Presence & plainclothes priests

The apostle Peter captures this dual truth for us in two verses: we are the Lord’s spiritual house AND his holy priesthood 1 Pt 2:4-5. It’s his residing presence in us by his Spirit that gives our priestly lifestyle its intimacy (close-up knowing of him) and urgency...

Make the most of the view

Try to imagine our sensory experience after we’ve been “raised in glory” . While the images might be exciting, they are probably small and bland compared to what is actually waiting for us. If the glory of the Eternal Day exposure to Jesus was shown to us now, the...

Right seeing, restful heart

Years ago Sandra and I were at a retreat center in Malaysia for a conference. Each morning a visitor would sit outside the glass doors of the prayer room and listen to the praying. We greeted him, tried to make conversation, but got zero response. We later learned...

Beyond the Christmas shake

It was Christmas season and the prayer meeting in a friend’s home was about to start. But I was distracted. A picture had popped up on my mental screen: an ornament, a small glass ball containing a snowy landscape. When the ball was shaken, the white stuff swirled up...

More on the satisfying prayer meeting

The previous blog (What makes a satisfying prayer meeting?) touched on the importance of AGREEING with the Lord together. It’s much easier to grow agreement with each other in a prayer group when all present put high value on lining up with the Lord’s thoughts on...