To many, prayer is a time to ask God for what we want and thank Him for it when we get it. Sadly, though, the extent to which many people’s prayer lives develop has fallen terribly short of what prayer really is. At its core, prayer is an opportunity to praise, glorify, and exalt God in the way that He deserves. In the same vein, our prayer lives should be just as devoted to offering praise to God. So with that in mind, there are a few things we should praise God for every day.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This statement still rings true today. We know that many diseases and ailments can be avoided or helped by preventative measures like diet and exercise. The same is true for us spiritually. We could even say “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of repentance.”
In life there are so many choices that we make each and every day. Indeed each minute of life is filled with choices. It is easy to not even think about most of them as they are pretty inconsequential to us.
I love the book of John. John’s unique style of writing and unique stories are really appealing to me. In this gospel, we have a few characters who are considered “narrative windows”. These characters give us a deeper understanding of John, as a whole, by presenting a story of their own.
What does it mean to be a true disciple? There’s a lot that could be said to answer that question, but I want to focus on 3 specific verses where Jesus addressed exactly what discipleship demands and how it applies to our attempts to be true disciples.