Child-like Prayers

Child-like Prayers

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” (Mt 6:7). There is a type of educated, well-meaning Christian man who has worked hard to learn many things theological. He knows his Bible and can...
I Hereby Don’t Resolve

I Hereby Don’t Resolve

There’s an expression I once heard—or maybe I made it up, I can’t recall—that goes: Resolutions are made to be broken because they rely on me. Prayers are made to be answered because they rely on God.  I suppose I’ve broken most New Years’ resolutions I ever made...
The Morning Routine

The Morning Routine

I got up and got out all of my important things one recent, sunshiny dawn—Bible, prayer list, devotional, glasses so I could read any of the aforementioned—preparing to start my day like many others, with God, immersing myself in the water of life (Jn 4:14)....
Music to His Ears

Music to His Ears

I am in vocational ministry, therefore I pray well. I realize that does not necessarily follow. What it does do, however, is reflect my early-on notion about the prayer mastery of all those other ministry mortals out there; that is, before I joined their ranks and...
A Good Exercise

A Good Exercise

I cannot sleep. I am thankful for many things—just so you know—but this night I have chosen to lie here and rehearse a compendium of gripes. Every. Bad. Thing. Somehow that seems to fit my mood and it goes as follows: I don’t like getting rained on. Or the way I...
A Morning Transformation

A Morning Transformation

Back in my business days, this was my story: Why do I have to go to work today of all days? I’ve got a thousand other things going on, plus or minus. Not to mention, work has become drudgery! My boss is a pistol—on his good days. I’m bored silly—on my good days. What...