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Prayer Struggles

Prayer Struggles

Romans 8:26 says, In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  I struggle with prayer, so this verse gives me hope. I find tremendous comfort here knowing that God knows my concerns, which mostly revolve around my family if I’m honest.  Many times I fall asleep in the middle of my prayers since I admittedly don’t pray without ceasing…

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The Devil at Your Doorstep

The Devil at Your Doorstep

I’ve found that as I’ve been writing this blog in particular, the devil has been eating at me. More temptations, more opportunities for anger, more disappointment. Our lives of faith are not always roses. In fact, the closer we get to the Lord, the more that Satan is waiting for us, doing all he can to pull us further from God. We are “at risk” from his perspective because we’re not abiding by his rules. We are seeking God. I’ve…

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Raise a Hallelujah

Raise a Hallelujah

If you haven’t heard this song, I’d encourage you to listen to the story behind it. God is so much bigger than anything we could possibly fathom. The first few verses are: I raise a Hallelujah, in the presence of my enemy.I raise a Hallelujah, louder than the unbelief.I raise a Hallelujah, my weapon is a melody.I raise a Hallelujah, heaven comes to fight for me. I’m gonna sing in the middle of the storm. Louder and louder.You’re gonna hear…

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P.R.A.Y. Method

P.R.A.Y. Method

In light of my brother’s post yesterday, I wanted to share a method of praying that I learned long ago that I’m not sure is as commonly known as it probably could or should be. It helps to guide my prayers regularly. P = Praise. We should start every prayer praising God no matter what is going on in our lives. Praise Him in our successes and praise Him in the midst of our struggles. R = Repent. Invariably, there…

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God’s Will

God’s Will

I pray often as many people do, routinely, hitting the high points. Then when I’m in need I pray frequently and with an unyielding passion. The problem is I frequently forget the most important thing.  It isn’t about me, it’s God’s will. How often do we pray selfishly?  Shouldn’t it be “God this is what I want, but only if it’s what YOU want for me” type prayer? This is much easier said than done because we also know God…

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Invade Their Life

Invade Their Life

Last Sunday, our pastor was praying for someone he’s known for quite some time and has been “working on” that has not yet accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. Apparently, this has been weighing on our pastor. During his prayer to close out our service, he prayed that God would invade his friend’s life. That phrase struck me. It was such an aggressive way to describe what he wanted God to do. And it got me asking myself if…

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Asking for a Sign

Asking for a Sign

Isaiah 7:10 – Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or the highest heights.” God is always there. Always. No matter what. In our struggles or victories, we can count on the fact that He is there for us. Even more so, in this verse, He seems willing to remind us of that if we just ask Him to show us a sign. I realize I’m adding context…

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Interesting Struggles

Interesting Struggles

Yesterday, I wrote about our prayer for God to “make it obvious.” God answered our prayer and we moved to Pittsburgh. Everything in our life was smooth sailing with the move – clearly He was watching over us in every way. Everything was easy until it came time to find a church home. Ironic, no? Before we even came to town, we did research trying to find a church home – as much as one can find a church home…

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Make It Obvious

Make It Obvious

In the spring of 2011, my wife and I were living in northern Virginia. We were happily living in northern Virginia I might add. Then, an opportunity presented itself in Pittsburgh. My wife and I never once envisioned living in Pittsburgh. And, initially, we didn’t even consider it. But for some reason, it kept coming up. So, we prayed about it. The only thing we prayed for was for God to “make it obvious.” We prayed a specific prayer and…

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Inquiring of the Lord

Inquiring of the Lord

In our Bible study, we’ve been going through the book of 1 Samuel – a recommendation from my father. 1 Samuel, for the most part, tracks the lives of Samuel, Saul, and David. From the minute that David enters the frame, there are two things that are obvious. David is a warrior for the Lord David is in constant communication with God The second part is what has stuck out the most for me as a consistent theme. Each and…

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