Because He Cares for You

Because He Cares for You

“…cast all your anxieties upon Him, because He cares for you…” (I Peter 5:7). As part of my morning devotions, I spend time reading from a Puritan book of prayers titled The Valley of Vision.  In the prayer that I studied this morning, the following line caught my...
The Main Ingredient in Effective Prayer

The Main Ingredient in Effective Prayer

The Main Ingredient in Effective Prayer by Jonathan Parnell It’s tragic how easily we can miss the main ingredient in effective prayer. In our sin, we’ve been rewired to focus on us — on the steps we should take for our prayers to be heard. We have this bent toward...
Not My Will Be Done: Maundy Thursday

Not My Will Be Done: Maundy Thursday

Not My Will Be Done Maundy Thursday by Jon Bloom “Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:36) Darkness had descended on Jerusalem. Its residents had finished their Passover meals. The lamb and...
When Jesus Prays for Your Faith

When Jesus Prays for Your Faith

When Jesus Prays for Your Faith by Jonathan Parnell Jesus will give you another chance. Luke opens the book of Acts by making this clear. No matter how bad you may have messed up in the past, or how oblivious you may have been to the ways of God, or how stubborn you...
Too Difficult for God?

Too Difficult for God?

In Genesis 18:9-15 there is a story about Abraham and Sarah and a visit they received from the Lord and two angels.  “Then they said to him, ‘Where is Sarah your wife?’  And he said, ‘There, in the tent.’  He said, ‘I will surely return to you at this time next year;...