Hearing the Voice of God? The Skinny on Prayer. Part II and 5 Questions to ask.
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“The Skinny on Prayer.” Part I. Can you Hear Me Now?
What would you add?
My August Political Fast
I needed this. As of last night I came off of my self-imposed Political Fast for the month of August, and honestly I’m not sure I want to go back. By a political fast I mean that I purposefully stayed away from reading anything or listening to anything having to do with the present political races of Hillary and Trump. Really the whole system as well. Sure I was tempted a few times and know that at least once I started down that road of “just to see” what the story behind the latest headline was. But I didn’t fall prey to the calling and got through August with pretty much no political writ, radio, or video. I think I’m healthier for it and not certain I want to go back to my old norm.
This is not to say that I no longer have political thinking. I am not saying that I no longer believer that some politics and laws are just bad. This is not to say that I no longer believe that some candidates are way off and therefore they will be advocating systems and laws which will hurt people.
Yes, I still intellectually and morally believe there is a clear right and wrong. Some candidates get that and others do not. But I also believe that the attention to these issues in the political sphere is no longer as high on my emotional radar screen as they once were. I always knew that the Kingdom of God is the bigger picture. It’s just taken my emotions a while to catch up. While some of these political and legal issues are indeed important; they are just not the “most important.”
So after 31 days of political and social media fasting, I’ve arrived at four things that I do know for sure and four things I plan to do. (more…)
Powerful and Effective
In referring to Elijah of the Old Testament, James makes the observation that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. But I wonder. Even when we find our righteousness in the healing of Christ opposed to our own merit, are our prayers really powerful? Are they truly heard by the God of all creation? Tune in Sunday night at 8p Central as our special guest, Rick Stedman, believes so. Rick founded and for two decades led Adventure Christian Church in Roseville, California. His real desire is getting people connected to God and borrowing from Eugene Peterson, Rick has suggested that the number one job of pastors is to teach their people to pray. Would you agree with that? What other questions about prayer or living out the loving Kingdom of God would you have for Rick? Feel free to send in questions early and join us for the live discussion Sunday night. We will also be giving away a copy of Rick’s new book, Praying the Armor of God. Questions and comments can be taken during the webcast via our SND Google + page or here.