What 100,000 Domino’s Teach Us About Prayer

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The Story

Bob Specas is about to break the world record for domino toppling.  Its June 9, 1979 and Bob is just a few thousand dominoes away from setting up 100,000 to claim the world record title.  It’s such a big deal that the media has gathered to watch and broadcast this historic event.  Just as Bib was placing one of the few remaining dominoes, on the other side of the room, a careless cameraman dropped his press badge and the room went silent as everyone heard the hiss of dominoes toppling when none should have been.

Can You Relate?

Does your prayer life sometimes feel like that moment back on June 9, 1979.  You work so ard, pray so hard, diligently, consistently, only to wait, watch the exact opposite result happen right in front of your eyes.  Or even worse, you don’t see anything happen…nothing ever happens and you think it never will.  Prayer, as Pete Greig says, is kind of like domino toppling.

“..some prayers get answered the very first time you ask, most take months or even years of faithful asking before you see any breakthrough. Day after day, you say essentially the same thing..and one day, in a matter of minutes it triggers the fulfillment of years of prayer.”

What Does The Bible Say

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” ~ Romans 12:12

Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer by sharing the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18.  I think that parable is even more important to us today.  We live in such a fast paced world that craves and expects instant gratification. I know I do. Don’t you?  There is a story about D.L. Moody carrying a list of names of people he was praying for to choose Jesus Christ as their saviour. The story goes, that almost all had accepted Christ prior to his death…but not all.  BUT, at his funeral the remaining names on the list (4 of them) chose to place their confidence in Christ.

It’s Not Your Time Table That Matters

I admit it, I’m often more concerned with God meeting my expectations and my timeline than being concerned about meeting His. I recently read about a make-believe scenario. Imagine an angel just told you that your next prayer would be answered by God.  Would you pray? Of course you would. Imagine that same angel told you that your 365th prayer was going to be answered. Would you pray 365 times.  Of course. The problem is not that we don’t know how many times we need to pray before God answers….the problem is we are disobeying him by giving up on prayer.  Jesus Himself tells us not to give up. He will bring justice. (Luke 18)

One of my goals during this time of reflection has been to place more and more priority on finding contentment just by being in His presence. Some days its way more difficult than others. I think I’m slowly learning.

By preserving in prayer we prove that we are willing to wait faithfully and to surrender consistently to the priorities of Christ in our lives ~ Pete Greig

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” ~ Romans 12:12

PS

Bob Specas was able to intervene the cameraman’s mishap. He was able to stop all the domino’s from falling. He was still able to break the world record later that day.

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How I Finally Developed a Consistent “Quiet Time” With God

If you’ve grown up in church, or have just started attending, you will hear people start talking about the important of reading your Bible. Everyone seems to use a different word  or phrase to define it.

“Quiet time, devotions, devotional time, bible study, God time, etc, etc”

Here’s my problem I wanted someone to define what this habit or discipline should look like. Simply tell me the “right” way to spend some time with God. I never knew why this was such a source of guilt and frustration for me. The fact that I was experiencing those feelings made me think all the more that I was doing something wrong. I was reminded about all this recently when someone asked me what my bible study/ personal time with God looked like. It’s not profound, or anything out of the ordinary, but perhaps my process of finding a “rhythm” that worked for me may help someone else.Continue Reading

Do you consistently read your Bible? – I really want to know.

I had someone recently ask me what my bible study or devotional habits were. They were curious what I did, how often, was I consistent, etc,etc.

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I Often Find Prayer Boring

Now, before everyone gets frustrated or upset with my title, let me just say upfront I fully believe and know that:

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The Bible & Me – People Actually See the Divine & Supernatural?

So no, this is not about super heroes, but it would be cool to be one. You ever meet people and just somehow know that God is a very real part of their life? Not in the “there goes another weird Christian or bizarre mystic, but in the “I’m not sure how, but I just know that God is with that person”. For those that don’t believe in God, you just have this sense of a mystical presence around a person. I know I have. So yes, I believe people can see the supernatural in people.

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The Bible & Me – Begging For More?

I love this picture. The Hi-Res one is here. Actually, I really like most pictures by Stephen Poff. You should check him out. The picture reminded me of how much I am loving Scripture this past year. Specifically, it reminded me of the verse in Acts 14:11.

“As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath.”

Made me wonder. Do I have that same feeling, that emotional desire and drive for more?

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The Bible & Me – Trusting God Amid Adversity

Do you sometimes feel like a cracked, fragile clay pot?

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The Bible & Me – What Starbucks Reminded Me About Faith!

There are very few smells better to me than freshly brewed coffee in the morning. And for me, that would be freshly brewed, bold, Starbucks coffee.

There is something about starting my day in a coffee shop, around those great smells that I really enjoy and that has become a daily routine.

However, I recently entered into my routine, got excited at the smell of my fresh bold coffee, sat down, expectantly tasted my first sip, and spit it out. It was horrible. Tasted like sour acid on my tongue.

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The Bible & Me – I Feel Like a Corinthian

I’m actually working through a new bible and marking it up as I go along. I was frustrated at the thought of the process of changing bibles, as I love my old bible, but yet it’s interesting to see what I highlight differently. I also switched to the ESV version, so I do have to read every word, because it’s different. I would actually recommend everyone to re-read the bible in a version you have not read before. Maybe a mid year resolution for you.

In a nutshell, Paul addresses everything from head coverings, to the Lord’s supper, to spiritual gifts and then the love in chapter 13.

Today it was 1 Corinthians 12: 31b that stuck out.  …“And I will still show you a more excellent way.” The Way of Love. (Chapter tile of ch. 13)

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Pondering Paul in Romans 7

I’m pretty sure you have these moments.

  • you feel crabby to start out with. (starting with a bad attitude never helps)
  • You start thinking negatively about someone or an event.
  • You choose the high road ahead of time and make the decision to be positive once you encounter the situation
  • you arrive and do exactly the opposite of what you’ve been just contemplating, promising, and even panning to do.

Today, God pointed out Romans 7:21.  I actually kinda laughed when I read it. 

v.21 “So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.”

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