25 Verses for More Effective Prayer

25 Verses for More Effective Prayer

What is effective prayer? In the Book of James, the fifth chapter, we read, “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (James 5:16 NASB). The word, “effective” indicates that there must also be such a thing as “ineffective” prayer and...
Two Streams of Forgiveness

Two Streams of Forgiveness

We’ve all heard the story of the Good Samaritan that Jesus told in Luke 10. A seldom noticed element of the story is the Samaritan’s use of “oil and wine” in treating an injured man found by the road. Oil and wine were a commonly applied wound treatment in Biblical...
Small Prayers for Big Things

Small Prayers for Big Things

I can think of about seven billion people who would want to talk with God if He appeared and offered private audiences. Let me rephrase that… “talk at God.” Humans have much curiosity and little patience. God knows we’re looking to answer the life-scope questions of...
Closer to God… His Presence

Closer to God… His Presence

As usual, I was doing several things at once. One day last week, I raced up the stairs in my home when panic overtook me. I had misplaced my phone. I checked the bedside table; I rummaged through my office, lifting papers and books. I returned downstairs to wander,...