Being Broken Isn’t The Worst Thing That Can Happen To You

“Break up your fallow ground, and do not sow among thorns.” Jeremiah 4:3 I’m going through a season of breaking in my life. It happens often. Each of these seasons have looked a bit different, but three things remain constant: It’s always uncomfortable. (That’s actually a bit of an understatement. Unpleasant, distressing, and downright painful is probably a more accurate description.) My attitude fluctuates…

Lord, Teach Us To Pray: Follow the Leader

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Luke 11:4 It started with a request: “Lord, teach us to pray.” And the end is much like the beginning. In the rich tapestry that is our prayer lives where we learn to communicate with our Father we become like children: we learn the language of listening and total…

Lord, Teach Us To Pray: Finding True Freedom

Forgive us our sins,     for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. Luke 11:4a Forgiveness is a difficult subject to write about for two reasons: The first may be a bit obvious: I’m still struggling with it. It dredges up the tender, broken places within and forces me to deal with all of those things I thought I’ve let…

Lord, Teach Us To Pray: The Art of Humility

Give us day by day our daily bread. Luke 11:3 There are no self-made men (or women). I hope this offends you. That it upsets the balance and of the carefully thought out Western world view that some people win or lose by the grit of their teeth and pulling up their bootstraps. That “happiness comes from within.” But I…

Lord, Teach Us To Pray: The What of Prayer

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Luke 11:2b The ever-elusive, oh-so-mysterious “will of God” seems to be a constant source of confusion, anxiety, and frustration in Christian circles. And yet, this is what Jesus would have us pray: for our Father’s will to be done. But WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN??? Oh,…

Lord, Teach Us To Pray: The Who of Prayer

And He said to them, “When you pray, say, ‘Our Father, hallowed be Your name.’” Luke 11:2 When Jesus gave the primer on prayer, He started with a who. All epic romances begin in such a way, do they not? There are two who’s, connecting and relating and sharing and communicating. Teaching and growing and laughing and weeping and loving. And…

Lord, Teach Us to Pray: Jesus, Our Example

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1 I didn’t always love to pray. I think I had a fundamental misunderstanding of what “prayer” was for many years. It felt unnatural and formal. How many thous and thys did…