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Prayers God Loves to Answer – Praying for the Church (pt. 2)

A civil worker in Kentucky loses her job for refusal to issue a license for a gay marriage due to her religious convictions.  A baker on Colorado is sued for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding, again due to religious convictions.  Celebrities who are believers get criticized for positions taken by their […]

Featured Prayer Resource: Seek God for the City

“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down […]

Prayers God Loves to Answer – Praying for the Church (pt. 1)

According to Christianity Today, the United Methodist Church’s General Session this weekend will be determining the church’s stance on LGBT/gender issues.  At stake are questions like whether to ordain LGBT ministers, whether to perform gay marriages, etc. (1) The stakes are high in all of this, and there are believers on many sides in this […]

Prayers God Loves to Answer

I watched a message from David Jeremiah today on the question of “Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayers?”  He covered all the typical answers – cherished sin, praying with wrong motives, praying outside God’s will, lack of faith, etc.  Nothing he said was scripturally wrong, but I confess that I have difficulty with the hidden […]

Praying for the upcoming elections (pt. 3)

As we head to the polls today to vote in the mid-term elections, here are a few final thoughts for prayer: Thank God for the process Thank God for the blessing of free elections and the democratic process.  Thank him for giving us the right and the means to vote and determine our leadership. Pray […]

Praying for the upcoming elections (pt. 3)

Pray for the candidates As the midterm campaigns enter their final couple of days, one way we can impact the races for God’s glory is to pray specifically for the candidates and those who are campaigning on their behalf.  This may be the hardest part of prayer for the elections, because it can be difficult […]

Praying for the upcoming elections (pt. 2)

Contrary to what some may say or believe, the mid-term elections will not determine the future of the United States.  To be sure, the elected officials will have a significant impact.  But God is ultimately in control. A large part of how God controls the affairs of men is through the prayers of his people.  […]

Correctly Handling the Word of Truth (pt. 2)

Besides taking verses of Scripture out of their immediate context, we also sometimes take passages out of the wider context of Scripture and misinterpret God’s intent in a given situation.  We’re especially vulnerable to this tendency when we’re in the midst of a trial. We tend to look for a Scripture that shows God intervening […]

Correctly Handling the Word of Truth (pt. 1)

As we look to Scripture to teach us how to respond and how to pray in crisis, we must be aware of two common pitfalls. The first of these is taking Scripture out of context – whether out of its immediate context or out of the context of the Bible as a whole. A common […]

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Why doesn’t God answer prayer immediately?  Why does he seem at times to hold back, to keep us in difficult circumstances when he could bring healing, relief, finances, reconciliation, and more – all with just a word? There is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to this question.  First and foremost, we must acknowledge and agree with God […]