowing what we know about God, being blessed the way we have by God, we have just as much a need to be challenged to pray. We should always be praying about … Continue reading On Unceasing Prayer Part 1

A Prayer Hearing God

I don’t have a lot of time to write. But I have been struggling with trusting God as far as purchasing a car. In fact I had much less difficulty trusting that God was sovereign during the robbery than I have trusting Him for finding a vehicle. They are so expensive here. I am talking almost double. So I have been worrying and trying to figure it out on my own. Until last week. Someone encouraged me to pray. Shocker. But I actually did. Then today I got a call out of the blue from someone I had met last … Continue reading A Prayer Hearing God

A Prayer Hearing God…

I am on my knees this morning, praying and thinking about how impossible this whole thing is.  I mean, we are here, the needs are there, it is happening, but really this is huge, how exactly do we begin?  And so I start meditating on the fact that God is in heaven, on His throne, that He can do and will do exactly what He wants to do, and I just am asking God to do what I obviously cannot.  Then the phone rings. And it is one of my friends who is working on this whole project with me and he says he … Continue reading A Prayer Hearing God…

Answers to Prayer…

God obviously doesn’t need us to pray. He’s not up in heaven wondering what is going on with our lives. It’s not like when we pray, suddenly He says, wow, I didn’t know that you were in need. In calling us to pray, this command, it’s intended to bless us. It’s like when we pay God the honor He’s due by praying to Him, He repays us right back. The payment is a blessing. Anyway, one of the reasons it is so good to pray is that it demonstrates to you God’s active involvement in your life. I mean, if … Continue reading Answers to Prayer…

Prayer

If you would, please pray for us. We love the work at our church in Coopersburg and believe that the ministry here is very important. It’s been amazing to see what God has done in the lives of those here at the church. We love the people here. It’s such a joy to minister the gospel in the Lehigh Valley. We’ve blessed with a wonderful, sweet church family. But at the same time have and have had a strong desire to serve the Lord in Africa. Looking at our desires and our giftings, while we are so content here, we … Continue reading Prayer

Unanswered prayer…one last time

We’re talking about the problem of unanswered prayer: If God is in control and God really listens to our prayers and if God loves me, why doesn’t He answer my prayers the way I want? In previous blogs we’ve seen, 1. because God is God and we are not…2. because God has a better plan to bring Himself glory. Today, one more. 3. Because He wants our best. Just imagine going diamond shopping with an expert in diamonds. I mean, this guy knows it all. And you look, and you look, and finally you come down to two options. And … Continue reading Unanswered prayer…one last time