There are all kinds of studies that tell us that sleep is good for us. But, as I was reading Luke 22 the other day, I recognized the one time when Jesus said that sleep was bad for us.
Rules of prayer are good but, sometimes, these unbiblical rules prevent us from experiencing God. When rules stop us from experiencing God, then we should break those rules. Here are at least seven rules of prayer we should continually break for us to go deeper with God through prayer.
The world is a cruel place. Hate abounds. The evidence of this hatred was never clearer Friday night in Portland, Oregon on the light-rail. Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, is accused of and was arrested for stabbing three men who intervened when Christian allegedly yelled racial slurs at two teenage girls. This is the embodiment of hatred. How should we respond when we get a front seat to this kind of cruelty?
“In Jesus name, we pray. Amen!” Most followers of Jesus end our prayers this way each time we pray. There is nothing wrong with praying like this, but is it necessary for us to do it? You might be surprised.
Last night, at an Ariana Grande concert, 22 people were killed and many others injured after a suspected terror attack at the Manchester Arena. These stories of terror attacks fatigue my soul. I become numb, not knowing what to do. So, how should we respond to this tragedy?
We all have at least one – a toxic family member. But, how do we deal with family members that are just plain difficult to get along with? Do we write them off? Do you simply ignore them? That would be the easy way. I believe there is one effective way and it will revolutionize your family relationships.
At some point in our journey with Jesus, we can find ourselves drifting away from God. We all know this is not a good place to be. So, how can we tell if we are drifting away from God and what can we do about it?
Everyone who follows Jesus will experience suffering – physical and emotional pain or distress. The issue is not that we will suffer, but how should we respond to our physical, emotional and spiritual distress. How we respond is critical. The Bible says there are at least 14 proper ways we can respond to suffering.
For whom should we pray? Our default is to pray for ourselves first, asking God to bless and protect us. Are we too selfish? There is nothing wrong with praying for ourselves. However, the Bible says we should not pray only for ourselves. There are a few more people for whom we should intercede. You might be surprised.
If the Lord says the same, on July 10th, Tonia and I will be married 23 years. I am humbled, grateful and excited. We have had many ups and downs, joys and sorrows, and a lot of amazing days and some “Meh” days. But, over the last two decades, we have a done a few simple things to strengthen our relationship.