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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...

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

February 8th, 2019 · by Tom Stuart · Overcoming, Relationship with God

“Then I saw heaven standing open, and there before me was a white horse. And its rider is called Faithful and True. With righteousness He judges and wages war.” – Revelation 19:11 BSB

Can there be any more triumphant image than that of an approaching white horse with the “King of kings and Lord of lords” seated upon it riding forth to conquer, not to mention a heavenly army also on white horses following Him?

The two appearances of the white horse in the Book of Revelation are symbols of a conquering and triumphant spirit.

With never ending conflicts worldwide, and escalating culture wars waged at every level around us, it is imperative to keep this victorious perspective. A long range, overcoming attitude makes a huge difference in how we navigate these trying times.

The truth is, as an old Cathedrals Quartet song goes: 

I’ve been readin’ in the Bible, ’bout the ending of the age.

And one thing that’s for certain, it grows closer every day.

But I am not concerned, about the way it’s gonna end.

‘Cause I’ve read the back of the book, and we win! 

 

 

January 30th, 2019 · by Tom Stuart · Overcoming, Prayer, Relationship with God

“Draw me after you and let us run together! The king has brought me into his chambers.” “We will rejoice in you and be glad; We will extol your love more than wine.” Song of Solomon 1:4 NAS

It is the loving kindness of God that draws us to Himself and invites us to share in the treasures of an intimate relationship with Him. “I drew them,” God says in Hosea, “…with bands of love” (11:4). As the Father draws us to Jesus, so we love Him because He first loved us.

Running together, an activity like play or dancing engaged solely for enjoyment’s sake and delighting in one another’s company, is an exhilarating expression of such a relationship. It is reminiscent of Eric Liddell, 1924 Olympic 400 meter champion and Chinese missionary, declaring “When I run I feel His pleasure.” His delight in running with the Lord’s approbation was akin to the beloved’s desire to run with her King.

Years ago there was a popular chorus from this passage that went like this: I will rejoice in You and be glad, I will extol Your love more than wine. Draw me after You and let us run together. I will rejoice in You and be glad.

Is it time for you to push the pause button on the pursuit of purpose and rediscover the joy of simply reveling in and celebrating life together with the One you love?

(Photo: Wild horses in the Lower Salt River – Tonto Natl Forest, AZ)

January 25th, 2019 · by Tom Stuart · Growth & Development, Life Balance, Overcoming, Prayer

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” – Psalm 19:1-2 ESV

Natural settings that allow a view of the horizon from a distance, where the sky is on panoramic display, have throughout time been hallowed places to commune with God. In ancient Celtic Christian tradition such locations were referred to as “thin places,” where heaven and earth meet and the spiritual and natural world merge as one.

God has chosen to speak to His creation and mark both present and prophesied future interactions with us through the movements of the celestial bodies. Before the invention of electric light and the 24/7 frenzy of modern civilization, life was regulated and celebrated by the rising and setting of the sun and the moon. The darkened night, free from artificial illumination, filled the expanse above with the wonder of countless stars and constellations.

Today thin places are often found in escaping to a rural or wilderness settings where the horizon is in view and the splendor of earth meeting sky touches something deep within our primordial being. It is there we see God’s glory and hear the timeless whisper of His voice beckoning us into his secret counsels. Where have you experienced a thin place?

 (This picture was taken as the moon was setting over the Jemez Mountain Range west of Santa Fe, NM, after the super blood wolf moon eclipse of January 21, 2019.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

January 14th, 2019 · by Tom Stuart · Growth & Development, Overcoming, Prayer, Uncategorized

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”  – 2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV

Nothing bolsters our confidence in God more than using His promises as the basis for our prayers.

The key of course is to search the Bible for a promise that addresses a specific need or burden we are carrying.

We know we’ve found it when the verse seems to literally leap off the page in grabbing our attention and we cry ” Yes!”

With that we speak forth the verse in a prayer of declaration and end it with an “Amen!” . . . “to the glory of God!”