Tag: prayer

Unexplainable

Newtown, Aurora, Charleston, San Bernardino, Fort Hood—now, Kalamazoo. It’s surreal to think that next time the president or a pastor laments forlornly over the not-so-little list of American gun tragedies, my hometown could be there. A...

/ February 21, 2016

What I need

Christ. That’s all. I’m trying to trust that. To know that Jesus is all I have or ever will need. It’s hard, but I think it’s true, not just because it is poetic or bold...

/ August 17, 2015

Repent more

I am struck by how infrequently the Church confesses its sins. I am talking to myself here, too. It is easy to confess pride, selfishness, laziness, because these are the kind of sins that make...

/ March 19, 2015

Pray for the young men

For many, justice seems far off today. And with it, the other American dreams: peace, freedom, equality. Some will say they vanished in the night. Some will wonder how they can love their country today....

/ November 25, 2014

‘Have no fear of sudden disaster’

A proverb:   My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will...

/ September 17, 2014

Here at the start

I don’t expect to be in front of a computer this week, but I scheduled a few short posts in hopes of stirring you to thought and prayer. Today’s the day we touch down in...

/ September 13, 2014

Are we praying bad prayers?

Prayer might be the most fundamental act of the Christian life. It is faith. It is communion. It helps us do the other baseline Christian acts – repentance, good works, forgiveness, love. What an amazing...

/ May 5, 2014

How to pray for a revolution

When Egypt gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in January, 2011, I prayed that there would be real change in that country. I prayed that Egyptians would be freed from their bondage beneath the thumb of...

/ February 27, 2014

When prayer becomes gossip

Prayer is our most intimate time with God, and corporate prayer means we’re allowing others into that intimacy. We already know not to abuse prayer. We know when we pray with others, we should be...

/ November 15, 2013

A prayer for Egypt

God, you are the great defender. We pray that your hand of protection would be over Egypt. Grant comfort, that compassion and mercy would overcome any peril. Grant peace, that wherever there is danger or...

/ August 15, 2013