The Middle Man

Ultimately, God wants to move us to the middle. He wants to bless us, but more importantly, He wants to use us as a channel of blessing. He wants us in the uncomfortable, strategic, critical middle. At times, others are called to the middle, as intercessors for us, and we are allowed to slip to…

Selfish Prayer

Much of prayer places us on “the end” of some blessing sought from God. It is never wrong to ask God to assist with personal needs, direction, protection, favor, healing – or any need. He is even concerned about the desires of our heart (Psalms 37:4). And yet, if we use prayer only as a…

Our Blessing God

The Scripture speaks of our blessing God, “I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons” (Psa. 16:7). When we say that we ‘bless the Lord,’ what is meant by that? In truth, we can add nothing to God. Only God can bestow a blessing.…

Kneeling in Prayer

The etymological root of the word bless in the Old Testament is, to kneel! The implications of the idea are explosive. In northern Europe, inside one of the great cathedrals, there is a triptych of paintings depicting prayer. The first portrays a marketplace scene full of hurried activity, merchants selling and shoppers bartering. The second…

The Definition of a Christian

Here is an interesting fact. Christian is the idiom we use most frequently for Christ-followers, but that term ‘Christian’ occurs in Scripture only three times! (Acts 11:26; 26:28; I Peter 4:16) Only three times – and it is not a term of endearment, but of derision, the name no one wanted to be identified by,…

The Pursuing Jesus

On the day of the resurrection, two unnamed disciples were on the road to Emmaus, walking away from Jerusalem. Some suggest that this was the brother of Joseph, Clopas, the uncle of Jesus, and his wife. What a poignant idea! They had been in the city during the ghastly hours of the crucifixion. They had…

The Quest for God

The gospel of John essentially begins and ends with the same question. It is the premier question, and it is at the heart of prayer, “What are you looking for?” (John 1:38; 20:15) Early in the gospel narrative, this is the question posed by Jesus to two of John the Baptist’s disciples. Then, after His…