Our Prayers are Eternal–They Don’t Just Vanish into Outer Space!
Heaven’s Throne Room
Prayer is spiritual force in God’s economy that can’t completely be understood by our finite minds. Our prayers are not just temporal, but eternal. Scientists tell us that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only be moved or changed in form.
I believe this is also true of our prayers. Like energy and matter, our prayers don’t just vanish into outer space. They continue to exist. In fact, Scripture tells us they are collected in golden bowls before the throne of God in heaven (Rev. 5:8). When we understand prayer for what it really is, it changes our perspective and our motivation to pray. Continue reading →
My Book is now available on Amazon.com in both print and Kindle editions. A great personal study on the topic of prayer as well as a small group 7-week study with individual and group questions.
Click on the Amazon.com link above to view and read a sample. Half of the proceeds from this book will go to local and national Christian ministries.
For the next few weeks I’ll be posting short sections from the book on my blog.
Why is Prayer So Hard?
(Sample from Chapter 1)
How difficult it is in our fast-paced world, where 10-minute
devotionals are best sellers, to find a retreat of intimacy. We delude ourselves into thinking we have fellowshipped with the Father when in fact, we have just driven through the fast-food line.
Life already bombards us with enough demands that for most of us it’s easier to leave the practice of prayer to our pastor or other full-time Christian workers. Even if we try to pray everyday, it’s usually just a few minutes squeezed between our morning coffee and the drive to work or the final moments before our eyelids close from exhaustion at the end of the day.Continue reading →
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 →