How to Pray, Prayer IV

So we’ve talked about our concept of God, believing is seeing, and what to pray for. I find that many people when they ask how to pray are looking for a structure or framework. Matthew 6:9-14 and Luke 11:2-4 are good frameworks or structures for how to pray. I’ve been practicing the ACTS method for so long, I don’t remember …

What Do I Pray For? Part 3

What do I pray for? As I write this I’m reflecting upon the recent dashing of some of my hopes and the recent loss of a friend to cancer who was a young father. So, do I still believe in prayer and intercessory prayer, do I pray for these things? Yes. Just because things don’t turn out the way that …

Consecrated Life or Distracted Life: Did Jesus Lie to Us?

Today’s reading in My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers combined with my daily readings in II Chronicles, Matthew, Psalms, and Proverbs convicted me deeply. To live the consecrated life instead of the distracted life, I must reflect upon Matthew 6:33-34, daily if necessary. Chambers writes for January 26: ‘Did Jesus Christ lie to us? Are we experiencing the “much …

What Would Jesus Do? WWJD?—Wrong Question

  What Would Jesus Do? Concept vs. Relationship What would Jesus do, WWJD? It is a phrase that many use to remind themselves of a better path. The problem with the question is that we can use it to create a theoretical concept that we worship rather than maintaining a relationship with the living Christ. Anna learns early in Food …

The Daniel Fast, Still Not Biblical Fasting

The Daniel Fast – Useful, But Not Same as Biblical Fasting The author of the ‘Daniel Fast’ created a term by linking a name and a word from the Bible. This term, Daniel Fast, misleads readers to think that a dietary choice Daniel made for a period qualified as a fast. The term Daniel Fast further misleads as it dilutes …

What Do I Pray For? Part 2 of Prayer III

What Do I Pray For? What do I pray for? We know from Matthew 7:7, that if we ask, we will receive. We know from Hebrews 11:6, that God rewards those who earnestly seek him. But we also know from James 4:3, God considers motives and substantive prayer provides more than ‘just getting what I want.’ Hebrews 11 provides the …

What Do I Pray For? Part 1 of Prayer III

What do I pray for?  I’ve looked at my concept of God, and I accept that God loves me, wants me to love him, and rewards those who seek him. I’ve discussed belief. Now what do I, or should I pray for? Everything. Yes, pray for everything on my heart, everything that troubles me, everything that causes me anxiety, everything that …

Not The Daniel Fast, but The Daniel Diet

The Daniel Fast or the Daniel Diet? As with the Daniel Fast, there is some confusion about what fasting means. In Food in God’s Place, Robbie makes fun of Anna’s fasting when he says that he fasted from candy bars. Like with Robbie, there seems to be some confusion over fasting. In chapter one of the Book of Daniel, we learn …