Prayer

Bible, Prayer, Theology

The Humanity of Prayer


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We were flicking through movie rental options on TV the other night when we stumbled across Kevin Reynolds’ 2016 film Risen – a film about the resurrection of Christ as seen through the eyes of a Roman Military Tribune, Clavius ((Joseph Fiennes).

Inititially I thought the film was going to be lame but was surprised by the way the film grew on me, particualrly when Jesus featured, as played by Cliff Curtis – I’d thoroughly recommend renting/buying the film!

Barging into the Upper Room

There is one particular aspect of the film that continues to speak to me powerfully:

As the Bible says, when Jesus rose from the grave, after Mary Magdalene had recognised Him by the grave-side, Jesus appeared to His disciples. Walls, Roman Soldiers, constanty conspiring Pharisees and the frightened bewilderment of His people weren’t a problem – Jesus met with his friends to prove his resurrection glory and to encourage His grieving mates. (more…)

Bible, Creativity, Prayer, psalms, writing

A Normal Oblivion


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Bed-side

Imagine being woken up tomorrow morning by voices in your head, or voices that you thought were in your head. Imagine groggily coming round, sick in your stomach, disoriented by fear because of the sonic traffic that the voices in your head were creating: unfamiliar tones, unrecognisable expressions – a mystifying medley of unearthly voice. Imagine waking tomorrow morning to experience something akin to a dream and yet that was not a dream; something understandable and yet utterly bewildering.

You would be afraid. (more…)

Addiction, Exercise and Health, Prayer, spirituality

Dependence


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Did you know that it’s possible to be addicted to exercise? In fact, exercise dependence is widely recognised as a form of compulsive behavioural addiction – a psychological state that is damaging to physical, mental and social health.

The basic principle of establishing whether you’re addicted to exercise, or not, (or to what extent), is to answer a series of questions which pumps out an overall score of your psycological state.

*Google: exercise dependence and HAD test.

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Bible, Prayer, Suffering, Theology

Tired of Terror


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Our Father

Who art in heaven

Hallowed be Your Name

Your kingdom come, Your will be done

On Earth as it is in heaven

Give us today our daily bread

And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who’ve sinned against us

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil

For Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory

Forever and ever

Amen 

Jesus Come

24-7 Prayer, Prayer, scotland

Crystal’s 24-7 Prayer Journey To Scotland


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Mairi and I have only known Crystal for about a year but have had the privilege of hosting her on a few occasions in our home. We connected via a legendary mutual friend, (famous for his excessive coffee consumption and beard), and hit it off immediately.

One of the reasons we connected was because of our shared passion for Jesus, prayer and gospel-centred mission.

Crystal is now heading up 24-7 prayer across Scotland, based in Edinburgh, and I wanted to invtite her to share her story to prime some more full-on excitement about what God can do with a life laid down in fanning our primal passions for committed prayer! (more…)

Bible, Prayer

If Your Presence Does Not Go With Us…


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Moses said to the LORD, ‘You have been telling me. “Lead these people,” but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, “I know you by name and you have found favour with me.” If you are pleased with me, teach me Your ways so I may know You and continue to find favour with You. Remember that this Nation is Your people.

The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Then Moses said to Him, ‘If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.

Exodus 33: 12-15

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Prayer, Theology

Prevenient 


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This one word sums up the only impulse for our continuing prayer and love for God that sometimes may seem to flicker rather than blaze. Like a heart that only beats because it was created to be myogenic.

When you feel as though you don’t desire God as you should, as you want to, remember that you only have any desire in the first place because He first moved toward you! It’s His grip on you…

It’s this specific aspect of the nature of God, of Jesus, of Holy Spirit, that never ceases to amaze me or communicate deep comfort to my heart.

APART FROM THE SHEER, UNIMAGINABLE MERCY OF CALVARY, HAVING ANY *ONGOING* DESIRE FOR JESUS, WHATSOEVER, IS THE GREATEST GRACE AND MERCY I THINK I CAN IMAGINE

A W Tozer says it like this:

We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit. “No man can come to me,” said our Lord, “except the Father which hath sent me draw him,” and it is by this very prevenient drawing that God takes from us every vestige of credit for the act of coming. The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the out working of that impulse is our following hard after Him; and all the time we are pursuing Him we are already in His hand: “Thy right hand upholdeth me.”

Excerpt from The Pursuit of God

Praise Him!