This prayer is inspired by John and Paul Sandford's (now deceased) writings on this subject. Their contention is that we invite certain treatment upon ourselves because of our negative expectations of how we will be treated. We see biblical support for this in Deuteronomy when the Israelites continually disbelieved in God's goodness and faithfulness and … Continue reading A Prayer to Help Break Fearful Expectations
I think temptation is something that we all struggle with. I know I do anyways, so I thought that I would write this prayer for those who do struggle with temptation. Prayer Against Temptation Lord Jesus Christ, for forty days you suffered temptations in the wilderness by the Devil and you emerged without yielding. Lord … Continue reading Struggling with Temptation? I Wrote a Prayer to Help You
As Christians we are not selfish in asking others to pray for us nor should we feel that we are imposing upon our brothers and sisters in Christ to ask them to pray for us. Our triumphs are their triumphs and when we prosper the whole body of Christ prospers, therefore when we ask others … Continue reading If You Need Help (Prayers) Then Ask!
As Christians we should be aware that there are certain spiritual realities that may affect the efficacy of our works. One of these is unbelief, and I do not mean our own but that of others. The unbelief of others hampers our spiritual gifts. Even the Lord Jesus Christ was subject to this spiritual reality. … Continue reading Minding Our Spiritual Atmosphere
One thing I have found lacking in the Church in my experience is the desire among the brethren for spiritual gifts. We are commanded by Paul to earnestly desire the gifts of the Spirit and so we should do so (1 Corinthians 14:1). The exercising of gifts was frequently used throughout the Book of Acts … Continue reading It’s Okay (even Encouraged!) to Want to Receive Gifts – It just Depends on What Kind…
I oftentimes find that my mind wants to go in a lot of different directions and distracting thoughts can threaten to interfere with my prayers and my life in general. I like to think of the mind as a city, it has citizens (thoughts, feelings, emotions) that all must work together in consultation with the … Continue reading A Prayer for the Mind
Please find the second part of my notes on Ephesians below. Notes on the Book of Ephesians - Chapters 4-6 We should be humble, gentle and patient, bearing with our brothers in love to maintain unity in the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:2-3). The "Unity" Proclamation: "There is one body and one Spirit...one Lord, one faith, … Continue reading Notes on the Book of Ephesians – Part 2 – Chapters 4-6