Featured Posts

Check Out My Book on Prayer!

My book on prayer can be purchased on Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites, plus a Kindle version is also available from Amazon. IGNITING AN IMPASSIONED PRAYER LIFE – How to Develop the Energized, Extended, and Sustainable Life of Prayer You’ve Always Wanted. Do you wish...

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 22nd, 2020 · by Tom Stuart · Overcoming

“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7 NIV

Taking up the shield of faith to protect our hearts from the fearful effects of a steady stream of bad news is increasingly becoming a priority and way of life.

It requires firmly fixing our eyes, minds, and thoughts on Jesus and the promises of God as the overriding reality in which we trust and place our hope.

Trusting in the Lord with all our heart, not leaning on our own understanding, and acknowledging Him in all we do is a necessity in navigating these perilous times. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

March 13th, 2020 · by Tom Stuart · Overcoming, Relationship with God

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 ESV

Given the times in which we now live with breaking news daily on the coronavirus pandemic, coupled with the accompanying social and economic uncertainty, this verse is a healing balm for the soul.

The most common antidote for fear mentioned in the Bible is the acknowledgement of the comforting presence of God.

This assurance that God will be with us and will never abandon nor forsake us, no matter what circumstances threaten to befall us, is a calming promise for an anxious heart.

Can we find a friend so faithful , Who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness, Take it to the Lord in prayer.

March 2nd, 2020 · by Tom Stuart · Overcoming

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:17 NKJV

In rereading an old journal from years ago, I came across a desperate prayer I had penned when I was very upset with someone about something they had done.

With a desire for future confidentiality, I had coded the details and the person’s name. Now for the life of me, I cannot recall that event, let alone figure out who or what it was about.

How much more, in the light of eternity, will the thing that upsets us so today, in retrospect seem to have never existed. So why worry, when in the end by God’s grace, we will be all the better for it?

February 25th, 2020 · by Tom Stuart · Overcoming, Prayer

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:19 NIV

Jesus’ promise of the multiplied power of a prayer of agreement, even with just one other person, speaks volumes to the benefit of seeking out partners with whom to pray.

In this same passage He goes on to say that “where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”(vs. 20)

With such pointed assurances from Jesus Himself of His presence and power, let us not hesitate, whenever possible, to gather with others to hallow His name and seek His will.

February 18th, 2020 · by Tom Stuart · Relationship with God

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.” Psalms 37:4-5 NIV

There is nothing like being head over heals in love with someone, when nothing else matters, other than simply spending time enjoying one another’s presence.

The delights of love have a way of reordering priorities and disarming fears of commitment that otherwise or heretofore would never have even been considered.

That said, the key to true satisfaction and enjoyment in life begins with delighting and aligning our hearts with the heart of God.