Whatever You Request: Say a Prayer for Prosperity

“Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.” John 14:11-14

Sometimes when we read this passage in traditional translations, we only hear Jesus say, “Whatever you request, I’ll do it.”

That can produce a lot of skepticism! You hear people say, “Oh really, so if I want a Mercedes Benz, all I have to do is ask Jesus, and I’ll get one?”  Or, “I can pray to win the lottery, and if I really believe I’m going to win, then I will?” Continue reading

Sacrifice

Do you see someone skilled in their work?
They will serve before kings. (Proverbs 22:29)

Sacrifice is an intimidating word, but I’m here to tell you that it is a major component of success. God wants you to give some of what you earn to help others. That’s your sacrifice. He wants you to give cheerfully, but that shouldn’t be hard. After all, He’s promised to give you what you need.

It’s amazing, when you think about it, the way God has made the world. He doesn’t need people to push the Gospel. He could do it however He wants to do it. But that’s the way He set things up. He wants people to bring the Gospel to the nations. He wants us to use our own resources to love our neighbor. This is genius! It’s how we learn to serve. Continue reading

Ask Me and I’ll Help You

Continuing this week with my reflections on prayer:

Prayer is a really important part of our work to end human trafficking.  We have access to God, and God knows the best way to succeed in ending slavery forever.  We can ask Him, and He’ll help us.  So we should ask.  Success will come so much sooner!

Wounded Prayer

Last week, Jill asked how prayer fits with grace.  My podcast this week deals with prayer, and here’s Part I:

Next time, we talk about how prayer helps in the fight to end slavery.

Please keep the questions coming.  I love seeing them and I’m looking forward to offering some thoughts!  Thanks for listening, and I’ll see you next Monday.

What Should I Pray For?

My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5

Happy New Year! Last time, I promised to describe the meaning that the Book of Proverbs had for me in the 2012 postseason.

During the playoffs, there were a lot of guys playing through injuries, including me. We were all tired. And we had to use everybody in the playoffs this year. There was a new guy every day. And that was huge for us, for the whole team. There was a lot of weight on everybody’s shoulders. We didn’t rely on just one guy to carry us. We relied on everybody.

I relied a lot on knowing and hearing God. Continue reading

World Series 2012: Who Is God’s Favorite Team?

If the Almighty God backed your team in one of the biggest contests in sports, it would be an unmistakable advantage. So who does God favor to win the World Series? I don’t know! I think that’s one of the ultimate questions to ponder.

Ministers struggle with the question of whether God takes sides in sports. They have such a hard time answering it that they kind of give up. They say, “You know what? I don’t know if God necessarily cares if you win or lose. I think He cares about your heart and how you are as a person.”

I’ve thought about that. And I can’t accept it! Continue reading

The Answered Prayer

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14: 12-14

Do you see that? Right there in the Gospel of John, the Bible says you will receive anything you pray for!  But I mean, really?

Even in the world of a believer, there’s a lot of skepticism about this promise. You hear people say, “Oh really, you’re telling me that if I just pray, ‘God, I want a Mercedes Benz,’ and believe I’m going to get it, then I’ll get it?”  Or, “I can pray to win the lottery, and if I really believe I’m going to win, then I will?” Continue reading

In His Hands

Dear Readers,

I’m just putting the finishing touches on a Christmas series I’ve created for you where I reflect on why we’re here, alive, on this planet, and what we’re meant to do with our lives. That will launch Friday, and in the meantime, I thought I’d share one of my favorite posts from last December. Never forget to pray. No matter what life throws your way, you’re good as long as you’re in His hands:

The peace I felt as I stood on the mound in Game 6 of the 2010 NLCS was, in one word, amazing. Amazing. It’s the peace that can only come from God.

I don’t think there’s a formula for reaching that kind of peace. I think it all comes down to Who you believe in. Those who believe only in themselves will never find that peace, not consistently. We don’t have 100% confidence in ourselves because we fail ourselves so much. Continue reading

Sacrifice

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Do you see someone skilled in their work?
They will serve before kings. (Proverbs 22:29)

As we continue our preparations for our Something to Eat event, I thought I’d re-post something I wrote last January. It’s about sacrifice.

Sacrifice is an intimidating word, but I’m here to tell you that it is a major component of success. God wants you to give some of what you earn to help others. That’s your sacrifice. He wants you to give cheerfully, but that shouldn’t be hard. After all, he’s promised to give you what you need.

It’s amazing, when you think about it, the way God has made the world. He doesn’t need people to push the Gospel. He could do it however He wants to do it. But that’s the way He set things up. He wants people to bring the Gospel to the nations. And I think that God’s a genius! He wants us to use our own resources to love our neighbor, because that is how we learn to serve. Continue reading

Sacrifice

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Do you see someone skilled in their work?
They will serve before kings.  (Proverbs 22:29)


Sacrifice is an intimidating word, but I’m here to tell you that it is a major component of success. God wants you to give some of what you earn to help others. That’s your sacrifice. He wants you to give cheerfully, but that shouldn’t be hard. He’s promised to give you what you need. It’s amazing, when you think about it, the way God has made the world.

God doesn’t need people to push the Gospel. He could do it however He wants to do it. But that’s the way He set things up. He wants people to bring the Gospel to the nations. And I think that God’s a genius! He wants us to use our own resources to love our neighbor so that we can learn to serve.

He knows that we humans come out of the womb as selfish individuals. My little four month old son does not say “I love you” to me. When he’s hungry, he looks at me and screams in my face. “I don’t care what you do, feed me.” It’s a selfish thing, right? Honestly, we do not have a natural ability to be a sacrifice, and to serve.

God also did not have to use finances to make this world work, but He did. To love your neighbor as yourself, you have to have finances. You can’t get a plane ticket for free. You can’t say, “Beam me up, Scotty,” and just all of a sudden be somewhere. God can transport you if He wants to, but I don’t see that happening. So we need finances to push the Gospel. Continue reading