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Prayer to Know God’s Will

Prayer to Know God’s Will

Do you ever wonder what God wants you to do? We might think God’s will must be something complicated so that’s why we don’t even try. That’s sad, isn’t it? Because then we miss our purpose as well. For a long time, I’ve been trying to figure out the simplest way to know God’s will for me. And, yes, it’s prayer, of course. But what kind of prayer, right? Let’s find out. And then, just the other day, I came…

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How to Receive Grace

How to Receive Grace

Do you feel that God’s grace is not for you? That somehow you don’t qualify to receive it? The only way you don’t qualify is that you’re absolutely sinless and hence don’t need it. But there is not a person alive who is sinless. And Jesus pre-approved you personally on the cross. You’re all set to receive grace upon grace. God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! (Titus 2:11, MSG) Okay, so God’s grace is…

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Do Not Give Up, Look Up to God Instead!

Do Not Give Up, Look Up to God Instead!

Today I was encouraged by the Old Testament prophet Micah. Times were tough for him and we could say the same for us too. It’d be easy to lose hope and give up. But Micah presses on, he tells us “Do not give up”. This culture of gloom is not going to say the last word. God is doing amazing things. But me, I’m not giving up.    I’m sticking around to see what God will do.I’m waiting for God to make things right.    I’m…

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The Holy Spirit Touches Our Hearts in Prayer

The Holy Spirit Touches Our Hearts in Prayer

Have you ever felt the touch of the Holy Spirit? If you have, there is nothing the world can do or say to you to make you quit believing. When the Holy Spirit convinces you Jesus is alive, you know it for certain. Most often the Holy Spirit speaks softly, without a fanfare. Sure, God can make also loud statements. But most often the Holy Spirit touches our hearts while we pray and worship God. Yes, we are told to…

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We Never Approach Jesus in Vain

We Never Approach Jesus in Vain

Do you need some hope for the New Year? I think we all do. We’re starting a new year and now that we’ve reviewed all that needs to be done, the tasks seem a bit daunting. We need the courage to begin and hope to lift our spirits, right? So I was delighted to see this phrase by Päivö Parviainen on Facebook: “We never approach Jesus in vain.” How true, how encouraging, how uplifting. How so, you ask. Let me…

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How to Complain without Sinning

How to Complain without Sinning

The book of Numbers might not be the most exciting book in the Bible but it served as a mirror for me today. It made me question my habits of complaining. Do I do what Moses did or do I follow the example of the Israelites? I want to know how to complain without sinning. How about you? Soon the people began to complain about their hardship, and the Lord heard everything they said. (Numbers 11:1, NLT,*) The Israelites were unhappy about…

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Prayer Requires Action

Prayer Requires Action

Recently, I heard someone saying ‘Christians are stupid when they think prayer changes things’. He thought Christians only pray and do nothing. But that’s not the way prayer works. Praying does not mean we sit on our hands the rest of the time. It’s not an excuse to do nothing. We are to go forward in faith. First, we pray as it all depended on God, then we work as everything depended on us. Because prayer requires action. Prayer is…

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Licensed to Pray

Licensed to Pray

Do you know that as a child of God you’re also a special agent of God? Yes, you’re called to do good in this world. And you’re empowered to do so by God’s grace. One of the most important tools in this is prayer. You are licensed to pray, to ask God anything in Jesus’ name. “This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask…

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How to Stay the Course

How to Stay the Course

When things get tough, we are tempted to quit. But as it’s the darkest moment right before the dawn, the best things come for those who stay the course anyhow. Okay, you say. You want to do so but how on earth are you able to do so? That is the question, isn’t it? Let’s find out. The best thing to do is to stay in God’s presence. If you run, you lose. But if you stay, you win. So…

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Forward in Faith

Forward in Faith

We live in uncertain times for sure. It’s hard to plan but we can’t stop living. So we need to move forward in faith. Sure, it’s easier said than done but it is possible. It all starts with prayer. Always with prayer. And it continues with prayer. Always with prayer. You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking…

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