Promises

“And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, ‘What is the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the Lord the third day’ ” (2 Kings 20:8)?

On a trip to the mountains of Nepal we followed a local bus for several miles. On the back of the bus was printed their slogan, “We make travel fun.” Really? What is so much fun about riding on extremely narrow, rough, crooked roads in high mountains where in order to pass traffic one must literally hang out over steep drops? It is not unusual to see below the burnt out ruins of vehicles that did not safely negotiate those conditions. Continue reading “Promises”

Our fears expose our idols

Fears abound. What if the stock market crashes? What if my career does not progress further? What if they do not like me? What if I lose “it”?

Since secular people consider themselves to have moved beyond superstitious idolatry, to assert that many contemporary fears are birthed in idolatry might sound oxymoronic. Yet, when we understand how idols function, the correlation is obvious. Fortunately, jettisoning idols along with their fears leads toward obtaining the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. Continue reading “Our fears expose our idols”

Educated in Prayer

“Now it came to pass, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, that one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples'” (Luke 11:1).

Isaac from Africa writes to ask that we pray for his son who is suffering from critical, life-threatening illness. Another writes desiring that “anyone who knows how to pray” please remember his situation before God. The need and desire for prayer is universal and great. The feeling of inadequacy in prayer is also almost universal, and almost equally great.

Paul teaches us that any feelings of inadequacy, or fears that we may pray incorrectly, are completely unnecessary. Continue reading “Educated in Prayer”