Week Six: ANSWER God’s Call
Do you long to know that your life on earth makes a difference? Even children want to discover their purpose. My husband’s father, the late Dr. Howard Chadwick, served God faithfully as a minister for over seventy years. He used to encourage our three children to search for their life’s calling. ”Look around you at the needs you see in the world,” he would tell them. ”Then take an honest look at your own gifts and talents. Your calling may be found where those two intersect.” Continue reading
Week Five: ARM yourself with Spiritual strength.
Why should we pray? “Because there is a devil,” reminds R. A. Torrey, nineteenth century theologian and author How to Pray, of one of my favorite books on prayer,.
The Bible warns that we’re in a war. “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” The struggle is a spiritual one. See Ephesians 6:10-18. An important aspect of remaining armed and ready for battle with the heavenly forces of darkness is the habit of daily prayer. Continue reading
Step Four: AGREE with others in Prayer
I am fascinated by Bottlenose Dolphins, the most intelligent creatures in the ocean. Dolphins are easily trained and can reason, solve problems, think abstractly, and even recognize themselves in a mirror! They are also incredibly fast and powerful.
Stories abound of dolphins protecting humans against sharks, repelling them with high-speed, battering ram-like blows. My dad is one of the few living World War II submarine veterans. While on long, hot tours in the South Pacific, the sailors hoped to see dolphins so they could dive off the sub for a refreshing swim–sure to be safe from sharks.
Sharks steer clear of dolphins for another reason. Dolphins find safety in numbers by sticking together in groups or “pods.” So what do dolphins have to do with prayer? Like dolphins, our teammates can help us gain strength in prayer and defeat our spiritual enemies. Jesus said it this way: “If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven (Matthew 18:19). Continue reading