Unless You Bless Me

All of us have tried praying or happily listened to others praying, “I will not let you go unless you bless me (Genesis 32:26).” Easily said than done. Why?

Not one of us is willing to struggle with God and prevail. Jesus asked us not to go for vain repetition in prayer. At the same … Read the rest

Let Us Be Honest About Prayer

Most of us pray. Yes, for an approaching exam, when sickness comes, during financial crisis, and when there is some other trouble. At other times it is just routine “Bless me O Lord and my family (and sometimes we add, “only ME and MY Family”; which means O Lord hope you understood that means bless … Read the rest

Prayer Is Conversation with God

A better understanding of prayer can help us be great communicators; for prayer is conversation with God. When Jesus taught about prayer (recorded in his famous Sermon on the Mount), he said:

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who … Read the rest

So David Inquired of the LORD

We all love to run our own lives independently. But in David we find a man who tried his best to seek God for guidance in all situations of his life.

Of course he sinned and failed in the case of Bathsheba, Uriah, and the census he took of the Israelites to name a few … Read the rest

Why Do We Give Up Praying?

Luke says that Jesus spoke a parable to teach us to always pray and not give up (Luke 18:1). Plainly stated. But easily forgotten.

Why do we give up praying? It mostly happens because most of our prayers are wishes only. Such prayers cannot be sustained.

Then there is the problem of no visible change … Read the rest

Who Is God to You?

Who is God to you? Creator. Provider. Almighty. Judge. All these are true. But there is something more we need to know and experience.

Jesus came to show us this “something more” about God. Jesus came to show us God our heavenly Father. Jesus called God “Abba, Father.” Just as a little one in a … Read the rest

Go! One Act of Obedience!

It is amazing how one act of obedience can go a long way in fulfilling God’s purposes. Look at the case of Ananias. He was asked by God to “Go!” The reason was that a man named Saul was praying. And Saul was blind for a period of three days.

Ananias was the answer to Read the rest

Ask

Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you” (Matthew 7:7).

At first look, this looks quite simple; isn’t it? But is it really that simple? If God gave you a chance to ask him something what would you ask? Are you prepared for such a chance?

King Solomon got such a chance. God … Read the rest

I Believe in Praying

God himself has initiated prayer. He has asked us to call to him in prayer. It is an invitation that we should feel welcome to respond to.

Jesus taught us to persist in prayer. He told that we should always pray and never give up. Therefore we should never be discouraged in prayer even when … Read the rest

How to Pray

Come into His Presence

Prayer is talking to God. Therefore the first thing to do is to come into his presence. The Bible clearly tells us that we have right of entry to the throne of grace by the precious blood of Jesus. So first ask Jesus to wash you with his precious blood even … Read the rest

Are You Discouraged with Prayer?

We all had times when God did not answer prayer the way we expected. Some of us have grown discouraged because of that. But think for a moment. Has God changed? Has his promises to us about prayer changed? No.

Therefore let us not grow discouraged and stop praying. Instead of fighting with God about … Read the rest

Lonely Places and Prayer

There is something about prayer that demands that we be alone with God.This is of great importance in today’s world when we are distracted much by our busy schedules, pressures of work and family, sounds and sights of cities, and television, internet and mobile phones.

Jesus set us an example in being alone with … Read the rest

Call Upon Me in the Day of Trouble

We all pass through days of trouble. The Bible realistically speaks of days of trouble. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). Job who went through intense suffering said: “Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble” and “man is born to trouble

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Able To Do Immeasurably More

I tremble as I read these words. I pray with the man in the gospel account who said, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief (Mark 9:24)!” Yes, God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). And unbelief is that one thing that can prevent it from … Read the rest

A Simple Lesson-Praise!

(Part 5–Your Relationship with God)

Most Christians learn this simple lesson only years and years after they come to have a relationship with God. But if you can start at this point, then you’ll enjoy your relationship with God much better.

After the initial joy of becoming a Christian, a person is soon faced with … Read the rest

A Sacrifice of Praise

Praising God is often associated with worship meetings. It is also associated with singing, dancing, clapping of hands or lifting up of hands in praise. Sometimes, enabled by the Holy Spirit, praise happens in languages foreign to the speaker which is understood as speaking in tongues. All this is part of praising God and generally … Read the rest