Monthly Archives: January 2011

The light of the world

In my church, FBC San Antonio, we are reading John 9 this week.  What did Jesus mean when He said that He was “the light of the world”?  Did He have Psalm 119:105 in mind?  Thy word is a lamp/light … Continue reading

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His will and mine

One of the most difficult things about prayer is to honestly answer the question: “Am I willing to do His will?”.  Until I can answer yes, real prayer is impossible.  God’s requirements on my life are frequently things I do … Continue reading

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A Life that points to God

To pray for God’s name to be hallowed is to pray for all people to perceive God with accuracy and reverence.  One of the ways this happens is for them to see God in us.  In Romans 2:24, Paul says, … Continue reading

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What do you expect?

When we pray, “Thy Kingdom come”, we are praying about the future as we hope and expect it to be. (If it is to come, it isn’t here yet).  From partial to full, gradually over time,  we ask God to bring … Continue reading

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From the evil one

“Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”. (1 Peter 5:8) When Jesus prayed, “Deliver us from evil”, He used an adjective rather than a noun.  He was thinking of an evil person rather … Continue reading

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A new me

When Jesus said that I should repent (Mark 1:15),  He used a word that means “to think again”, “to change the way I think and what I think about”.  The most powerful tool for this deep transformation is prayer.   When … Continue reading

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To God be the glory

At the end of His prayer, Jesus taught us to say (and think), “for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory”.  None of us have any real power.  In a universe as vast as ours, we are small!!  We can’t claim … Continue reading

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I will lift up my eyes

I went for a walk last night.  Cold.  Clear.  Bright stars.  Didn’t say much to the Lord.  Mostly looked up.  Up past the stars.  Thought about God.  Wondered how I can go days, sometimes, and not really look up,  why I get … Continue reading

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Prayer and Forgiveness

“But I have prayed for you. . .and when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”  (Luke 22:32)  When Jesus teaches us to forgive , it includes prayer for recovery.  Knowing that Peter would fall away was motivation for Jesus.  Despite His disappointment, He … Continue reading

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Please and Thank you

“Does it bother you that the Lord doesn’t say please or thank you in His prayer?”  The question came last week from a friend.  Honestly, I had never thought about it.  The answer is that the Lord’s Prayer is not all … Continue reading

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