I recently finished Pastor Timothy Keller’s latest book, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, and wow. What a phenomenal work. It’s got a permanent place in my library, now, folks, and I highly recommend it to each of you.
As a Christian, and especially as a worship pastor, I believe prayer is of utmost importance, but I’ve always struggled with it. That’s why 2014 was the year of prayer for me. I pray everyday, but I made it a personal goal to find the prayer life God had for me.
I read two books last year that had an impact on my prayer life:
- A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul Miller
- Deeper Places: Experiencing God in the Psalms by Matthew Jacoby
I’d recommend them both to you without hesitation, but Keller’s book is the one that’s left the most lasting impression on me.
Keller provides the reader with a deeper understanding of what prayer is scripturally and historically, as well as what it is not. And he gives practical tools that focus your prayers on God, rather than your own needs and wants.
In the couple of weeks since I finished the book, I have applied Keller’s wisdom, and I’ve seen the difference. In all honesty, I’ve experienced God in my prayer time in ways that I never have before.
There’s no magic here. Keller simply points us to Scripture as our source for the power of prayer.
A great blog on waiting – something I know a little about – from my good friend Darren Sutton. It was a good word for me, and I think it will be for you, too.
And with those words, Jesus rocked my world through Katie’s wisdom once again!
Our family has been in a holding pattern for a LOT longer than we ever anticipated when this journey was thrust upon us by God. And it was very evident early on that it would be a significant wait…much like that time you went to the doctor’s office and got there on time for your early-morning appointment and still missed an entire day of work.
You remember the appointment, right? A minor annoyance at first, you watched the clock and wondered exactly how long you’d be there. As you settled in to an uncomfortable seat and hoped you wouldn’t catch what anyone else had, you began to plan out your adjusted calendar for the day. As you realized even the most well-adjusted calendar wouldn’t be happening THAT day, you sent a few…
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As is Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness. – Psalm 48:10
This morning, I was struck by the words of this Psalm: “As is Your name, O God, so is Your praise…” The power, the majesty, the immensity of the name of God overwhelms. His name holds power throughout the universe. His hand is evident all over creation.
Even so is His praise. If we don’t praise Him, every rock, in every corner of the earth, every star, every galaxy, everything that is proclaims the glory of its Creator. There is no escaping His praise. There is no way He will not be praised.
To the ends of the earth, praise Him!