Tag Archives: Prayer

God’s Highest Willingness

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“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance.  It is laying hold of his highest willingness.”  Archbishop Trench I find this quote extremely helpful.  My prayers are often based on an unspoken assumption that God must be convinced to answer.  He is not reluctant to answer … Continue reading

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Overcoming Opposition

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Wouldn’t you like to overcome all opposition to your work?  Not that you wouldn’t have any – make no mistake we’ll always have opposition – but that you would be able to get past it and complete the job. Nehemiah is a … Continue reading

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Stand in Awe of God’s Yes

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In the three weeks between Memorial Day and June 8th we celebrated a college graduation, an important medical school milestone, the birth of a baby, and a wedding. The busy days surrounding this convergence of major life events featured a vehicle clogged driveway, re-inhabited bedrooms, and a large and lively crowd … Continue reading

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Don’t Confuse Suffering People with the Problem of Suffering

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Suffering presents us with a theological problem: If God is good and all powerful, then why does he allow people to suffer?  It is a fair question. Here’s another one:  What is the best way to help a friend who is suffering? It is important not … Continue reading

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What is your Heart’s Desire?

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If God visited you tonight and promised to grant you any request, what would you ask for?  Really, what is your heart’s deepest desire? King Solomon was given this very opportunity as he took the throne in ancient Israel.  He apparently understood the formidable … Continue reading

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Under a Canopy on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is our opportunity to remember, honor and thank those who have given their lives in the service of this country.   Culturally, it has also become a nice long early summer weekend to be enjoyed while lining streets for small … Continue reading

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How do you Slice your Prayer Pie?

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At the risk of irreverent over-analysis, I created a pie chart out of the Lord’s Prayer.   I find the visual representation of the prayer that Jesus taught us helpful as I consider the slices of my prayer pie.  Maybe you will too. … Continue reading

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Confident Hope or Wishful Thinking?

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It is my confident hope that spring will one day arrive in Chicago. Sadly, it will not likely be within the next ten days. I have faith that even though I am wearing a wool sweater and boots today and my back yard looks like this… … Continue reading

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Does God Promise Clarity?

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“Lord, please give me clarity…” I’ve prayed that prayer quite a lot lately reasoning that if I am sure of God’s leading I can step forward in confidence. However, in a recent discussion with my daughter about my desire for clarity, she said, “I’m … Continue reading

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Shades of Cancer

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One of the most surprising aspects of surviving cancer was that once it was all over, it wasn’t really all over.  Shades and shadows of cancer remained with me long after the cancer itself was gone. I was euphoric for the … Continue reading

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