Posture in Prayer

Posture includes the condition of our spirit and the position of our body. We will not have adequate power in prayer if we do not get our posture right.

By Mark D, Harris

The heart of Christianity is that God, not man (individually or corporately), is the center of existence. He is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and of all things. God contains within Himself all power, glory, knowledge, truth, goodness (righteousness, morality), and ultimately everything that is real inside and outside the created order. He is both near and far away. The One who made space and time is not bound by space and time. God does not hold Himself, and He is certainly not held by someone else, to a standard outside Himself. God is the standard.

The Illusion of Independence

Humans, vain and mortal creatures, yearn to be masters of our own world. We convince ourselves that we are. Our self-righteous protestations of personal power and independence sound funny to anyone with a modicum of insight:

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Beseeching God in Tribulation

In times of deepest trouble, how do we most effectively call on God?

By Mark D, Harris

In Psalm 44, the Sons of Korah beg God for help in dealing with their present trials. The singers are referring to a national trial, probably a defeat in battle during the time of Hezekiah or Josiah, but with existing evidence we cannot be certain. Since the singers make no mention of the destruction of Solomon’s Temple, and since there is no mention of religious persecution, this Psalm is probably set during or after the Babylonian exile.

The Days of Victory

Korah’s sons begin by looking back. Israel had glorious days under the watchful eyes of their loving God. Through His power, Moses delivered the Hebrews from Egypt, Joshua conquered the Promised Land, and David made them into a mighty nation. Verses 1-3 demonstrate that fathers taught their sons for generations about the awesome works of God on their behalf. The sons listened.

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Prayer in Life and Ministry – 1 Timothy 2

The Apostle Paul’s letter to his spiritual son, Timothy, holds powerful truths for us today. Let’s study it together.

By Mark D. Harris

How many of us have ever had a “Sweet Hour of Prayer?” How would our lives be changed if we did? Reflect on the words of the old hymn:

  • Sweet hour of prayer Sweet hour of prayer
  • That calls me from a world of care
  • And bids me at my Father’s throne
  • Make all my wants and wishes known
  • In seasons of distress and grief
  • My soul has often found relief
  • And oft escaped the tempter’s snare
  • By Thy return, sweet hour of prayer
  • Sweet hour of prayer Sweet hour of prayer
  • The joys I feel, the bliss I share
  • Of those whose anxious spirits burn
  • With strong desires for Thy return
  • With such I hasten to the place
  • Where God my Savior shows His face
  • And gladly take my station there
  • And wait for Thee, sweet hour of prayer
  • Sweet hour of prayer Sweet hour of prayer
  • And wait for Thee Sweet hour of prayer

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The Purpose of Prayer

Why pray? When prayers don’t seem to work, and we doubt God, what do we do? May we ask the Lord for a sign in prayer as Gideon did? Answers here…

By Mark D. Harris

A few days ago, our family dog, Serena, found wrapped chocolates that my sons had left in their bedroom. Within minutes, truffles, peppermint patties, and a host of other delectables were gone. The same day, close friends visited from northern Virginia. The chocolate and excitement were too much for Serena, and she couldn’t go to sleep. Instead of sleeping, she barked and barked and barked.

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