Living in the 21st century presents some challenges when it comes to prayer. Not that prayer has changed—but our culture and the way we live our lives has. While most Christians say they believe prayer is a very important part of their spiritual life, many struggle with boredom, doubt and discouragement. In addition, many admit to not knowing how and what to pray.
Many believers are hesitant to admit they have trouble with prayer because they secretly believe most other Christians have a more satisfying prayer life than they do. But surprisingly, dissatisfaction with one’s personal prayer life seems to exist across a broad spectrum of Christianity.
In a 2005 poll released in Facts & Trends Magazine, only 16% of Protestant ministers across the country were “very satisfied” with their personal prayer life. Another 47% were “somewhat satisfied;” 30% were “somewhat dissatisfied;” and 7% were “very dissatisfied.”1 Continue reading →
Do You Expect Perpetual Summer in Your Spiritual Life?
The Mexican Riviera (photo courtesy of Barcelo Maya Beach Resort)
I have just recently returned from a trip to the Mexican Riviera where the sun-drenched beaches and azure blue waters warmed and uplifted my spirit. The trip reminded me that although I don’t experience perpetual summer where I live, I can rest in the fact that summer always returns, both in the natural cycle of nature and in my spiritual life.
I’ve often thought that if I were God, I would have ripped out the seams of the earth and started all over again! But God had a different plan.
Through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ, the line of communication was re-established between the Father and us. Let’s think of this in modern terms—Jesus made possible a high-speed connection to God so that we can be assured that our prayers are reaching God’s ears. Jesus sits at His Father’s right hand and makes sure that connection between the Father and us is never broken from heaven’s end. That means every prayer you have ever prayed or will ever pray is assured to reach the throne of heaven! Continue reading →