When we were young, our mothers read us Bible stories. Remember the “Bible Hero” books?
I read dozens of them to my children.
Don’t you love the Bible stories? Adam and Eve, Noah and the Ark, Abraham and Sarah, Rahab and the spies, Joshua and the Battle of Jericho, Jacob’s Ladder…the list goes on and on.
But if you asked me to tell you my all time favorite, it would have to be the story of David and Goliath.
I can’t help but wonder what it might have been like to have been a soldier when one giant could held the entire Israelite army captive in fear! But more amazing than that was the faith of a shepherd boy who took the same giant down with a simple slingshot and stone!
But here’s my only problem with children’s Bible “heroes.” Because the stories have been “approved for general audiences” their “G-rated” versions fail to “tell the whole...
In this article you will learn 6 reasons your prayers aren’t working, and how to fix what’s wrong. If your prayers seem to be hindered, most likely you are dealing with one or more of these issues. As you read, you might recognize the issue in your own prayer life. When you do, confess and repent of what you were doing wrong and your prayer life will explode in power.
Why aren’t my prayers working?
Of course there are barriers to prayer. Here are a few that I have identified in my own life.
This is the barrier Jesus mentioned when he taught his disciples to pray.
“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15
Think about the implication of this verse. Jesus said, that if we forgive others, His Father will forgive us. But, if we do not forgive...
I don’t ever tire of this subject.
Can you hear God speak to you specifically or does He only speak in generalities?
Most people have responded to my video on Facebook with this answer: BOTH!
“I’ve had both…”
“I feel He does both…”
I agree, God does speak to us both specifically and generally. And because most of us have a pretty good grasp on how God speaks to us through His Word, through worship, and through other believers, let’s talk a bit more about how He speaks to us in His still small voice. I’m traveling in Israel as I write this and we just came down from Mt. Carmel where God spoke to Elijah the prophet and Elijah called down fire from heaven that consumed his offering even after he soaked it with water.
I’d say God spoke to Elijah specifically and Elijah was confident he’d heard God’s voice. I’d like to have a prayer life like Elijah’s! But...
The short answer is, “Of course not!”
But there are times when it certainly feels like he does.
Like that time when…
Her daughter decided to marry that guy in spite of their warnings, and then severed her relationship with her family completely (even though she and her mother had been the best of friends for years!).
Or, the time when…
She died anyway—even after the entire church prayed believing she would be healed.
Or what about that time when…
She just knew God had told her that her baby would live and he defied the doctor’s prediction and was born alive…on Christmas day…but died less than an hour after he took his first breath.
The list could go on and on and on. I would imagine that if your son has married a girl who won’t let you see your grandchildren or your husband left with his secretary or your doctor told you that you have something terrible that is...