Faith to pray: the story of Hannah

I had the opportunity to speak this past weekend at the Upper West Manhattan church of Christ's "Five Guys Lectures," and it allowed me to speak about something I need help with as much as anyone: prayer. The topic was "Faith to Pray," and we talked about Hannah's prayer to God for a son, which … Continue reading Faith to pray: the story of Hannah

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Knowing Jesus: Jesus prayed like someone was listening

Knowing Jesus: Jesus prayed like someone was listening

The phrase "prayer warrior" has come into wide use in the religious world in past years, and while I've never really been that crazy about the term myself, it clearly resonates with people. It's a phrase that seems to me to describe someone who prays regularly and with purpose, convinced that a petition to God will truly bring results. It … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Jesus prayed like someone was listening

What the “prayer-shamers” don’t understand

Our society has made a cottage industry out of complaining about "shaming" things. For every person who finds something objectionable (whether the position is right or wrong), there's someone to accuse that person of "(insert offensive characteristic)-shaming." But what's ironic is that the voices who are usually loudest in this regard now seem to be the people … Continue reading What the “prayer-shamers” don’t understand

How I can be sure God will answer my next prayer?

There's a natural follow-up to last week's blog. We talked about why it sometimes seems like God hasn't answered our prayers - or maybe that the answer to that prayer seemed to be no for a number of reasons that are discussed in scripture. So that leads us to ask: How do I pray prayers … Continue reading How I can be sure God will answer my next prayer?

What if you knew God would answer your next prayer?

I suspect that if we took a poll of Christians around the world and asked them if they were satisfied with their prayer life, the substantial majority would say they were not. Prayer isn't always second nature to us, and I often have to remind myself to pray when situations arise where I need help, or … Continue reading What if you knew God would answer your next prayer?