Prayer and the Oil of Joy

No-one has more reasons to be glad than the followers of Jesus. Rejoicing in the Lord is not a bubbly feeling or good mood; it’s a response to what the Lord says is true. We choose to step into his constant celebration of who he is. I have no idea what the Father’s...

Venture beyond the shoreline

Our prayer license carries the signature of Christ and we honour him by growing in it. Packing away the prayer license for any reason – choosing to no longer pray – is uncommon. Less uncommon is the habit of under-using it. Under-use could refer to too little prayer,...

Unless TRUST is anchored

Asking and answers are part of the prayer life norm. Use of our ask-license honours the Father, and he enjoys answering. Sometimes, however, the prayer mystery includes ’no answer’. The celebration of a dozen answers can be forgotten in the disappointment of one major...

Dealing with disappointment of unanswered prayers

I’m sure we would find facing a crisis easier if we had a 100% guarantee that, when we prayed, God’s help would come immediately. But I doubt that any of us would want to depend on a God who disabled his perfect wisdom, and gave us full control rights over his power...

Sometimes puzzling, never pointless

A man is planning to sue his parents for giving birth to him without his consent. Yes, really! He believes birth has zero value and “human existence is totally pointless”.* The report took me back to an encounter with the Lord during a not-so-ordinary coffee date. On...