It’s a Privilege to Pray


God sits on His throne in His temple. Jesus sits beside Him, vigorously pleading for those He loves. For us. The Holy Spirit is there too. On our behalf He utters groans that words cannot express. And then there’s us. Sitting here, yet welcomed into the presence of this Almighty God (Psalm 11:4, Psalm 18:6, Jeremiah 50:34, Hebrews 7:24-25, Romans 8:26-27).

–He invites us to come with confidence (Hebrews 4:16).

–He tells us our prayers are powerful and effective (James 5:16).

–He says pray about anything and everything. When we do He gives us His peace (Philippians 4:5-6).

–He tells us that faith the size of a mustard seed can say to a mountain, –“Move!” and it will move (Matthew 17:20).

–God says He loves us more than we can know and that He is able and willing to do more than we ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:18-20)

It’s a privilege to pray.

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

I had 3 reminders this week to fix my eyes on Jesus.

The first came as I was paddle boarding. I turned my eyes from the buildings in the distance, looked down at the water beneath me, and fell into it. I got on my board and thought where I look makes a difference. Fix your eyes on Jesus flashed across my mind.

The next reminder came while eating dinner at a friend’s house*. This was on their wall:

Then, on Sunday, the very first song we sang at church was “Turn Your Eyes On Jesus.”

So now I remind you. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2).”

*Photo and verse by Lydia Most. Thank you, Lydia!

Peace that Never Ends

Here’s the path to peace that never ends: By prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

Here’s the promise of peace that never ends: Of His peace there will be no end (Isaiah 9:7).

How One Who Knows Prays

God knows our hearts. He searches them (from Luke 16:15; Romans 8:27).

Here’s what He sees: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure (Jeremiah 17:9).”

It’s no surprise that “the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express (Romans 8:26).”