All posts in " prayer "

    Being alone with God – fully yourself

    By Dave Henning / July 8, 2017

    “Being alone with God, you can fully be yourself.”- John Ortberg “When you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”- Matthew 6:6 In Chapter 15 of The Me I Want to Be, John […]


      God – the constant gracious listener

      By Dave Henning / July 3, 2017

      “God is the constant gracious listener to our every thought, and prayer begins when we bring what we most naturally think about before God.”- John Ortberg “But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”- Philippians 4:6 (ESV) As John Ortberg concludes Chapter 11 of The Me […]


        A ‘stained-glass’ image of prayer

        By Dave Henning / July 2, 2017

        “Countless people . . . have such a ‘stained-glass’ image of prayer that they fail to recognize what they are experiencing as prayer and so condemn themselves for not praying.”- Richard Foster, Prayer (1992) In  Chapter 11 (“Let Your Talking Flow Into Praying”) of The Me I Want to Be, John Ortberg asks, “How is […]


          Listening to God on behalf of another

          By Dave Henning / May 27, 2017

          “Listening to God on behalf of another may be one of the greatest gifts we can offer each other in the body of Christ.”- John Eldredge In the Fall section of Walking with God, John Eldredge states a really, really helpful place to begin prayer involves asking God what to pray.  Too many times, John […]


            The discipline of lament- honesty about pain

            By Dave Henning / April 2, 2017

            ” . . . the discipline of lament requires going backward with God to process our pain, and it asks us to be honest about our pain in the present.”- Esther Fleece “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to […]


              Some assembly required

              By Dave Henning / September 22, 2016

              ” ‘Some assembly required.’  Not the most welcome sentence, but an honest one.”- Max Lucado Max Lucado begins Chapter 4 (“I Need Help”) of Before Amen by observing that life comes as an unassembled gift.  Therefore, rather than force the pieces of life to fit, take those pieces to Jesus. Mary, the mother of Jesus, took that […]


                God’s unrivaled goodness

                By Dave Henning / September 21, 2016

                “God’s unrivaled goodness undergirds everything else we can say about prayer.”- Max Lucado “Before you face the world, face your Father.”- Max Lucado In Chapter 3 (“You Are Good”) of Before Amen, Max Lucado tells of a recent flight he took the encountered extreme turbulence.  However, Max remained calm because he knew the pilot- a […]


                  Forget greatness; seek littleness

                  By Dave Henning / September 20, 2016

                  “Forget greatness; seek littleness.  Trust more, strut less.”- Max Lucado Max Lucado begins Chapter 2 (“Father . . . Daddy”) of Before Amen by telling of the time his eldest daughter, Jenna, flubbed her piano piece at a recital.  Midway through her piece, she forgot the next part.  When her mental block broke, she completed […]


                    Prayer- the hand of faith

                    By Dave Henning / September 18, 2016

                    “Prayer is the hand of faith on the door handle of your heart.  The willing pull.  The happy welcome to Jesus.”- Max Lucado In Chapter 1 (“The Pocket Prayer”) of Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer, Pastor Max Lucado states that “we all pray . . . some.”  However, Max asks, wouldn’t we […]


                      Strong enough?

                      By Dave Henning / August 22, 2016

                      “I know that I’m not strong enough to be everything I’m supposed to be.”- Matthew West “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”- Philippians 4:13 “Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands- and then just eat one of the pieces.”- Judith Viorst, children’s […]


                        At peace with yourself

                        By Dave Henning / July 25, 2016

                        “Be at peace with yourself and then you will be able to bring peace to others.”- Thomas A Kempis In Chapter 12 (“I’m Angry at Myself”) of Anger, Dr. Gary Chapman begins by listing reason you may not be at peace with yourself.  When we experience anger at ourselves, it is because we: perceive ourselves […]


                          Chain reaction of faith

                          By Dave Henning / July 1, 2016

                          “But the chain reaction of faith defies gravity, defies the imagination.”- Mark Batterson In Chapter 25 (“I Dwell in Possibility”) of If, Mark Batterson states that before every breakthrough, someone first had to imagine the impossible.  In fact, Pastor Batterson emphatically asserts, what if is not optional if God is for us.  Mark’s prayer is […]

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