Prayer and Warfare

Charlie Contreras

Read: John 5:16-18 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. (v. 16 NIV) When I served as a youth pastor in Southern California, I also volunteered in a local high school as a lunch attendant. It was a great opportunity to serve my community and build relationships with teachers, staff, and students. I really enjoyed praying for the students as I walked around campus. One day as I walked around …

Prayer and Renewal

Charlie Contreras

Read: Titus 3:3-7 He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. (v. 5 NIV)   I attended a prayer meeting with a friend who was struggling with addiction. My friend went forward for prayer and I stayed in my seat and began to think judgmental thoughts. I thought, “I can’t believe he is going forward to ask for …