31 Days of Prayer: Day Four – Why prayer without work is presumption

15-black-green-tech“We prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.” (Nehemiah 4:9)

Is it possible to value prayer too highly? No. Is it possible to pray too much? No. But…

What if our focus on prayer somehow leads us to neglect other kinds of action through which God might work?

The book of Nehemiah records God’s people embarking on their efforts to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in 445 BC (after their return from exile). As governor of the people, Nehemiah bore a special responsibility for leading the work. Continue reading

31 Days of Prayer: Day One – The Power of God

World In God's Hands‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17)

Our understanding of prayer will never be bigger than our understanding of God.

I know it’s a cliché, but the place to begin reflecting on prayer is by focusing again on the character of God. In particular, we’ll start by focusing on God’s power. We pray to a God who is able to do all things. Continue reading