Archive for the ‘Prayer’ Category

Put in Some Prayer

Helpful reminder from Charles Spurgeon and C.J. Mahaney…

I came across a quote by Mr. Spurgeon recently where he said, “I always feel it well just to put in a few words of prayer between everything I do.” That is seriously helpful counsel, because too often I don’t put in just a few words of prayer. I move from one meeting to the next meeting, and cares are accumulating in my soul because I am not stopping at a certain point to “put in a few words of prayer.” Read more…

Categories: Prayer, Quotes

Update on My Brother’s Knee

January 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Thanks for the prayers! Jeff has seen a couple doctors and they are pretty sure he damaged the ACL, but, amazingly it sounds like it is not uncommon for people to keep playing with this kind of injury. Jeff is encouraged that he’ll be able to finish off his senior year and he’ll be looking into surgery in the off season. Thanks again for the prayers.

Categories: Bethel Hockey, Prayer

Prayer Request

January 22, 2008 2 comments

Would you please say a prayer for my brother Jeff? He was hit in his hockey game tonight and thinks he might have torn his ACL. This would be a season ending, college career ending injury. He is planning to have an MRI tomorrow. Please pray for nothing more than a sprain.


Before getting hurt he had 2 goals and 2 assists….breaking 100 points for his college career….

Categories: Prayer

"So Much" – A Poem

August 12, 2007 2 comments

This poem came to me during worship at church today.

So much
So much of you, I don’t know
So much I have, I don’t deserve
So much I want, I don’t need
So much I owe, I can’t repay
So much I hate, I can’t stop doing
So much

Categories: Poetry, Prayer

Prayer Thoughts

Why does God command us to pray for the well-being of others? If he has already purposed to heal them (or not to) our prayers make no difference. Or do they? Does my prayer (or lack thereof) somehow force God’s hand? Like…God wanted to heal “Jim” from his cancer, but since I didn’t pray everyday for a month, God was forced to alter his plan and let Jim die. Or, does prayer somehow put up resistance to the work of evil so that God has more freedom to do what he wants?

Prayer is a mysterious thing when we use it to try and manipulate or force God to act. The Bible seems to teach that a) Prayer influences God to act; b) God does what he wants in all circumstances. Maybe, then, prayer, in regards to prayers for others, is more about us feeling empathy and compassion for people, and it is an act of slowing down and putting someone else in the center of the universe for a change.

Categories: Prayer

Knock, Knock

Knock, knock. Another door to knock on. Another one that seems promising. I guess we’ll see.

But I don’t want it if God doesn’t want it for me. I’d rather get denied 100 times than get a job that God doesn’t have for me. So my prayer is that he is in the details of this one and that some good my come of it so that my family and I can settle down into a bit more steady frame of mind.

Amazing how uncertainty and anxiety makes us pray. Maybe God brings some waves into the waters of our lives simply to cause us to speak with him. Maybe. I’ll have to ask him someday.

Categories: Jobs, Life, Prayer

Answered Prayer

Stephanie and I try to model prayer for the kids whenever we can. Stephanie is especially good at stopping an activity and instructing the kids to pray about ‘this’ or ‘that’ throughout their day. I thought I would borrow a play from her play book tonight.

As I was buckling the kids into their car seats after some shopping at Cub Food tonight I noticed a man having trouble starting his car. Sounded like a bad starter. So I stopped what I was doing and I asked the kids to pray for the man and ask God to start the car so the man could get home. And I kid you not – before they were even done praying the car started! How awesome is that! Jacob happily remarked, “God helped him!”

And I believe that he did. God heard our prayer and he responded. For my kids. And for me.