What is the Main Thing?

Many in ministry, place preaching, teaching, or ministry activity at the heart of their endeavors. We are an action-oriented culture. So we see prayer as the means by which we gain spiritual strength to do ministry. We pray to invite God’s blessing on our actions and to secure his favor. We have it backwards. Ministry…

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Jesus Came to the Earth to Pray

We think Jesus came to the earth to preach, to teach, to heal and minister, and to die for our sins. Actually, he came to the earth to pray. He came to die praying for all of mankind, for their reconciliation and forgiveness. It was not simply the death of Christ that saved us, but…

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His Goal is Transformation

We often see prayer as a transaction with God. We make a request of Him and hope for an answer. We talk with God and wait for his reply. We give money and hope for a financial windfall. We exercise faith and believe for a breakthrough. We ask humbly for forgiveness and anticipate mercy. We…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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