Widows, orphans, the poor, refugees… These are people whose lives have taken unexpected turns. They are all suffering in various ways. And if you’ve read the Bible, you know God has a special place in his heart for them. He cares about the downtrodden, the outsider, the stranger, the lonely.
Romans 8:28 is one of those well-known and often-quoted verses which many of us have drawn on when faced with tragedies, challenges or adversity. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV) Most translations follow the NA28/UBS5 Greek working text which is based on the majority of manuscript readings and is usually translated in English as, “And we know that…all things work …
Kirk first encountered the prayer covenant way back in 1967. Since then, he has preached and taught the concept, started the 40 Day Prayer Covenant ministry, and entered into more than 9,000 agreements to pray for others. According to the 40 Day Prayer Covenant website, the prayer covenant is a “process and a prayer anchored in Scriptures.”
The Bible is crystal clear on prayer. Along with Bible reading, it is the fundamental practice of the Christian life. Paul encourages us in his first letter to the Thessalonians to pray continuously (1 Thess 5:17) and we read in Acts that the first gathering of Christians was marked by the fact that, “they all joined together constantly in prayer” (Acts 1:14).
Jesus Himself prayed and heard God say, “No.” As you may remember, it was in the Garden of Gethsemane. Faced with the pain, anguish, and torture of the cross, He cried out, “Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36). He made this urgent, passionate request not once but three times. And yet, God refused to take the cup away. And Jesus submitted to His will.
My name is Justin Masterson and you probably don’t know who I am. Don’t feel bad. When I tell you that God has blessed me with 12 years in professional baseball, almost eight of those years in the Major Leagues, you might be impressed. That is if you’re a baseball fan. I don’t mind if you’re not a fan. I’m not really a big fan either. To be honest, I would rather play the game than watch it. Playing baseball …
I once heard prayer described as being God-conscious 24-hour a day. I like that. To me, prayer is part of what it means to have a two-way relationship with God.