#4 Prayer Journey — Distracted

2022 Countdown of the top four Prayer Journey posts. This post was first published January 31, 2022. The world encroaches on the boundaries that surround me. I feel vulnerable as I take my eyes off you dear Lord and watch the concerns of this world advance closer to me. Worry about today and tomorrow begins […]

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Fighting Back with Prayer

As a follower of Jesus, we need to be aware that we are not just an enemy of Satan. Ephesians 6:10 reminds us that we are a target of the “schemes of the devil (NASB).” We are not just in a one-on-one sword fight with evil, but as believers in Jesus we are the target […]

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The Fruit of a Clean Heart

In Psalm 51, David is expressing a repentant heart after he had “gone in with Bathsheba.” He seeks “a clean heart” and “a steadfast spirit (10, NASB).” David knows what his predecessor Saul experienced after he repeatedly sinned against God. “Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the […]

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Abiding in God Under Pressure

So many words I wanted to say, hurtful words, as he lashed out at me. Yet something inside constrained me. It was just another encounter with him screaming at me, trying to get me to lash out at him. But for some reason I remained calm; for some reason I could see that this man […]

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Fear Touched by God

To come face to face with God, to hear His voice, is to come to terms with His power. In the Old Testament, an encounter with God struck fear and reverence with those who experienced His presence. Yet in the New Testament we have God born into flesh as Jesus, God among us. What was […]

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The Battle is Already Won

In John 16, Jesus is warning his disciples what will happen after he returns to his Father after his death and resurrection. They are words that still resonate for us today. He senses they are upset and confused: “But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart (John 16:6, NASB).” […]

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