Tag Archives: prayer

Why Is There Prayer, Anyway?

“You do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2).

Ever ask yourself this question:  Why prayer?  If God is sovereign, totally in charge, and He knows all things and can do anything, then why require prayer of us?  Well, there are many answers to this question.  And we do not have time to go into an extensive study of prayer.  Suffice it to say that prayer is His plan.  God has ordained that prayer is the means by which He chooses to work on this earth. Continue reading

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Only Him

Let me ask you a question.  What is the primary thing about prayer?  What is prayer in its highest form?  What is prayer really all about at its core?  It is simply this: To encounter God, to love Him and to spend time with Him.  As with everything else in the Christian life, prayer is all about relationship.  Ultimately, prayer is all about HIM. Continue reading

Prayer is War!

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” – Luke 10:19

According to the Bible, we are engaged in constant spiritual struggle.  Many are not aware of this reality.  But it is true nonetheless.  And our enemy is powerful.  That enemy is not our spouse, our boss, our children, or our neighbor.  It is the Devil himself, and the hosts of his kingdom.  The Scriptures teach us that we are not fighting against human agencies, but “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).  In this verse Paul describes the hierarchy of Satan’s armies.  Ever wonder why the spiritual life is so difficult?  Why is prayer so hard?  You have the forces of darkness fighting against you. Continue reading

Pray!

On this site I have often addressed current trends in our culture.  Reviewing many of them presents a rather bleak picture of our society.  Morally and spiritually America is on the skids, it seems.  Is there any hope at all?  Yes.  We still have hope that God can send another Great Awakening to this land.  He has done it before, several times.  He can do it again.  The key to such an awakening is for the church to humble itself before God and enter into a season of fervent prayer.  Prayer is the key.  Recently I was part of a three week prayer effort in my local church.  As part of this effort, I prepared a series of devotional reflections about the importance of prayer.  Many of these offered practical instruction on how to pray more effectively.  If you would like a copy of this 21 Days of Prayer then you can download it from here.  Just click on 21 Days of Prayer.

Prayer Requests from the Twilight Zone

It was undoubtedly the oddest prayer request I have ever received. This was many years ago when Sue, my wife, and I were still living in Richmond. There was a lady in our church named Maya. She was married to Carlos. Maya had only been a Christian for a few years, coming to faith in a service in our local church. Maya came from a pretty rough background, but she was serious about serving the Lord. She sought Him diligently. Continue reading