Pray for Success in Dealing with Temptation

“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (Matthew 6:13).” These words come from the model prayer Jesus taught His disciples. More importantly, these words underscore our need for God’s help in dealing with temptations. According to the Bible, every Christian is a new creation. We have been born again from above. The Holy Spirit […]

Prayer Will Stay the Works of the Devil

The Bible calls the devil our enemy. He goes about seeking whom he can devour (1 Peter 5:8). We must not be passive toward his campaign against us. We can and we must contend with him. And prayer is one of the most potent weapons we have against the works of the devil. Our model […]

Prayer is Essential to Knowing the Will of God

We don’t intuitively know the will of God. We have the Bible as our primary way of knowing His will for our life. But the Bible can’t fully reveal God’s will about every aspect of our life. Some things we must pray to God about and know how to hear from Him. That’s one of […]

A Place for Meeting God

This blog post comprises the words of devotion #59 of my new book, “Transforming Moments with God”: We should safeguard our prayer time and our time of studying the Word of God. Through these, we experience intimate fellowship with God. This time of communing with Him should occur every day because that’s how often we […]

Reasons Our Prayers Go Unanswered

There is nothing commendable about saying that you pray several times a day, or that you pray an hour every day, if your prayers are not being answered. Prayer is not a religious exercise. It is our main way of communicating with God. And a main objective of prayer is for God to hear us […]

Persistence in Prayer Pays Off

To emphasize the importance of persistence in prayer, Jesus taught a parable to the intent that “men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). Why did He teach a parable with that objective? Because at times we have a tendency to do exactly the opposite; that is, we quit praying and become […]

Let’s Enlarge Our “Prayer Territory”

We need to enlarge our prayer territory because our prayer life should never be just about us. Consider these words found in the book of James: “You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:3). Based on this verse, one of the reasons we sometimes […]

"My House Shall be Called the House of Prayer"

“It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer,” Jesus said concerning the church (Matthew 21:13). He was quoting from the Book of Isaiah where this was written.  But how often do we hear people refer to the house of God as the house of prayer? Not very often. My observation has […]

Thy Will Be Done in Earth As It Is in Heaven

The model prayer Jesus taught His disciples includes the following words: “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). So what does that mean?   The obvious meaning is that Jesus was talking about the future when the physical Kingdom of God will be established on earth. […]

Your Prayers Should Not Be All About You

Think about your prayers to God.  Are they all about you? That is, do you spend all of your time talking to God about what you want or need? OK, maybe not all of your time, but do you spend most of your time talking to God about you? I submit that a much more […]