Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

Remember: Prayer is Approaching the Throne of God

If prayer is entering into the presence of God, it is grounded in our relationship with Him. But many people find it hard to pray and when asked why, the most voiced excuse is, “I don’t know how.” The words themselves state a lack of knowledge, but beneath the words there’s an underlying emotion...
March 18th, 2014 | Religion | Read More

Let Us Pray: The Struggles of ‘Ineffective’ Prayers

Living in a world where typhoons kill thousands and tornadoes level neighborhoods, we often ask why we pray. In the midst of our frustration, there has to be a better justification than “prayer works”, and the answer must be more than just “Scripture says we should pray”. God gives us reasons...
December 2nd, 2013 | Religion | Read More

“As We Also Have Forgiven Our Debtors:” The Power and Necessity of Forgiveness

We’ve all been there: someone makes a rude comment to or about us; we are treated unfairly; we are abused, dismissed, or made the target. On some level, we all know how it feels to be mistreated and to suffer injustice. At first, the feelings we experience are surprise and shock, but if left to...
October 21st, 2013 | Religion | Read More

Pray Like You (Don’t) Mean It: On Genuine Prayer

When the human hands off her wish or hope or desire to God, what is the action taking place? How does prayer happen? The kneeling murderer suffers through an attempt at prayer. Repentant yet addicted, he bows and shouts and almost hopes. As he prays, he notices he must adjust his brother’s royal...
June 10th, 2013 | Religion | Read More

Force Yourself: Why Spirituality Sometimes Sucks

When I was younger, I used to wonder why all of the best-tasting foods are usually the worst for you. Why can’t ice cream and chocolate and burgers be good for me? Or at the very least, why can’t I have cravings for fruits and vegetables?  My husband shared an interesting insight in a...
February 7th, 2013 | Religion | Read More

A Strange Prayer

For a long time now, a close friend of mine has been content to call himself agnostic. We don’t talk about it often, but we did a couple weeks ago. I had a long conversation with him via Facebook, going back and forth on various things. Nothing seemed to sink in: It seemed as though we ended the...
October 11th, 2012 | Friendship, Religion, The Gospel | Read More