How to Pray like a Pharisee

“The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’”—Luke 18:11-12 (ESV) When you hear the “Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector,” you

Prayer is Submitting to God

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”—James 4:7 (ESV). James opens the fourth chapter of his epistle with a question, “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? He then shoots us a no-nonsense, between-the-eyes response: “Is it not this, that your passions are at war within

Prayer is not a Monologue

“Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”—James 1:18 (ESV) Matthew George Easton (1823-1894) was a smart guy who not only spoke to God directly, but also wrote a bible dictionary. In it, he defined prayer as a “converse

The Stripping Away

“My God, my God why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?”—Psalm 22:1 (ESV).   I must confess, I have of late developed a glaring dislike for prayer meetings, praise and worship sessions and overnight prayers. The dishonesty that goes on in those ‘religious

The Power of Prayer

Note: This is a talk I gave during the Overnight Prayers on 31st December, 2014 at St. Stephen’s Church, Nansana, Kampala-Uganda.  The assignment I have been given is ‘The Power of Prayer.’ But since I am not able to give you a ‘guide on how to have a powerful prayer’ (that is God’s dominion), I

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