TheDaveYoung / January 26, 2016
How many times have you been a part of this scenario? The service starts promptly on time (or not) (and sometimes after a five minute countdown on the big screen)! The choir sings. A song is sung while everyone stands. A greeting is made. A prayer is said. Another song (or two ) is sung. An offering is received. Somewhere in there a list of announcements are given. A special song is presented. A sermon is preached. An invitation is given. Another prayer is said and “you are dismissed.” I have been a part of this several times weekly for most of my life! I am sure many of you have too.
TheDaveYoung / January 21, 2016
Luke 11 is a passage that deserves our careful consideration. Most of us know it as the “Lord, teach us to pray” passage where Jesus spoke the words that we commonly call “The Lord’s Prayer.” It is a wealth of information, instruction, and encouragement, and I have greatly profited from studying it. There is a word Jesus used in this passage that I think is especially worthy of our consideration. The word is importunity. It involves “relentlessness.” It can include “begging.” It is an important word.
TheDaveYoung / January 16, 2016
One of the greatest truths of the Bible is that God hears and answers prayers. Do you believe that? I am confident that you do, and yet, isn’t it strange that with so many promises from God about prayer, so few actually have prayer lives and so few actually really pray. So how can you and I actually have a genuine prayer life that sounds like James 5:16: “The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”? May I offer these suggestions.
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