Pastoral Series

Prayer: In the middle of the night

Prayer: In the Middle of the Night    Psalm 63, which we explored on Monday, takes a surprising, intriguing turn in verse 6.  “My soul is feasted… my mouth praises” – but when?  “When I think of thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the watches of the night.”  The word...

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Prayer: Seeking, not Possessing

Prayer: Seeking, not Possessing Got Jesus? is a question, almost a dare, I’ve seen posed by posters and sweatshirts.  I want to respond, I hope he’s got me.  But a better answer might be Not yet.  Psalm 63 epitomizes what the spiritual life is all about:  I seek thee, my soul thirsts for...

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Prayer: Holiness

Prayer: Holiness    Praying in the temple one day, Isaiah “saw the Lord sitting upon a throne” – and also angelic creatures flying and singing “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:1-3). Our greatest confusion about prayer is that...

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Prayer: Teach us to Pray

Prayer: Teach us to Pray    “We do not know how to pray as we ought” (Romans 8:26); “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1).  The disciples asked Jesus to teach them because they had seen him, off by himself, praying – and they wanted in on whatever he had.  He responded by sharing...

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