My wife and I have been together a long time, even before we got married I think we had been dating for 5-6 years! In the early days, when I was in the long process of winning her heart - I would make every effort to talk with her! Back in the day MSN messenger … Continue reading All night!
My wife recently asked me which was the best Christmas present I got in 2021. The answer is Spurgeon’s Treasury of David. It is a three book commentary set on the Psalms written by Charles Spurgeon. In this post I want to explain why I love this set so much and then outline how I … Continue reading Spurgeon’s Treasury of David
When I was a new Christian in my early teens, one of the main arenas of discipleship and spiritual growth for me was the act of worship. I learnt how to play the guitar so that I could play worship songs. I had singing lessons so I could lead worship in church. In my own … Continue reading Established in Prayer
Excuse the number orientated blog post title! The best way to learn how to pray, is by praying. Plain and simple. I find it off-putting when Christians make prayer a complex ritual, that needs countless hours of study and expertise in order to get right. When Jesus was asked 'how to pray', He gave a … Continue reading 3 Prayer Tools for 2021
I stumbled across the following prayer from Genesis 32:9-12 last week, where Jacob is talking to God about a family reunion his is dreading with his older brother Esau. For those who don't know, when the two brothers were younger, Jacob tricked Esau out of his birthright as a firstborn son. Later on, Jacob would … Continue reading Praying like Jacob
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. These are the simple words of James 5:13. As Christians, it's good to be aware of the various self-help strategies. But I think, oftentimes, God will let us be in a place where no amount of self-help will help. Where no amount of strategic thinking, leadership … Continue reading When in trouble…
I am slowly working through some puritan prayers, this one impacts me on many levels. Oh God, it is amazing that men can talk so much about man’s creatures power and goodness, when, if thou didn’t not hold us back every moment, we should be devils incarnate. I know this to be true of myself, … Continue reading God the All
I’ve been taking a free course at Biola Learn , on Spiritual Formation and the temptations of moralism. It’s part of God’s recent dealings with me to dismantle unhealthy patterns of relating to Him, and to replace them with a more grace filled, spirit empowered, cross-entered faith. Anyway, as part of the course there are … Continue reading Prayer Projects
Read these lines on Monday. How infrequently do my prayers revolve around the Kingdom? I also like the line: let me live and pray as one baptised into the threefold name. Definitely food for prayer!