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Prayer is our primary means of communication with God, and it is only through God that we have the strength, abilities and wisdom we need to face a busy day. But when we’re so busy, when is there time to pray? My answer may surprise you: Always. We don’t have to stop everything in order to pray. Instead, let these short, simple prayers run through your mind as you go about your everyday tasks—your conversation with God will become a soundtrack underscoring your ordinary days, transforming...

by School Of Life on 29 April 2019

There is a mystery to prayer—a way God works in it that we don’t fully understand. But God persistently invites us to pray, showing us through His word and Spirit how and why we should turn our voices to Him, exhorting us to never give it up. Even so, many of us only pray when we’re troubled. Such a tendency may reveal a one-dimensional view of God and prayer. Our view of prayer both impacts and is changed by our view of God. Here are desperately needed reminders for how and why we pray,...

by School Of Life on 29 April 2019

Making the Psalms a consistent part of our time studying the Bible is enriching and important. The Psalms are meant to be sung and prayed, and there are specific psalms that were written to help us when life it bleak and we feel miserable. The individual and communal laments are the largest category of psalms. These psalms lay a troubling situation before the Lord and ask him for help. They can be about broad community problems or individual struggles. There are also songs of confidence and comfort...

by School Of Life on 29 April 2019

We seem to know very little about the existence and ministry of Angels. To most of us angels are more decoration than the reality. Angels appear on tombstones, the walls of nurseries, jewelry, Renaissance art, ordination certificates, Christmas cards, and Valentines. Angels are usually fat and naked and have little bows and arrows with wings on their backs! These caricatures are so unfortunate. Angels have a lot to do, especially for those who have eyes to see. I believe that most of their work...

by School Of Life on 29 April 2019

The thing that often makes tragedy overwhelming, incomprehensible, and soul numbing is just how unexpected it can be. Life is going according to plan, and suddenly your world is rocked and you are left reeling. That’s why it’s so important to have Truth stored up in your heart before tragedy strikes. By being in the Word and in prayer every day, you’re building up a savings account of Truth that you can one day pull from when you need it most. If, however, you find yourself in the midst...

by School Of Life on 28 April 2019

Sometimes praying feels like throwing darts – with your eyes closed. You hurl some words heavenward and wonder if you’ve hit the bulls-eye of progress. You hope something sticks. What have you been praying for? Do you wonder if God hears your prayers? If they matter? Lately, I’ve been thinking, I don’t want my words to just touch heaven, but I want them to move heaven’s power on my behalf. I want God to touch even the smallest details of my life and the lives of those...

by School Of Life on 28 April 2019

Last night, as I was booting down the day in prayer, I realized something. Something kind of significant. I figured what it said about me just as important as what I actually believed about prayer. It struck me that while I often pray to stop worrying, I always pray mid-struggle – in the heat of a thought that has run haywire, like a wire with far too much current and no outlet. Now, I won’t say by that point it is too late, but I just wonder, why do I wait until that point, rather...

by School Of Life on 28 April 2019

When I give people directions to get to my house, I tell them to veer left when they get to a “Y” in the road. Sometimes I wish there were such clear directions for my life. I often get to places in my journey where I am just not sure which way to go. There are no signs pointing one way or the other and I feel completely lost. Am I the only one who feels that way? What I really want is a spiritual GPS that I take with me every day that will tell me where to go. I don’t ever want...

by School Of Life on 28 April 2019

Moses was famous long before Charlton Heston raised his profile in the 1956 Cecile B. DeMille movie, The Ten Commandments. Universally recognized as the deliverer of his people, the Israelites, from slavery in Egypt, biblical and human history also credit Moses with establishing Israel’s judicial and religious systems. But there’s much more to Israel’s mighty leader than what makes the headlines. In the list below, I’ve collected 20 fascinating but little known details about this great...

by School Of Life on 28 April 2019

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 Just because the enemy himself isn’t visible it doesn’t mean he’s fictional. His manifestation is all around us as we war our way through the day. If we’re to resist his evil forces and walk in victory, we must daily take notice of the traps he sets before us, and deploy biblical strategies...

by School Of Life on 28 April 2019