Prayer – The Battle Being Fought

WARNING: This post is much longer than normal. For the quick answer, scroll to the bottom where it says “Conclusion,” and then come back when you have time to read the details!

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Found this image online, loved it, can’t find the original artist. If you are the artist, I’ll gladly give you credit!

“I just read your original prayer post and the phrase about God wanting to give us the ‘desires of our heart’ towards the end is a concept I have been struggling with. I am not sure I believe it…is this something we should be hoping in as much as we seem to?” ~AH

This question was asked by a friend after reading an earlier post on prayer, and it’s probably one of the most important ones Christians should ask on the subject, because we have all thought about it one way or the other, but many of us are afraid to ask it out loud for fear of being seen as ungrateful or even ungodly. Continue reading

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#InsightsFromFiction

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What do you value about fiction? How has fiction impacted your life? -MM

This was submitted by a friend on my Ideas? page and was one that I felt had a lot to offer to the Christ follower and their walk.

A while ago I started tweeting quotes from fiction books I read with the hashtag of “#InsightsFromFiction” (I’ve done, like, 30 of these, but when I looked it up it only shows the most absolute recent ones… oh don’t worry, I’m writing my Senator about this outrage…). This hashtag was a response to what seemed like an unusual amount of negative feedback, within a short amount of time, I was getting from people in my life about (a) the pointlessness of fiction or (b) how it had nothing significant to contribute to the reader or (c) it was a waste of time (really all three points are basically the same…but I like to rephrase stuff for maximum impact…do you feel impacted? Mission accomplished).  Continue reading

Prayer – An Act of Creating

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God knows everything and so why should we pray? Do we need to pray if he already knows all?   -SC

This is probably one of the most important questions to be answered that I’ve come across. This was asked by a friend using the Ideas? page and it’s one that plagued me for years.

Some of this has been addressed in my previous post on prayer, so I would ask that you read that one first before diving into this one, since I’ll be building on what I said there. The part I’m going to focus a little more in this post is the “why” part in the question above. Why should we pray?  Continue reading