When we approach the Lord in prayer, how do we make requests of him and are we possibly treating him like a megalomanic whom we must appease?
Kimberly Perlin is a licensed clinical social worker in Maryland. She had just set up her new website when one of her clients of many years abruptly called her up. He informed her that he wanted to terminate therapy. Naturally, she asked why. His reasoning was out of the ordinary, to say the least.
The Bible’s instructions on prayer sometimes seem at odds, so it can feel confusing whether God gives us whatever we request or whether there are provisos on this promise.
“If you need healing,” wrote Gloria Copeland on her husband’s website, “you can’t sit back and wait for God to drop it down on you. You have to do what it takes so you can rise up in faith and take what rightfully belongs to you!
Clearly, the church needs accountability and restoration for people struggling with imbedded sin, but just as clearly, some approaches do more harm than good.
Mars Hill Church in Seattle became notorious in 2014 when its senior pastor was forced to step down from leadership. One of the more infamous aspects of church life there was the often abusive atmosphere in their ‘redemption groups.’
When our lives are completely upended and we are faced with impossible circumstances, how do we find the faith we are told we must have in order to move mountains?
In the book Joy in the Sorrow, Guy Delcambre described one of the most shattering days of his life as “a day like any other: ordinary, just as I had come to expect. For me life was easy, predictable, and measured. Whatever difficulty I did encounter, I could handle. I was in control.”