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Good Friday Meditation

They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if…

Pray for Workers

Today is the last day of prayer for the week, and I want us to focus on something very specific that Jesus told his disciples to pray: ask for workers for the harvest.  Here is the passage from Matthew 9:36-38 (ESV):  “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every…

Prayer and God’s Goodness

Would you ask for help from a person that you knew disliked you?  Or would you ask for money from someone you knew to be wealthy but stingy and hard hearted?  No, we most likely would not and would instead look for someone who did like us or who was wealthy and generous. Similarly, what we believe about God, deep down in our hearts, not just in our minds, has an impact in…

Praying the Will of God

Have you ever been in a situation where you wonder what you should pray?  I think we all have.  Praise God Jesus gives us excellent instruction in the Lord’s prayer:  “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.  When it is not apparent to us what God’s will is, we can simply pray this prayer:  “Father, please let Your…

Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020 Have you ever had the thought, “if you really knew everything about me you wouldn’t like me”?  I think most of us have.  Humor writer Dave Barry admitted this in a recent book saying he uses humor to “wrap myself in a protective barrier…because I fear that if they did know me they wouldn’t like me, because deep down inside I am still the…

Day 10 of 10 Days

Last night I joined the prayer service at the Melrose House of Prayer, and a good friend of mine, Pastor Sam Acevedo, preached on this verse:  “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer…” (Romans 12:12, NIV).  You can guess which phrase he focused on–be faithful in prayer.  He actually was really on fire at the end and led us in…

Day 9 of 10 Days

Today I recommend that you read the prayer of Daniel chapter 9 where Daniel prays asking God’s forgiveness and restoration of His people from exile.  Please note that, as we saw in Nehemiah chapter 1, Daniel identifies himself with his people even though he is a righteous man.  Here is the beginning of his prayer:“Lord, the great and awesome…

Day 8 of 10 Days

Jesus taught his disciples the parable of the persistent widow bothering the unjust judge until he gave in with this in mind:  “that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart” (Luke 18:1, NASB).  I want to encourage us today with one way to pray and not to lose heart: giving thanks and praise to God. In Psalm 69, David is writing out of his…

Day 7 of 10 Days

I have a wonderful example of putting into practice what I have been writing about the past week for 10 Days.  A friend requested prayer to be more Christlike and not to judge some believers who were acting in a fleshly way, and then prayed this: “I think how can they call themselves Christians and do those things; then I think, how can I call myself a Christian…

Day 6 of 10 Days

As we seek the Lord and greater humility, let’s take one more look at Luke chapter 6, verses 36-38 (NIV):”Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.  Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.  Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together…