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The Power of “Waiting on God”

The Power of “Waiting on God”

One of the keys to growing in our relationship with God is engaging in spiritual disciplines. Regular time of reading the Word, praying, worshiping, and other practices help us to grow spiritually and increase in our intimacy with God. An often-overlooked spiritual discipline is what is sometimes referred to as “waiting on God.” In this context waiting on God refers to being still and quiet in God’s presence. This is not a passive...

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The Difference between Insanity and Persistence

The Difference between Insanity and Persistence

You have probably heard the quote attributed to Albert Einstein that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.” According to that definition, the prophet Elijah would qualify as insane! Consider 1 Kings 18:41-45: Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top...

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Our Prayers Impact the Spiritual Realm

Our Prayers Impact the Spiritual Realm

We can sometimes forget that prayer is one of the weapons that God has given us in our conflict against the kingdom of darkness. But when Paul was listing the armor of God, he finished with this admonition: “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18). Intercession plays a critical role in advancing God’s...

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A Prayer for Deliverance

A Prayer for Deliverance

I have used prayers like the one below many times when ministering deliverance to a person or group of people. If you or someone you know is in need of deliverance, it is an effective tool that can be used to help facilitate the process. The prayer should not be seen as a formula, but as a model to follow. The purpose of this prayer is to close all doors, take away any “legal rights” that evil spirits may have, and come into complete...

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What a Culture of Prayer Looks Like

What a Culture of Prayer Looks Like

I recently preached a message called Establishing a Culture of Prayer. In this message I used illustrations from the book of Acts to show that prayer was engrained into the life of the early church. Praying together was foundational to the early church’s existence. What exactly is a “culture of prayer?” One way to look at it, is that a culture of prayer is simply when prayer is normal. When lifting our voices together to God is not...

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Sermon: Establishing a Culture of Prayer

Sermon: Establishing a Culture of Prayer

I recently preached a message called “Establishing a Culture of Prayer.” In the book of Acts, we see the early church in action, empowered by the Holy Spirit. One of the distinctions of how the early church functioned is that they had a “culture of prayer.” What I mean is that prayer was engrained into the life of the church; it was how they lived and moved. Prayer is not meant to be a last resort; it is meant to be...

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Why Answers to Prayer are Delayed

Why Answers to Prayer are Delayed

In Luke 18 Jesus told a parable about perseverance in prayer. “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). Jesus knew that we would have plenty of opportunity to lose heart in prayer. He knew we would be tempted to give up praying. Many believers have given up on prayer because they “tried and it didn’t work.” This is a wrong attitude about prayer for a couple of reasons. In...

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The Priority of Personal Devotion

The Priority of Personal Devotion

One of the things that marked the ministry of Jesus was His commitment to getting alone to pray. He was constantly active in teaching, healing, and ministering to the multitudes. He poured into the twelve apostles and allowed them into His life. But Jesus prioritized time alone with the Father. Mark 1:32-34 describes a long night of ministry for Jesus. The whole city came to be healed of diseases and delivered from demonic torment. Verse 35...

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Spiritual Disciplines that Feed your Spirit

Spiritual Disciplines that Feed your Spirit

I wrote previously that as Christians we need to discern the difference between soul and spirit. If we allow ourselves to be controlled by our soul—mind, will, and emotions—we will not be on the right track in our walk with God. When we are born again through receiving Christ, our spirit comes to life we are restored to fellowship with God. But this is only a beginning; now we are to grow up in Christ and become who God intended us to...

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Why we need both Private and Corporate Prayer

Why we need both Private and Corporate Prayer

Prayer is a multi-faceted subject that can be looked at from a variety of angles. Books and volumes have been written on this very important topic. At the heart of prayer is communication with God. And I would argue that the highest purpose of prayer is intimacy with Him. But prayer is also a vehicle that God has chosen to use to advance His purposes in the earth. I want to look at two aspects of prayer: private and corporate prayer. The...

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