Matt’s eyes remained fixed on me. I felt my face flush slightly, and a series of justifications raced through my mind.
I had given years to catalyzing spiritual vitality in my ministry vocation. I counseled and pastored people every day. Why was he singling me out?
But Matt wouldn’t let me off the hook until I answered his question. “Del, when and how long do you pray?”
I had never been asked that pointed of a question related to prayer. Bible study, small groups, moral accountability, church attendance, service—all had been emphasized. But a life of prayer ...
As a high school student in Wheaton, Illinois, in the mid-60s, I knew of the president of Wheaton College, V. Raymond Edman, who had been in that role since 1941. I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Edman preach on occasion and was touched by his genuineness and humility. I also was impressed with the beauty of the newly built chapel on campus, named after him to honor his long and successful career there.
But I didn’t know until very recently what Paul Harvey might call “the rest of the story” concerning Dr. Edman’s life. About a month ...
One of the most pathetic figures in the Bible is King Solomon. His life, begun with incredible promise, ended with incredible grief. Overwhelmingly blessed on the outside, his soul increasingly languished.
I believe there is a lesson in Solomon’s life for American Christians that I pray we heed. Consider how much God favored this man:
- We are told of the newborn Solomon, “Because the LORD loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah,” which means “loved by the Lord” (2 Samuel 12:25 NIV).
- Of all David’s sons, God chose Solomon, the son ...
If left to ourselves, our most common motivations are selfish. We generally want what we want for us.
Only Christ’s redemption changes our passions. But even as His followers, we can slip into self-centered desires.
We find ourselves on the best ground when we are lifted higher ... when God purifies our motives to the point that we are not living for our interests but for His ... when our praying is in sync with His heart.
When the nation of Israel was under siege by her enemies, the psalmist pled with God to intervene, but notice why he ...
In their book Prayer Altars: A Strategy That Is Changing Nations, authors John Mulinde and Mark Daniel recount God’s amazing work in Mulinde’s nation of Uganda. They tell how believers there, faced with great persecution and an out-of-control AIDS epidemic, invited the presence of Christ and pushed back evil in their land through building altars of prayer.
Recalling times when Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, Solomon, Elijah, and others built altars to the Lord, the book encourages us to do a similar thing in our day—to create spaces in our world to worship God and seek His presence ...
One of the greatest struggles of the Christian life is the challenge to develop an undivided heart.
We come to Christ for salvation because our hearts have served others gods, and the results have been disastrous. We need what God and God alone can provide.
In the Beginning
In the infant days of our salvation, we bask in our new Lord. We turn to Him incessantly and rely on Him exclusively.
But Satan is enraged at this affection. His great goal is to lure us away.
He comes in a variety of forms and temptations, just as he did to ...
Last week, we read how the newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Ronnie Floyd, is calling all those associated with his large denomination to seek, through prayer and action, another Great Awakening in America.
Today, we want to highlight two other calls for extraordinary prayer for revival and spiritual awakening from ministries we partner with.
Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., has their annual Call2Fall event. As they describe it on their website, “The Call2Fall is nothing fancy. No slick program. No big production. Just setting aside a definite time during worship on June 29, 2014, when ...
Ronnie Floyd, newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, began his tenure calling on our nation’s largest Protestant denomination to set their sights on next year’s convention in Columbus, Ohio, to be a platform for “extraordinary prayer,” seeking God for another Great Awakening in America.
Let’s lift up Ronnie and his team in prayer, that they will have the necessary courage, wisdom, and love as they promote what our nation so desperately needs. Pray, too, that the leadership of other denominations and independent churches will join this call for a mighty move of God in our ...
All around us we see the moral and spiritual destruction of our nation. It seems the enemy has free reign and is making great advances against the primary foundations of our society.
If we are not careful, believers may feel the situation is hopeless, that there is nothing God can do. But that wrong assessment leads to fear, and we are to be people of faith.
Our faith is not a mindless belief, but a confidence based on the realities of God and the promises of His Word.
God’s Present Help
“God is our refuge and strength, a very ...
It’s tempting to be really frustrated watching the seemingly endless gridlock among our nation’s leaders in Washington. But we must remember that, ultimately, government reflects culture, and American culture itself is quite divided.
A big reason for this is that the largely Christian consensus of fifty years ago has been replaced with a polarization whose roots run far deeper than political.
“But how can this be in our ‘Christian’ nation?” you ask. Apparently, we need to reexamine just how Christian we actually are today.
Evangelicals in America Today
According to the best statistics, described by such books as ...