Prayer Is Never Purely Private

David Muyskens

READ : Psalm 95:1-7 Let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! (v. 6) Prayer is never purely a private affair. To a superficial observer it may look as though we are closing in on ourselves when we pray in solitude. But the truth is just the opposite. Prayer brings us into contact with God. Far from being alone, we enter communion with the One who is the Source of all. We communicate with the One in whose love we …

Out-voting Self

David Muyskens

READ : Matthew 16:24-26 “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves.” (v. 24) For a long time the way voice votes in meetings have been taken is that those who favor a motion say “Aye,” and those who are against it say “Nay.” The presider listens and the loudest side wins the vote. If the positive side has won, the chair traditionally declares, “The ayes have it.” It’s another sort of “I” vote that too often …

Multitasking

David Muyskens

READ : Isaiah 30:15-18 In quietness and in trust shall be your strength. (v. 15) With a telephone headset I can be doing other things as I am talking on the phone. I can be writing on my computer, planning an event, cooking a meal, drinking a cup of coffee, checking my schedule on my BlackBerry, and conversing with someone—all at the same time. We call this multitasking. It has become a way of life in our 21st century society. …

The Ministry of Intercession

David Muyskens

READ : Romans 8:22-27 The Spirit helps us in our weakness. (v. 26) Our prayers of intercession grow out of a deep desire that God’s will be done. We allow the Holy Spirit to author our prayers. The Spirit prompts us. Romans 8:26 says, “We do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” Being an intercessor is not a matter of telling God what you think is best …

Intercessory Prayer

David Muyskens

READ : Luke 11:9-13 Ask, and it will be given you. (v. 9) She was a middle-aged woman rethinking her priorities after losing her elderly mother. I conducted the funeral for her mother, who was a woman of faith. The mother had loved her large family and was esteemed by her children and her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After the funeral the daughter came to me and said, “I know that Mother prayed for each of us every day. Her …

The Indwelling Presence

David Muyskens

READ : Galatians 2:19-21 Christ who lives in me. (v. 20) In prayer I celebrate and appreciate the indwelling presence of Christ. This is the gift Jesus spoke of when he told his disciples, “Abide in me, as I abide in you” (John 15:4). It is the gift Paul talked about when he said, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). My idea of God for a long time was the image …