Our readings establish a tension. Both readings involve fervent prayer. One prayer is answered. One is not. We know what it’s like to have prayers unanswered. It’s not fun. It’s hard. Today we will have a chance to rejoice and find hope in the answered and unanswered prayers
There is a little bit of a difficult balance in today’s prayer. On the one hand it’s clearly a prayer against opposition. That God would move against the enemies of the people of God. On the other hand it’s a prayer that is acknowledging how different God is from EVERYTHING ELSE in all of creation […]
Who can see? That’s kind of the main question of todays story and prayer. It’s pretty clear that a bunch of people CAN’T see. It’s also pretty clear that Elisha’s simple prayer powerfully changes the sight of several people. This morning it’s important too for us to digest who can see (can we)….and why?
Today’s prayer is short. It’s only about 100 words. But because of the object lesson that goes along with it – it’s extremely powerful. It changes a bunch of hearts that had been limping along, undecided about who and what the real God is.
Gideon is overwhelmed in Judges 6. His life has radically and quickly changed. Big time. From farmer to commander in chief. He is overwhelmed. And he is insecure. Isn’t that what often happens? When something really big is in front of us we feel like we aren’t good enough. God’s got an answer to that […]
Jacob, prays a great prayer in Genesis 32. We will dissect the prayer so that we might pray in a similar way. And then we will wrestle with the change that God brings about because of the prayer. It isn’t necessarily the change that Jacob wanted or asked for….