Archive for March 2008

Time to Graduate?

March 31, 2008

graduation-divinity-school.jpg  Uploaded by AJR2006 on Flickr“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15). Other pressing matters led to my getting a late start on this post this morning. So I’ll just introduce a topic that I’ll be reflecting upon more later. (more…)

Graceful Prayer

March 28, 2008

peacock.jpg  Uploaded by akcija/katarina 2353's on Flickr“Rejoice always; pray continuously; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” (I Thessalonians 5:16-18). Note the bookends holding up continuous prayer: rejoicing and giving thanks. Frankly, rejoicing isn’t the first thing I think to do in most circumstances; or giving thanks, for that matter. “Rejoicing always” seems even more unrealistic than “praying always.” And while it’s one thing to ask God for help with whatever’s happening, it’s quite another to thank God for what’s happening. (more…)

Natural Prayer

March 27, 2008

praying-bird.jpg  Uploaded by ms.lume at Flickr“Pray continually.” Sounds daunting, doesn’t it? Even with all we’ve experienced and learned during our 24/7 and 24/45 prayer journeys, praying all the time still sounds not only challenging but unrealistic. It’s one thing to pray all the time one person at a time, like we did in the prayer tent. But each person praying all the time…? (more…)

Beyond 24/45

March 26, 2008

holy-spirit.jpg  Uploaded by Tracie Taylor Photography on Flickr“The Lord kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt…” (Exodus 12:42).

During 24/45 I had the very strong sense that more than our keeping vigil before the Lord, God was keeping vigil over us. Instead of feeling like I had to draw his attention to the tent, it was more like he was waiting for me when I got there. (more…)

Holy Desires

March 25, 2008

pray.jpg  Uploaded by MountainWoman on FlickrThe flipside of “holy dissatisfaction” (see yesterday’s post) is holy desire. Holy dissatisfaction arises out of holy desires. It is this holy desiring that Jesus encourages us to bring to our praying: “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to those who knock, the door will be opened” (Luke 11:9,10). (more…)

Holy Dissatisfaction

March 24, 2008

bread-and-wine.jpgDeath has passed us by.

The Egyptians were not so fortunate. After their pharoah repeatedly refused to let the Israelite slaves go, and after repeated plagues were sent to convince him that the Egyptian gods and Pharoah’s own supposed divinity were no match for the God of Israel, the final plague struck the firstborn in each of the houses of Egypt — all except the homes of the Israelites. Before that horrible night, God told each Israelite family to take the blood of a lamb, the Passover lamb, and spread it on the door-frame of each Israelite house, so that the angel of death would pass it by. (more…)

Hijacked

March 20, 2008

jesus-and-thief.jpg  Uploaded by brtsergio on FlickrImagine it. Imagine the Kingdom of God.

If there is anything that our modern culture has hijacked, it’s our imagination. Actually, our own desires and worries are capable all on their own of pirating the ship of our imaginations. Our sexuality is proned to fantasize the gutter rather than glory. Worry-fueled imaginations picture worst possible scenarios. (more…)