Prayerfully Living Each Moment of the Day

David Muyskens

READ : 1 Thessalonians 5:12-17 Pray without ceasing. (v. 17) In the story “The Way of the Pilgrim” a peasant in Russia hears a sermon on the text “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and goes on a search to find out how to do it. Along the way an old monk teaches him the Jesus Prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.” With constant repetition of this prayer it becomes sewn into the fabric of …

Pray Always

David Muyskens

READ : Luke 18:1-8 . . . need to pray always and not to lose heart. (v. 1) Jesus told the parable of the widow and the unjust judge because of our “need to pray always.” To do that we need specific times of prayer so that we can develop the capacity to be prayerful during the rest of the day. John Calvin wrote about the benefits of praying at set times each day. For Calvin the goal should be …

What to Wear?

David Muyskens

READ : Colossians 3:12-17 Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. (v. 12) A boy was headed up the stairs. His mother asked him where he was going. The boy replied, “I’m going up to my room to change my attitude.” Paul told the Colossians to put on a new suit of clothing, a new attitude. Put off your old ways, he wrote to them, and instead wear compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Fear, anxiety, and anger …

Waiting on God

David Muyskens

READ : Psalm 62 For God alone my soul waits in silence. (v. 1) I don’t like to wait. I am unhappy when I get caught in heavy traffic, when I have to stand in a long line at the post office, when my computer takes seemingly forever to process something. When packing for a trip I always make sure I have something to read in the times of waiting at the airport or between events. Waiting is really boring …

Prayer Is Saying "I Love You Too"

David Muyskens

READ : Isaiah 43:1-4 You are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you. (v. 4) Read Isaiah 43:1-4 again, this time using your personal name in place of Jacob and Israel. In the Bible God says to us again and again, “I love you.” Prayer is our way of saying “I love you too.” The great classic of Christian spirituality, The Cloud of Unknowing, speaks eloquently about the prayer in which we do nothing but offer God …

The Prayer of Surrender

David Muyskens

READ : Philippians 2:1-8 Christ Jesus . . . emptied himself. (vv. 5-7) When I pray the agenda is God’s—not mine. The pouring out of our hearts in prayer is an emptying of ourselves to be open to receive what God wants of us. This is the mind of Christ, who did not pursue equality with God but “emptied himself” to be a humble servant, obedient to God (Philippians 2:5-8). The attitude of prayer is surrender. Rather than grasping what …