Stirred up, but still resting

Bad happening can jolt us out of rest. But good things, even prayer things, can also draw us from rest. It’s possible to be stirred up in prayer, yet step out of rest. We want to pray with feeling, to be pray-ers who are stirred by what stirs God, but can we do that...

RESTING has authority

REST isn’t a bonus add-on, a reward for strong faith or prize for repelling unrest. It’s a free gift embedded in our relationship with Christ and is as perfect and permanent as the nature of the Giver. Of course, our actual experience of that rest is less than perfect...

NEW thing & COUNTER thing

How many Buddhists are there in the world? It depends on who is counting. Some cast the net wide to include all streams and forms of Buddhism, and arrive at 1.6 billion. In China, for example, many embrace a folk religion that includes aspects of Buddhism, Taoism...

Asking God for a NEW THING

Habakkuk is a herald of coming disaster. The Babylonian invasion of Judah would bring death, desolation and captivity. Jerusalem would be ravaged and its temple ruined. He is in lament mode and has reason to be. But the prophet’s complaints and questions (chap 1-2)...

When change starts in the one asking

Jesus’ disciples were attracted to his prayer life, so they asked him to coach them. He started immediately, and in lesson one put the Kingdom at the top of the wants list (Luke 11:1). Admiration prayers are a priority, but they must overflow into missional praying:...