A Delight to God

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. (Proverbs 15:8) Have you ever made someone else supremely happy? Wasn’t that a fun experience? Didn’t it fill your heart with joy when you saw how delighted they were? Perhaps it was at Christmas, or […]

I Will Pray with the Spirit

John Bunyan’s excellent little book on prayer is still helpful and relevant to us today. Forged in the fires of persecution for his faith, Bunyan’s work clears away the clutter and helps the reader understand the practice of prevailing prayer. Most well known for his book, “Pilgrim’s Progress,” Bunyan was a prolific writer and preacher. […]

God’s Answer May Be Different

When you are suffering, is it wrong to ask for a little relief? Consider these words, written by the Apostle Paul: And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should […]

Holding the Ropes

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. (Colossians 4:2-4) In your mind’s eye, […]

A Fountain for Faithful Prayer

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving (Colossians 4:2) Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18) How are we supposed to “continue in prayer;” to “pray without ceasing?” These commands (and they are commands) come with help […]

Don’t Quit

“And He spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint“ (Luke 18:1) On October 29, 1941 Winston Churchill stood before the students at Harrow School, where he had once been a student. As part of his remarks, he said, “Never give in, never give in, […]

All My Fears

O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:3-4) David had made a big mistake. Yes, he had been in danger, and yes, it seemed like the right thing to do at the time. But […]