The National Day of Prayer 2014

Today is the National Day of Prayer. We are blessed to live in the United States of the America. In fact, God has so smiled on us that it is impossible to count our blessings. Yet these are critical times. Many good changes are taking place. But there are disturbing trends that mark a deliberate […]

Prayer Emphasis Week 2014

This has been Prayer Emphasis Week at the Shiloh Church. Our simple goal is to begin our year in prayer, submitting to God’s will and depending upon power. And it has been a great week! In past years, we have prepared prayer guides with specific targets to pray for each day. And we had a […]

Overcoming Hindrances to Effective Prayer

There are two primary reasons why you should pray. The first is obedience to duty. That is, we should pray because the word of God commands us to pray. Period. The second reason why you should pray is more pragmatic: Prayer works! God answers prayer. It pleases God to meet the needs of his children […]

A Note of Thanks and Request for Continued Prayer

This has been a difficult week in the life of the Shiloh Church Family. Last week, one of our faithful and beloved pastors, Mike Rodgers, suddenly transitioned from earth to glory. Pastor Rodgers’ passing has left our entire congregation with heavy hearts. Mike was a man of God, a loving shepherd, and a spiritual mentor […]

A Prayer Request for an Important Deadline

Today is a pretty special day for me. I signed contracts this morning to publish my first book. It has been my prayer to write a work for publication for many years. In fact, this blog was initially started to give me practice in writing. The Lord has graciously opened the door for me to […]

Praying Psalm 127

Eternal and almighty God, who by thy providence dost conduct and govern all creatures in this world, suffer us not to enterprise anything but what is agreeable to thy will and pleasure, that we, altogether discontented with ourselves, may wholly depend upon thy blessing; and that our only care may be that thou mayest be […]

Why I Pray Before I Preach

I preached my first sermon at the age of eleven. The first thing I did when I stood up was to pray. No one instructed me to do this. My father never prayed when he stood to preach. And none of the preachers I heard regularly or looked up to prayed at the beginning of […]

What I Pray Before I Preach

“Help me to speak your word with faithfulness, clarity, authority, passion, wisdom, humility, and liberty…” These are words I often pray publicly, as I lead the congregation in prayer before I read my text and begin my sermon. I do not know when I started praying this prayer. And I don’t remember forming these words […]

A Minister’s Prayer

O my Lord, Let not my ministry be approved only by men, or merely to win the esteem and affections of people; But do the work of grace in their hearts, call in thy elect, seal and edify the regenerate ones, and command eternal blessings on their souls. Save me from self-opinion and self-seeking; Water […]

A Prayer for Joy

O Christ, All thy ways of mercy tend to and end in my delight. Thou didst weep, sorrow, suffer that I might rejoice. For my joy thou hast sent the Comforter, multiplied thy promises, shown me my future happiness, given me a living fountain. Thou art preparing joy for me and me for joy; I […]