When Should We Stop Praying for a Miracle?

A few years back I was asked to visit a critically ill man to pray for him. When I arrived at the hospital it was clear that the man, in his late 70’s, was near death. He was unconscious and hospital staff had suggested family members come quickly to say their...

No, You Cannot Pray for Me

“Can I pray for you?” It’s a question I am often asked. Just once I’d like to say “no”. I preach and teach at a lot of different churches and there is always someone moved by the sight of my Parkinsons driven tremors to seek me out...

A Wonderful Prayer

May God bless you with discomfort At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, So that you may live deep within your heart. May God bless you with anger At injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, So that you may work for justice, freedom and...

On Prayer #3: Does Prayer Work? Does It Change Anything?

Most of my prayers go unanswered. What am I to make of that? Is the problem me? My prayers? God? Put simply, does prayer work? Jesus seemed to believe that God acts in response to our prayers. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door...

On Prayer #1: Prayer Baffles Me

Prayer baffles me. I know it’s important, and I find myself drawn to pray. But I don’t get it. Here’s why. A few years back I went to a midweek prayer group in a somewhat agitated state. My very old Apple laptop had just frozen for the umpteenth time...

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