I felt I needed more insight into how prayer shapes the church. Prayer delivered great insight and engaging personal stories that made the material encouraging yet practical.
Jesus takes the total abandonment of God in a way that is beyond human comprehension so that we can experience a love that is beyond human comprehension.
In our life, there will be suffering. There will be injustice. There will be pain. Our life is fundamentally seasonal at its core. There are times when the sun is shining in our world, and there are times when it’s so foggy, cold and nasty that we believe that’s indicative of who God is. But how does Habakkuk change? How does he go from staring suffering in the face to having a song on his lips? He knows his God.
If someone you knew was unjustly arrested, how would you feel? If someone you know was prosecuted for a crime that they didn’t commit, how would you respond? If a child in your family was secretly taken advantage of, what would you do? I can answer for you. You’d do something. You’d want justice.
Doubt is something that we consider to be the extinguisher of faith, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be the very thing that enhances it. So why does doubt scare us? It scares us because we see it as being a paved pathway to full-out disbelief, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s actually the best pathway to honest dialogue.
Lord Jesus, we thank you that you purchased us with your blood. Help us to be those who remember that because you are the lamb who was slain for all of our wrongs that you deserve all of our worship. In Christ’s name. Amen.
Urban Apologetics by Christopher Brooks gives us a framework for how believers are to engage culture without suppressing convictions in the urban context.
Father, we are those that can be bold in sinning but shy in confessing. Help us to remember that you are more gracious than we are grimy, more merciful than we are messy and more compassionate than we are conniving.
Prayer is as necessary to the Christian as breathing is to the human body—but it often doesn’t come…
Read in order to understand. Read in order to hope. Or read in order, like Jackie, to be made new.