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My New Book on Prayer Released!

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book:  IGNITING AN IMPASSIONED PRAYER LIFE – How to Develop the Energized, Extended, and Sustainable Life of Prayer You’ve Always Wanted. Do you wish you were more motivated to pray? Is your prayer life sporadic and...

What is the best way to pray?

Prayer, like most spiritual practices, is subject to a spectrum of opinion and conviction as to how it is best practiced. Prayer in a word, means different things to different people. Typically we associate prayer with some form of communication and personal encounter with God....

Leadership Principles and Prayer

When the people cried out to Moses, he prayed to the LORD… Numbers 11:2 (NIV) Why is prayer often the great omission when it comes to discussion of spiritual leadership? In my humble estimation the topic of leadership is the most frequent focus of...

March 16th, 2019 · by Tom Stuart · Overcoming, Relationship with God

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 ESV

We serve a God who specializes in making all things new. When things get old and we are ready for a change, this promise is like cold water to a weary soul.

It encourages us, though it may seem there is no way out of our situation, that God already has a plan in motion. He is challenging us in faith to be on the lookout for what He is doing.

Since His ways are not our ways, how God ushers out the old and brings in the new is above our pay grade, so we need to be alert to recognize and welcome the new thing when it comes.

March 9th, 2019 · by Tom Stuart · Overcoming, Prayer, Relationship with God

“Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!”  Psalm 141:2 ESV

This verse from a psalm of David expresses his desire, and the desire all true worshipers in spirit and in truth, that our prayers and praise be an expression of lives that are constantly devoted to pleasing God.

The secret to stoking the fires of wholehearted devotion to Him, is establishing daily personal spiritual practices not unlike the morning and evening rhythms of priestly tabernacle worship.

For David, as for us, delight in God is proven to be fueled by regularly meditating upon His word, continually offering up prayers, and praising God in all circumstances.

March 3rd, 2019 · by Tom Stuart · Overcoming, Prayer, Relationship with God

“We do not know what to do but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12 NIV

Uttered by King Jehoshaphat when Jerusalem was under attack by an enemy horde this is a model for one of the simplest, yet most effective prayers of faith we can pray.

Faith is not expressed by looking to know what, or how, or when, or where the answer and deliverance will come, but rather by looking solely to WHO has the power to provide it.

In response to his abandonment to trust in God, heaven’s reply was swift and reassuring: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (vs 15)

When we choose to look to God as the only answer to our problem, then just like Jehoshaphat’s battle, it ceases to be ours and becomes His. What a relief, because if it is His, we can be assured He will solve it!

Why not make this prayer yours and release your problem to God? “Lord, I do not know what to do but my eyes are on you!”

February 23rd, 2019 · by Tom Stuart · Overcoming, Relationship with God

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  Matthew 11-28-29 NIV

We do not typically associate a yoke, used to harness horses or oxen together for the purpose of work, as providing a source of rest or freedom from burden bearing. But God’s ways are not man’s ways.

The Lord knows that not every yoke is kind and some are even cruel, requiring His delivering power to set the captives free. 

Thus Jesus issues this liberating invitation to come to Him with the things that are weighing us down and to be yoked with Him, our burden bearer, that He might shoulder them for us.

February 16th, 2019 · by Tom Stuart · Overcoming, Relationship with God

“Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.”  Psalm 33:18-19 ESV

It is a great comfort, and a wonder, the way in which the Lord watches over His children, to both protect us from danger and provide for us in times of lack.

What could be more reassuring than knowing we serve a God who has every hair on our heads numbered and even knows when a sparrow falls to the ground? The knowledge of God’s watch care over us is like a protective shield of faith around our lives, quenching all the fiery darts and plans of the enemy to do us harm.

Only heaven will reveal the countless times, often behind the scenes and unbeknownst to us, the Lord has supernaturally intervened on our behalf in order to protect and preserve our lives. It gives us tremendous confidence as we make our plans and go about our day.

Since God’s past faithfulness is a reliable predictor of His future care, we can therefore rest assured that no matter what seen or unforeseen dangers lurk out there, He has us covered.

“For the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.” – Isaiah 52:12 NIV