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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...

June 22nd, 2019 · by Tom Stuart · Overcoming, Relationship with God

“The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the distant shores be glad.” Psalm 97:1 BSB

Knowing that the Creator of heaven and earth still has everything under control, even when things in life are careening out of our control, is an unwavering source of joy.

When the Apostle Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord always” and “in everything give thanks” he had in mind this fact, that “the Lord reigns” no matter what our circumstances.

Acknowledging this perspective is cause to rejoice and as faith arises, even throw in a dance step or two and shout “Hallelujah!”

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

“Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you . . . Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.” Proverbs 4:25 & 27 NLT

Distractions can prove deadly. Even what seems good, when it side tracks us from the best, exacts a toll.

Things that side track us from following after God are the worst. The big three are the allurements of sin, the world, and self-conceit (1 John 2:16).

Great advice in this verse. We need to be ruthless with ourselves in keeping our eyes on the prize and eliminating distractions from our lives.

June 10th, 2019 · by Tom Stuart · Overcoming, Relationship with God

“Let the weak say, I am strong.” Joel 3:10 KJV

The frontline of the battle of faith is the practice of “calling those things which are not as though they were” to which Paul refers regarding God’s raising up Abraham to be the father of our faith (Roman’s 4:17).

Since life or death are in the power of the tongue what we say about ourselves and our destiny really does make a difference.

What one thing would God have you say about yourself today that expresses a spirit of faith in calling what you don’t feel or see as though it were? “I am . . . . . . !”

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

“Never give up praying. And when you pray, keep alert and be thankful.” Colossians 4:2 CEV

When answers to our prayers tarry, while the temptation to give up increases, it’s a great encouragement to read these words of the Apostle Paul reiterating the teaching of Jesus to “always pray and never give up!”

It emphasizes the fuel for persistent prayer is thanksgiving. Praising and thanking God, no matter what the circumstances, releases faith in His faithfulness to hear and answer us.

“Prayer is …choosing gratitude until we are grateful, and praising God until we ourselves are an act of praise.” Richard Rohr

May 27th, 2019 · by Tom Stuart · Prayer, Relationship with God

“Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.” Psalm 143:8 KJV

Some days, we just need the reassurance of God’s loving presence in our lives – a life giving encounter with His word, a friend, or circumstance that affirms us and the path He’s set before us.

This prayer has a timeless quality about it that always seems to tap that cry and longing of the heart for an intimacy with God and a tangible expression of His love.

Perhaps, like me this morning, you might want to personalize it and make it your meditation as you launch into the day.