“What a man is alone on his knees before God, that he is, and no more.” – Robert Murray M’Cheyne
Prayer: What is it exactly? Is it only for the super religious? Do you have to change your voice to sound holy and serious for your prayer to be heard? Is God withholding good from us until we pray?
We’ll seek to answer these questions and more during this series, but one thing is for certain: Intimacy with God is directly related to your life of prayer.
One of the skills a Christian needs to have is that of looking in the mirror. We all do a good job of examining other people’s lives. After all, “who am I, to be blind? Pretending not to see their needs.” But when it comes to ourselves, we could all use a little self-reflection. The trick is knowing which mirror to look in.
So, I am going to do something blasphemous; I am going to critique Chick-Fil-A. Yes, I know that their chicken is really breaded in manna crumbs and that they deep fry it in the widow’s oil, but lately I have been embarrassed to sit through a whole meal there. Why? Because that instrumental “Christian” music drives me nuts.
Every window in the city sparkled with candlelight under the night sky, like stars reflecting off a calm sea. The homes were filled with family, friends, and travelers from every direction, all in Jerusalem in time for Passover – just six days away. But no home was as filled with wonder, laughter, holy reunion, or hope like Peter’s home, where Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus were staying.