Archive for May, 2013
There’s nothing more basic, more vital or more powerful in our relationship with God than prayer. The more we pray and the more effectively we pray, the deeper our relationship with God grows. But why is it that at times it feels so hard to get through to God? Why are there times when we feel like our prayers are not making it past the ceiling? Why is it that so often we try everything else before we think to ask God? Why is it that we can go for vast periods of time and not even breathing a word to God in prayer? Why is it when we try to pray that all kinds of distracting thoughts flood our minds, like we’re in a battle … a spiritual battle? God’s Word teaches how to pray through the barriers we face in life. We need to learn how to P.U.S.H. through those barriers … Pray Until Something Happens. (more…)
I remember seeing a Peanuts cartoon where some unnamed stranger was walking around on a sidewalk with a sign that read, “Guilty!” Charlie Brown looked at the sign and wondered to himself, “How did he know?” Some people, like Charlie Brown, continually struggle with a guilty conscience, even if it isn’t justified.
King David had every reason to feel guilty. It is because he was guilty. He had committed that awful series of sins – adultery and murder – and was dealing with great guilt. It was magnified when God sent His prophet Nathan to confront and correct David. For so long David didn’t honestly face the reality of his sins. In his autobiographical account of those dark days David recorded:
“When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer” (Psalm 32:3-4). (more…)
ILLUSTRATION – Nan and I had our wedding anniversary a few weeks ago, and we bought each other cards. What was interesting was that both of our cards mentioned something about the fact that a wife and a husband are “partners.” We later commented how as we both were picking out the cards that we almost didn’t buy that particular card simply because of the connotation of the word “partner” today. Unfortunately the word “partner” is often used to describe relationships that are something less than the biblical pattern for marriage. But we shouldn’t let the fact that the word is misused and abused when it comes to marriage keep us from celebrating the fact that a man and a woman in a biblical marriage are, indeed, partners. (more…)