Join the conversation tomorrow morning when I talk about radical prayer with the Karl and Crew team on their morning Moody radio program.
Here is a verse that will be a part of my RTO message this week.
Steve Chambers is driven with joyful passion, zeal, commitment and love for the incarcerated and their families. This is refreshing, contagious and unparalleled. Steve is the “real deal” and a very valuable member of our Radical Time Out Family. Hence, he loves those impacted by incarceration with the compelling love of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14).
To all my friends – I hope you can see REDEEMED – an amazing dramatic performance about the “fall and rise” of my mentor, Chuck Colson. The dates and times for the final 4 performances are shown below.
Please visit www.provisiontheater.org for ticket sales and information. Barbara Mill has an exceptional comment below about this production.
Joshua 7:6-15 and Hebrews 3:1-18
The church and families in America are in an urgent crisis today because of our arrogance and resulting prayerlessness that has led us to all kinds of idolatry. Remember that this sin of idolatry causes dangerous anger in God our Father and does not hallow His name. An annual Day of Prayer and lots of good activities–even in ministry–are not enough to bring Him glory. We must have a daily radical, intimate relationship with Him through Jesus Christ, our High Priest, so that He can direct us to the activities that will glorify Him the most. This way, we can avoid the casualties that we are seeing so often today.
St. Gregory of Nyssa defined prayer as follows:
The effect of prayer is union with God, and, if someone is with God he is separated from the enemy. Through prayer we guard our chastity, control our anger and rid ourselves of vanity. It makes us forget injuries, overcomes envy, defeats injustice and makes amends for sin. Through prayer we obtain physical wellbeing, a happy home, and a strong, well ordered society….Prayer is the seal of virginity and a pledge of faithfulness in marriage. It shields the wayfarer, protects the sleeper and gives courage to those who keep vigil….It will refresh you when you are weary and comfort you when you are sorrowful. Prayer is the delight of the joyful as well as the solace of the afflicted….Prayer is the enjoyment of things present and the substance of things to come.
Brutally honest prayer of discovery, inspection, and confession will lead us to engage with the Holy Spirit for a deep cleansing of our hearts and homes to extinguish any accursed sins that offend Yahweh. We must not minimize or excuse sin by becoming angry or defensive. Instead, we need to experience conviction, forgiveness, restoration, and revival. We must act swiftly, as Joshua did, to bring God’s blessing. If we harden our hearts in rebellion and unbelief, we bring God’s fierce anger.
Let’s look into our own hearts and homes and search diligently for anything that God abhors. Times of crisis–danger, trouble, or temptation–should cause conviction and change, NOT CASUALITIES! Remember not to forget Joshua’s example of fervent, agonizing prayer and immediate, complete obedience. Don’t be a casualty, whatever you are facing right now! Pray!
(for the entire devotional series: www.mannymill.wordpress.com/devotionals/)
Frankie Roskam infuses us as our RTO Missionary in the DR, with tangible HOPE for our youth in America and around the world, by her visible and unrelenting affection for Jesus Christ. And she has a compelling commitment to the Biblical Gospel that calls every Christian to deny themselves and follow Christ Jesus as she is enduring the Cross by loving the children radically, regardless of her circumstances and feelings, for the JOY that is before her, Hebrews 12:1-2. Please join me in Radical Prayer for Frankie so she will continue to persevere with Joy for the Greater Hallowing of our Good Father.
Please see Frankie’s recent e-mail ministry update:
Manny was a guest speaker recently at the Vineyard Church of Elgin. Pastor Tom Severson offered this follow up comment: