Author Archives: frlencowan

Why couldn’t we?

In Matthew and Mark, we read the same story.  After His Transfiguration, Jesus and those who accompanied Him found that the remaining disciples had been unable to cast a demon out of a boy.  After Jesus cast it out, the … Continue reading

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Unbelieving generation

After Jesus and some of His disciples returned from His Transfiguration, they found that the others had been unable to cast a demon out of a possessed boy.  Jesus remarked, “you unbelieving generation, how long shall I stay with you?” … Continue reading

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Harm becomes good

As we pray for others, that their struggle, pain, suffering, or need is addressed, solved, healed, and relieved, we also can recognize that God may well use all of that for His and their good.  Joseph of Genesis endured tremendous … Continue reading

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Praying Aloud

Perhaps you recall the two times the disciples fell asleep in prayer: once when Jesus was praying on a mountain, just before He was transfigured before them; the other when He was in agony in Gethsemane.  (And of course we … Continue reading

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A new song of praise

The other day someone asked me whether I was dreading “the holidays”, given the fact that Hallie, my wife, died earlier this year.  I did think about how I would respond.  And though I may well get ambushed by grief … Continue reading

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Praying seekers

This morning I was listening to the beginning of the Gospel of Luke, and was struck by the faithful prayers of Zechariah, Elizabeth, and those who served with them in the temple.  John’s parents are described as righteous in God’s … Continue reading

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Praying in tight spaces

When Paul and Silas created an economic disturbance in Philippi for delivering a slave from a valuable but demonic spirit of divination, they were beaten severely and thrown into the inner cell of the city’s prison.  They were in a … Continue reading

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Praying The Presence

To state the obvious, the key thing about prayer is God.  The Presence of God.  Duhhhhh.But seriously.  It sometimes seems as if we treat prayer as some kind of magic incantation that somehow rubs God’s belly the right way and … Continue reading

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Prayer promise

Whenever we pray, it’s a good idea to check two sources:1.  The Holy Spirit, Who desires to pray in us The Prayer of Jesus at the Father’s Right Hand, as He intercedes for us and for all in glory.  The Spirit … Continue reading

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Pray at all times

The other day I was thinking about how, through the years with Jesus, prayer has become such an integral part of my life.  Hallie used to point to the difference between “having a prayer life” and “having a life of prayer”.  … Continue reading

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