Fully Devoted

““…rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer.” – Romans 12:12 A country doctor had a sign over his office door that read, “First visit $25. All other visits $10.” A man who was known to be pretty frugal went to see the doctor. He greeted the doctor by saying, “It’s good to see you again.” The doctor proceeded to examine the man but didn’t say anything. When the doctor finished the exam, the man was upset and asked what … Read More

Out of the Cage

“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” – 2 Corinthians 3:17   One summer Bob Bartlett, a wonderful explorer, filled a boat with rare birds, put them in cages, and began to transport them to America. Somewhere in the Atlantic, the boat encountered rough water, and one of the birds got loose. They watched the bird fly away to apparent “freedom.” But, several hours later, the bird returned. He couldn’t find any … Read More

Divine Math

“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” – Luke 10:40   Far too often we relate to Martha and feel that we are too busy to take time to pray. But I have found that something supernatural happens the moment you spend time in Bible study and in prayer. Just as Jesus took the loaves and fish and multiplied them, He can multiply the time we spend with Him. Try it. Spend quality time with God … Read More

A Good Habit

““…let Thine ear now be attentive and Thine eyes open to hear the prayer of Thy servant which I am praying before Thee now, day and night.” – Nehemiah 1:6   Before undertaking a major challenge, Nehemiah prayed “day and night.” In other words, he prayed “without ceasing.” That is the picture of someone with a hacking cough that goes on all throughout the day until it becomes a habit. We just do it unconsciously. This is how we ought to pray. … Read More

A Blank Check

“And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” – John 14:13   The little secret in this verse is the phrase, “in My Name.” In other words, what we ask for in prayer must be in accordance with the character of Jesus. We can confidently pray in the Name of Jesus. We know He is involved, that He is in the middle of the situation, and that His will is … Read More

Melted & Molded

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth.” – John 16:13   I love the old hymn, “Spirit of the Living God.” In it there is a prayer that says, “Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.” That prayer should be on our lips every day. Melt. Does God need to melt away any barriers or prejudices in your relationships? Mold. Is there anything God needs to shape in you so He can … Read More