If we stop looking to God, our needs are not going away. We will, we shall, look to someone or something. That one or thing is necessarily an idol. Even though our heavenly Father already knows everything about us, here’s why we still need to turn to him in prayer.Read More
In more than ten years of vocational ministry, there is one thing I’m most concerned about with regard to Christian men. It’s not feminization. It’s not acting like boys rather than men. It’s so much more threatening than all of that. Where has all the growth in godly disciplines gone?
The busier life gets, the more tired we are, and yet the harder it is to get good rest! Psalm 127 gives us much needed wisdom for getting a good night’s sleep.Read More
We don’t always need something new. What are the ordinary means of grace God has given to us in Christ to feed and nourish our faith, and why do we need them?Read More
Even with something as “safe” as the Lord’s Prayer, we need to think, “Can we do this?” And if so, “Why should we do it?” Here are three reasons why we should say the Lord’s Prayer in our church services.Read More
In 1985 I saw a crowd taking photos of the Mona Lisa with their 35mm cameras. In 2018 I noticed a big change. The crowd was taking photos of themselves in front of the Mona Lisa with their backs to Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece. Admire the selfie-artiste, who is gorgeous and cultured. Jesus exposes, challenges, and disintegrates this selfishness with the first petition of the Lord’s Prayer.Read More
The struggle to pray is common to believers. I have not often heard people to say, “I just could not bring myself to eat for weeks at a time.” Yet, I have heard Christians to say such things about prayer. Why is prayer as vitally important to the Christian life as eating is to bodily life?Read More
God is the author of 2019, and he has planned the coming year down to the minutest detail, all with the goal of his glory and our good. So when it comes to facing the new and unexpected, the best and greatest thing we can do is pray.Read More
The single most pressing question I hear is: “How can I know God’s will?” Who knows how many books have been written (and that will be written) to try to answer this question? The good news is that the secret of knowing God’s will is right in front of us.Read More
I’m quick to take my needs to Christ in prayer but almost as equally quick to forget to thank him for the blessings in my life. It shouldn’t take a health scare or an avoided accident to awaken me from my stupor to recognize God’s providential care every moment of my life. Here’s why our hearts should overflow with thanksgiving any time we bow our heads in prayer.Read More
It’s wonderful to hear Christians say, “I need more meaningful fellowship in my life.” It means they are tired of the same superficiality to which they have become so accustomed. The Spirit in them is prodding them toward what they really do need.Read More
Are you spiritually “asleep at the wheel” when it comes to your sin? If we don’t pay careful attention to our conduct, we can grow accustomed to certain patterns of behavior and fail to recognize those thoughts and actions that, while seemingly mundane to us, actually transgress God’s law.Read More
If you’re like most people, you have wondered why God seems silent at times when you have prayed to him about something. Here are six things every person needs to know about unanswered prayer.
It is encouraging to know that we are not the first of Jesus’ disciples to want to know how to pray. It is even more encouraging to know that the Lord himself has given us a straightforward answer. What can we learn from the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 regarding how we should pray?Read More
It is vital—a matter of life and death—to understand Satan’s strategies and, specifically, the ways he will tempt us to sin. Scripture gives us crucial intel of our enemy’s strategies and the content of his arsenal. Be on guard against these 17 custom-made temptations—crafted just for you.Read More
When saying the Lord’s Prayer, it can be easy to take for granted the significance of the first line. Here are two truly amazing aspects of prayer every Christian should always remember.Read More
The moment I mention the word meditation, you may be immediately drawn to images of people sitting in the Lotus Position. It’s not an exaggeration that biblical meditation is almost completely antithetical to Eastern meditation. Here’s why biblical meditation is an essential part of a Christian’s worship.Read More
Bedtime routines usually bring to mind a bedtime story and cuddling with a stuffed animal, but they aren’t only for kids. With all the responsibilities of daily life, adults can find themselves more stressed in the evening than at any other time during the day. Here are three easy ways to create a soothing routine at bedtime so you can get the sleep you need.