Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
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The Hope of Easter

Easter (Resurrection Sunday) is fast approaching and I'm comforted by the reminder that our Savior remains as present in our world today as He was when He walked the earth more than 2,000 years ago.  This is a wonderful time of year to reflect on the unfailing reality of "God with us" and to rediscover our adoration for the Lord. Psalm 89 says, "I will sing of the Lord's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations."  In our home, one of our favorite traditions at Easter, after attending services, has been for... Read more >>

Prayer Versus Sleep

In Gethsemane, Jesus “returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. ‘Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?’ he asked Peter. ‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak’” (Matthew 26:40-41). In A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, William Law says: Prayer is the nearest approach to God, and the highest enjoyment of Him, that we are capable of in this life… On the other hand, sleep is the poorest, dullest refreshment of the body… so far from being intended as... Read more >>

Prayer in Times of Trouble

We sometimes feel a bit ashamed to find that most of our prayers occur during severe hardships. Yet Martin Luther seemed to view the situation differently: Except under troubles, trials, vexations, prayer cannot rightly be made. God says: “Call on me in the time of trouble”; without trouble it is only a bald prattling, and not from the heart; it is a common saying: “Need teaches to pray.” That’s a strong statement! God certainly wants us to pray at all times, not just in moments of crisis (1 Thessalonians 5:17). But Luther makes his point—when times are good, our natural... Read more >>

Experiencing God

In Experiencing God, Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King write: Your personal prayer life may primarily be one-way communication­­—you talking to God. Prayer is more than that. Prayer includes listening as well. In fact, what God says in prayer is far more important than what you say… Prayer is a relationship, not just a religious activity. Prayer is designed more to adjust you to God than to adjust God to you. God doesn’t need your prayers, but he wants you to pray. You need to pray because of what God wants to do in and through your life during... Read more >>

The Christian's Lifeline

At one point in his ministry, Jim Cymbala, author of Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, sensed that God had a message for him: If you and your wife will lead my people to pray and call upon my name, you will never lack for something fresh to preach. I will supply all… that’s needed, both for the church and for your family, and you will never have a building large enough to contain the crowds I will send in response. As the people’s prayers were answered, the Cymbalas saw a wider application to the truths they were learning: Prayer is the... Read more >>

Update from Shirley Dobson

Warm greetings from National Day of Prayer headquarters!  It seems hard to believe that 2016 is already well underway.  Yet, here we are, and the final plans for our May 5th NDP events are now being made.  What a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the significance of this historic observance and the tremendous impact it can have on our great country.  In the words of Pastor J. Sidlow Baxter, “Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers.”  During the months ahead, both individually and corporately, we will... Read more >>

Fellowship with God

In Fellowship, his devotional study of John’s epistles, John G. Mitchell examines the fellowship with God that is ours through Jesus: The great yearning of the heart of God is that we should have fellowship with Him. The purpose of redemption is not just to free us from sin nor simply get us to heaven, but rather fit us for eternal, unbroken, wonderful, personal, intimate fellowship with the living God Himself… Some people are waiting for fellowship, with its joy and peace, until they get to heaven. My friend, God wants us to have it now… It is not that... Read more >>

The Example of Prayer

In The Master Plan of Evangelism, Robert E. Coleman explains how Jesus showed through His prayer life how His disciples should live: Surely it was no accident that Jesus often let His disciples see Him conversing with the Father. They could see the strength which it gave to His life, and though they could not understand fully what it was all about, they must have realized that this was part of His secret of life. Note that Jesus did not force the lesson upon them, but rather He just kept praying until at last the disciples got so hungry that... Read more >>

God's Will For You

Do you realize that you already know God’s will for you today? Here it is: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Read more >>

Persevere in Prayer

Jesus once told a story about a widow who repeatedly asked a judge for justice against an adversary: “For some time [the judge] refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!” And the Lord [Jesus] said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?” (Luke 18:4-7) Read more >>