Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct in this passage for those people who have His Spirit. He urges us to keep our minds filled with the concept of God’s control over everything, which means that a disciple must maintain an attitude of perfect trust and an eagerness to ask and to seek.
“I’m crazy about em-dashes,” says the author of my favorite editorial newsletter. (It’s Stephanie Smith’s Slant//Letter, in case you’re wondering.) Also in case you’re wondering, this is an em-dash: —.
For kids on the playground, there’s perhaps no more solemn a challenge than the “double dog dare.” Well, today on Discover the Word, we conclude the study on “The Prayer Coin,” by issuing a dare to you. Will you take the “Prayer Dare”? It’s an encouraging edition of Discover the Word today!
As Jesus knelt in the garden of Gethsemane, he offered an honest prayer, “take this cup from Me.” But he didn’t stop there. Today, on Discover the Word, we will examine the flip side of Jesus’s prayer, “yet not my will.” Learn to pray with both sides of “The Prayer Coin,” like Jesus, when you listen today to Discover the Word!
During WWII, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill hailed the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied troops from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk as a “miracle of deliverance”. The event was so widely celebrated that Churchill had to remind people that “wars are not won by evacuations”.
Prayer is a vehicle for bringing our whole selves to God. In prayer, we can honestly make our requests known, while also relinquishing our desires into God’s capable hands. Today, on Discover the Word, we suggest that pivoting between both postures is necessary for a healthy prayer life. Join the discussion on Discover the Word!
Trust is formed over time. So, how do we build a foundation of trust in God that prepares us for life’s twists and turns? Today on Discover the Word, we’ll look at the example of Jesus, to show us how to pray with both honesty and trust-filled abandon to His will. That’s today on Discover the Word!
The night before His crucifixion, as Jesus knelt in anxious anticipation in the garden of Gethsemane, He invited His disciples to join Him in prayer. And now, He’s inviting you. Today on Discover the Word, we continue the series, “The Prayer Coin,” with an important lesson on the “abandon” side of our communication with God. Listen to Discover the […]
We all go through times when we struggle to pray . . . when we struggle to speak with God through our tears. Today on Discover the Word, the team will open their Bibles to continue a series on prayer called “The Prayer Coin.” Discover how we can find help in a two-sided prayer Christ prayed in His […]
The opening to a prayer written by author Joni Eareckson Tada pulses with praise: “Almighty God, you are our Mighty Fortress, our refuge and the God in whom we place our trust.” In naming God’s attributes, she follows the example of King Solomon in his heartfelt prayer when he dedicated the newly built temple.
You’ve probably heard that diamonds are created under extreme pressure. And today on Discover the Word, the team will show us that often our prayers are refined by trials. Join the team as they examine Christ’s most pressure-packed prayer and find help for our praying in life’s difficult times. Be part of the conversation about “The Prayer […]
By what right have we become “a royal priesthood”? It is by the right of the atonement by the Cross of Christ that this has been accomplished. Are we prepared to purposely disregard ourselves and to launch out into the priestly work of prayer? The continual inner-searching we do in an effort to see if we are what we ought to be generates a self-centered, sickly type of Christianity, not the vigorous and simple life of a child of God. Until we get into this right and proper relationship with God, it is simply a case of our “hanging on by the skin of our teeth,” although we say, “What a wonderful victory I have!”
A pitiful, sickly, and self-centered kind of prayer and a determined effort and selfish desire to be right with God are never found in the New Testament. The fact that I am trying to be right with God is actually a sign that I am rebelling against the atonement by the Cross of Christ. I pray, “Lord, I will purify my heart if You will answer my prayer— I will walk rightly before You if You will help me.” But I cannot make myself right with God; I cannot make my life perfect. I can only be right with God if I accept the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ as an absolute gift.
Do you ever struggle with unanswered prayers? Maybe you even wonder if God is listening to your heartfelt cries? Today on Discover the Word, we continue to explore one of Jesus’s prayers and discover that one of His requests went unanswered. Or did it? The two-sided nature of “The Prayer Coin”—today on Discover the Word!