I have been trying to reflect on lessons God has been teaching me throughout the pandemic of 2020. Here’s what I have so far: 1) All plans are tentative 2) Slow down 3) Touch with words 4) Choose to focus on what you still have 5) Life is very fragile 6) The church is … More Actively Wait
I have heard many different whispers from Satan and his coworkers over my lifetime. One of his most persistent whispers has been Mike, you keep on sinning. God is tired of forgiving you—he can’t use you in ministry any longer. Another one I have heard often is Mike, you don’t know what you are doing. … More Battlefield of the mind
When my youngest daughter Sammy became a senior in High School, I asked her how I could pray for her during that entire year. When she asked me to pray that she would improve her relationship with God, I suddenly realized I needed to be more intentional in my spiritual leadership in her life. As … More Pray for your kids!
God wants his children to talk to him about everything. I like how Brother Lawrence, a monk from the 17th Century, challenges us to not limit in any way our conversations with God. “The most holy and necessary practice in our spiritual life is the presence of God. That means finding constant pleasure in His … More Practicing the Presence
Have you ever wondered why God wants us to pray when he already knows what we need and what we are thinking? The answer may be found by looking at human parent–child relationships. God is our heavenly Father, and we are his children. I hate when our children go from being small, wanting to share … More Talk to me my child!
When prayer becomes our priority, we begin praying for everyone we know, even the hard people. Paul insisted to Timothy that “requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone” (1 Timothy 2:1). In the next verse, we see that Paul even includes pagan kings. When George W. Bush was elected president of the United … More I don’t want to pray for him!
Prayer must become one of our life’s highest priorities instead of a last resort. I confess that sometimes, after trying everything else, I have said something like “Well—I guess all we can do now is pray.” My friend David Butts likens this bad theology to a soldier lamenting his lack of a good weapon before … More The Main Thing!
Because we will be talking with God for eternity, it makes sense for us to begin our conversation with him while we are on Earth. We should start these daily conversations the moment we wake up. Our first thoughts should be a prayer instead of us reviling the alarm clock or begging for caffeine. Consider … More I am a stumbling toddler!
Everyone is broken in some way, and life is far too short not to deal with it. An honest description of who I am would be, “Mike is a broken man who is in the process of being healed by Jesus.” Brokenness usually comes from two main sources: We can be broken because someone sinned … More Crying out in a Cornfield