Praying for Power

What prayers have shaped your life? How did you learn them? What happens when you pray them? In the next months, I want to share ten prayers from scripture that have shaped my life as well as my understanding of what true prayer is. They help me know how to pray and what to pray for. The first prayer is a good prayer to follow our journey to Easter. I call it The Resurrection Power Prayer: Pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead. Ephesians 1:19, NLT I will never forget the Bible Study teacher who asked after reading this verse: Is there any problem in your life that resurrec

Breakfast with Jesus

Do you eat breakfast? It’s the most important meal of the day that nobody has time to fix. Most mornings it’s a fiber-rich, low sugar cereal for me with bananas or some other fruit. Breakfast literally breaks the fast you put your body on through the night. It wakes sleeping organs, alerts the body for action, and nudges brain cells to start firing their signals throughout their vast network. Today I’m thinking about a breakfast on the shores of Galilee with Jesus. Do you remember how it happened? “I’m going fishing.” Peter said early one morning in the fresh days of processing resurrection truth. Seven other disciples stopped twiddling their thumbs and welcomed the familiar activity and f

The Walk to Emmaus

Sometimes we take the sad journey to Emmaus like two disheartened disciples took that first Easter. It is the journey when we think all hope is gone. Or maybe a grief so overwhelming buries us until it feels like nothing will ever be the same again. Like the Emmaus travelers, “we had hoped” for something different. The Emmaus travelers did not know how The Great Truth would change their journey. They were caught in the valley of not-yet-knowing. But everything changed when Jesus joined their journey. As the unsuspecting travelers offered hospitality, Jesus offered them himself. He took the role of host in their home, took their bread, gave thanks and broke it. Then, they knew what they c

Live New

What God did on Easter cannot be explained, dissected, formulized, or ignored. Virgin birth should have prepared us. God came to inhabit flesh by pulse and respiration. But Jesus was God squeezed into a box that could not hold him here forever. No one expected God-made-flesh to burst through every verifiable fact of death and walk out of a three-day entombment. Like you, I have taken a slow, thoughtful, heart-examining journey to the cross. But it is only half the truth. Easter should wake us up to possibilities we dare to believe. We live without a finality picture. We live by the Creator’s Word of power and unfathomable good. Though we live in a broken world where cancer invades,