Sunday Follow-Up: Inspiration for Prayer

Yesterday’s message by Pastor Chelsey, “God’s Comfort,” sort of answered the “why bother to pray” question. We say sort of because the real intent was to get at what Paul was teaching about God in prayer, and the first byproduct of that discussion is why prayer matters…

Pastor Chelsey offers some further reflections on Paul’s experience of God’s comfort through prayer on her blog.

Tim Challies responds to a reader’s question about why he should continue to pray and intercede when answers don’t seem to be coming. Read it to be encouraged in the many ways prayer works at our spiritual formation.

And take a moment to reflect on an excerpt and short video from Brennan Manning’s book, All is Grace. Prayer has taken on a whole new level of real in his life.

This post is a follow-up to a sermon preached at Christ Community Church on January 20, 2013. It provides inspiration for prayer.


New year, new you?

New Year’s resolutions has its roots in a religious ceremony practiced by the Babylonians, but like many things religious, it’s grown into something much more widely practiced by the secular world. (We Christians feel this ever so sharply every time we see a bunny at Easter, for instance.)

The act of taking stock of your life and how you’re living isn’t a bad idea, especially since we are always on the journey of faith and sanctification. So shouldn’t our resolutions, plans and goals be at least a little different than the rest of the world’s?

To get you reflecting here are some examples from other Christians.
In this short devotional by Brenda Wood from November, you’ll find less of an actual set of resolutions and more of a mindset for all of life.
Shane Claiborne shares his hopes for 2013 over at Red Letter Christians.
And Mark McIntyre’s Reluctant Resolutions are going to be the kind you’re going to want to emulate.

In 2013, may you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour!

This post applies to the Christian life and discipleship and discusses resolutions and goals.