Pastor Craig Groeschel was giving a talk at a youth camp. There was one boy who was clearly just not into it. As Craig talked, he sat there disinterested, hands in his pockets, slumped over, even looking angry. Afterwards, the young man revealed some struggles in his life. Craig asked if he could pray for … Continue reading God is on me!
Talking to God is one thing. But what about listening? What if God was trying to communicate with you but you just weren't paying attention...
Susanna Wesley lived a few hundred years ago. She gave birth to 19 children. 10 survived infancy. To say she was busy is an understatement. Plus, she had a difficult life—marital troubles, financial hardship, and illness were frequent visitors. And that’s not to mention the pain and difficulty of coping with the death of 9 … Continue reading Giving troubles over
Many Christians end their prayers something like this: “In Jesus’ name, Amen.” The origins of that practice trace back to a few different Bible passages, but one of them is Jesus’ own words in John 14:14 where he said, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” But just … Continue reading At the start, not the end
The more you study prayer—and the more you pray—the more you realize there's a lot to know. It can actually be intimidating. So I came up with a saying to help keep my brain on the right track: Pray consistently, whole-heartedly, and expectantly in Jesus’ name. [I walk through this statement step-by-step in my podcast … Continue reading Out loud
This week I’m sharing some thoughts about prayer. Like oxygen, prayer is a life-giving necessity for a vibrant spiritual life. Yesterday, I talked about how motives matter. Today, let’s talk about CONSISTENCY. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Paul says to “pray without ceasing.” But if you’re like a lot of people, there’s more ceasing than there … Continue reading Get consistent
You know a lot about your own body—probably more than anyone else (except God). But you probably don’t know this: -That there is an average of 7 octillion atoms in an adult’s body -That half the population has eyelash mites (yikes) -That every tongue print is unique In other words, you know your body well—but … Continue reading Motives matter
There are certain moments in life when time seems to stand still. It’s when something really significant is happening and the usual routine of daily life is disrupted. One of these times is the birth of a child. Another is the death of someone we deeply care about. And I think that Christmas is one of those times … Continue reading Open me
The word “holiday” comes from the phrase “holy day.” The idea with holy days is that they're set apart from the normal hustle and bustle of everyday life to help us celebrate, focus on, and learn from something godly and exceptional. Christmas is a holy day. But when we treat it as a “holiday” it doesn’t … Continue reading Turn holidays into holy days with this prayer
Potential employees of the government need to answer a series of questions before they can be hired. One of the questions that used to be asked was this: “Do you think you are a special agent of God?” As you can imagine, it was designed to weed out potential “crazies” from the civil service. I … Continue reading Special Agent… You?