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Demanding Prayer
Posted on February 20, 2009

We have been studying prayer in our small group. Specifically we have been studying listening prayer. It is a topic that has grown in importance for me over the last four years or so. So I am a bit sensitized to passages about prayer as I am reading these days. I also live in Tulsa, name it and claim it central, so the topic here has some extra baggage that can make conversations interesting.


This morning I was reading in Psalm 106. In verses 13-15 (NASB95) “They quickly forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel, but craved intensely in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. So He gave them their request, but sent a wasting disease among them.” Every now and then the margin notes in the NASB offers an alternative reading. In verse 15 the alternative is “But sent leanness into their soul.” I love that.

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Hearing God
Posted on February 13, 2009

This came up in my reading this morning (My Utmost for His Highest). The emphasis is added. I have a couple of comments after…


Speak; for Thy servant heareth. 1 Samuel 3:10.

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On Your Own
Posted on February 09, 2009

In the past two Fathers to Sons clinics – wait I have to give you some context. One of the things that I feel is very important in our relationship with Christ is that it is not buffered. What I mean by that is that all of us are to have an intimate, vital, personal relationship with Christ. That means that no one can do that for us. We have to do it ourselves. Much like no one can use a proxy to develop a relationship with our wives for us, so we have to develop our relationship with Christ ourselves. The tools we have for this are primarily the Word, and prayer. Yes, He uses community to challenge, reinforce, and enhance our personal relationship with Him, but the primary thing is that we have to pursue Him for ourselves.


Now back to the original thought – in the clinics the importance of coming to the Word “unfiltered” is stressed. “Unfiltered” means that you come to the Bible without using the notes in your Study Bible, or commentaries. There are numerous reasons for this some of which I cover in the clinic. (One of the best arguments for not going to the notes first or referring to commentaries prior to doing your own work is here.) One of the reasons is described in Hebrews 4:12 as “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” That refers to God’s Word not to words about God’s Word.

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