Tag Archives: prayer

The Difference Prayer Makes

Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve—designating them apostles—that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. Mark 3:13-15 My friend and college dorm mate, Phil Nichols, […]

Faith in God

Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.” Mark 11:22-23 Did Jesus give us a blank check for our […]

Your Will Be Done

Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:35-36 In the moments before Jesus was arrested, He gave us […]

Marked by Prayer

They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” Mark 14:32 If your life is marked by prayer, then prayer will be your constant companion in crucial moments. If you’re grateful in ordinary times, you’ll be grateful in times of loss and stress. If you grumble […]

Alone in Prayer

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35 Picture the scene. On Saturday, the Sabbath, Jesus ministered in the Capernaum synagogue and cast out a demon. He then healed Peter’s mother-in-law in her home. Next, from […]

Where Jesus Is Present

“That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.” Mark 1:32–34 On February 9, […]

When the Trial Is Over

A little girl asked her Sunday School teacher why Jesus first came to His disciples in the Garden and said, “Watch and pray,” but the last time He just said, “Sleep on and take your rest.” (See Matthew 26:41–45.) The teacher did not immediately respond. Then the child spoke again. “I think I know. It […]

10 Key Moments When Jesus Prayed

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1). People sometimes ask me, “Why should I pray? The Lord knows everything that is going to happen anyway, so do my prayers make a difference?” The fundamental answer to that question is: “Jesus told […]

The Way of Interdependence

When we don’t have power, we tend to argue. But, our arguments don’t solve the pressing needs of those who are looking to us. Argument (other than a wholesome apologetic such as the apostle Paul’s) produces neither the fruit nor the gifts of the Spirit. At the foot of the Mount of Transfiguration, the powerless […]