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High Places

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Matthew 23:37 The Lord’s hand is not shortened. He is not blind or deaf. He can reach me, see me, hear me. He is all things – provider, redeemer, healer. I separate myself. “I want, I think, I feel”. God excluded. I think…

The Shepherd’s Voice

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” –Jesus, John 10:27 It seemed like a good idea - friends cheered me on. I was ten and agreed to walk my neighbor’s giant dog. The neighborhood fraternity wanted to go roller skating – right that second. “Just put your skates on….he can pull you.” A plan destined for disaster. Within minutes I was cruising down the blacktop – until the dog saw a squirrel. He went…

Love Wins

Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did. 1 John 2:6 “Please Lord…please save her. She’s not ready to go; I’m not ready for her to go. You are the great physician – You can do all things…please heal my friend.” These are words I prayed ten years ago for a dear friend who was dying of cancer. The friend who loved and prayed for everyone. The one I turned to when life went left instead of…

Temporary Trouble

And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: “Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord, and I will add fifteen years to your life.” 2 Kings 20:4-5 Prayer…

Kicking Goads

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11 ESV I confess, I can be a bit of a goad kicker - a rebellious, malcontent, goad kicker. Gratitude is not always my natural state. “Why this?” “Why me?” “Why now?” I strive. I don’t like my circumstances and want control over life - in my head, it’s all worked out - God just needs to go along with my plan. Except…He often doesn’t.…

God Doesn’t Always Answer Prayer the Way I Want

People ask, “Why didn’t God heal my friend of cancer?” “How can God allow my home to go into foreclosure?” “Why would God not allow me to have a baby?” I don’t know why - I won’t pretend I get it. When someone tries to wrap my pain, my loss in Christian wrapping paper and place a perfect, scripture bow on top, it doesn’t help - it makes me feel alone. I reached out to you, confessed my difficulty and…