Today’s Rising Prayer

Jeff Praise, Prayer, Uncategorized 2 Comments

Father, On this day we come before You with nothing that You need.  We sometimes scramble to bring You something when we come to pray. Today, I bring you nothing more than a heart with two spiritual chambers: one full of praise and one full of need. We are not quite able to comprehend that You have eternally existed in …

GRACE: Your Voice, God’s Ear

Jeff grace, Prayer Leave a Comment

Many of you who follow Transforming Truth’s media streams are  doing so from a distance. We are blessed to hear from people all over the United States who have been touched by the Lord through the ministry here. We have relationship with people in other parts of the world who both contribute and receive from the messages, blogs and social …

While You Wait

Jeff Prayer 4 Comments

For you who have long prayed for God to move on your behalf, I want to deposit some encouragement with you in hope that your cries will not be silenced by spiritual fatigue. Perhaps, one of the most confounding elements of being a Jesus-follower is that we often find ourselves in the waiting room of unanswered prayers. Would it shock …

Undesirable Currents, Unanswered Prayers

Jeff Prayer

Sometimes people miss God’s best for them because it is being offered in a package that does not fit with their preconceptions.  Most of us would affirm that we desire God’s richest and best for our lives.  We trust Him, we know that He is good, we believe that the plans that He has for us will result in something …

The Soul Dance

Jeff Prayer

”And David danced before the Lord with all his might…So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn.” – 2 Samuel 6:14-15 Father, thank You for a reason to celebrate.  Thank You that all of Your people arose this morning in a state of spiritual victory, even if some cannot …

Praying To My Friend

Jeff Prayer

Lord Jesus, This morning I thank You for something which has never entered my mind before: this morning, I thank You that You are not a begrudging Savior.  We want to be good to You, but we will never, in this lifetime, be as good to You as we should.  Your Holy Spirit impacted me hard this morning with the …

When He Is Bringing The New

Jeff FAITH, Prayer

Father, help us to joyfully embrace and seek after new things from You.  Give us enlightenment to what You have placed in Your word about how You love to give us what is new.  Nearly 150 times You word connects You with something new happening.  Beyond that, there are scores of other times where my bible mentions Your commitment to bringing …

When It Gets Raw

Jeff Endurance, Perserverance, Prayer

A few years back, I shared a message of comfort from the book of Lamentations with the people of Meadow Baptist Church.  I called that message “A Strange Place For Praise” because it features some of the most beautiful statements on the character of God that you will find anywhere in your Old Testament – that’s the praise part.  The …

Expecting God To Move

Jeff Prayer, Sundays

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To Him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Peter 5:10-11   Father, today we take great comfort in the reminder that anything and all that is …

My Prayer For You Today

Jeff Prayer

Today it is my privilege to go to God’s throne on behalf of the reader.  This prayer is for you and I hope you will know that I mean it as exactly that.  It is not posted here to be dissected or even appreciated – it is written with the intent that God will fulfill it on your behalf.  May …

Raising Up A Prayer Of Release

Jeff Prayer

Father, Good morning. I just wanted to say that today I am really happy that You are who You are, and that You are how You are.  You are the strong One today, so I get to exhale a little when I recognize that I really do not feel up to par right now.  You are the perfectly wise One today, …

Swapping Lenses For Better Focus

Jeff grace, Prayer, Spiritual Growth

There are days in life when you arise to find the surprising pleasure that nothing is troubling you.  For me, those days are the exception rather than the rule, but I will take as many of those easy mornings as God chooses to give.  Confession time: I like my life over-easy, my challenges well-done, and my final results with no …

When God Fights For You

Jeff General, Prayer, Spiritual Warfare

For all of you who are in need of an answer, you who are begging a breakthrough, you who are concerned how much further you will be able to continue…this blog’s for you. Daniel, in the Old Testament, was a godly man living in an ungodly place during ungodly times.  His culture did not appreciate nor allow for Daniel to worship …

There Is An Answerer

Jeff Prayer

No, that is not a misspelling in the title to this post. We search regularly for the answers. What is better is to find the One who holds the answer. I wonder how many of you who read today are in the midst of waiting on God for something. It is likely that most of the followers of Christ have …

A Prayer Of Full Release

Jeff Prayer

Living below always carries with it the element of the unknown.  We like to know, we desire to understand, we crave concrete clarity on just about everything.  Down here we need contracts, guarantees, warranties, promissory notes and prenuptials.  Our culture in the western hemisphere is saturated with the sound of legalese on every corner.  The main reason for this is …

A Small Prayer For a Big Day

Jeff Prayer, Sundays

Father, You know that today is a significant day for me and the people with whom I serve and worship. You know all of the moments which have led up to this particular moment. You know each step wherein we have walked with precision and balance.  You know every place where we have stumbled and staggered.  You have blazed this …

Jettisoning Our Religious Freight

Jeff FAITH, Prayer

Jesus said something in one of His prayers that deeply impacted me almost twenty years ago. The first time I read John 17:3, I paused and went back to read it again and again.  Jesus makes a stunning theological statement to the Father when, in His prayer, He says, “And this is eternal life, that they know You, the only …

3 Calls On A Monday

Jeff Prayer, Spiritual Growth

So often on Monday mornings our heads are a blur.  The weekend flashes past us and a new week of duties finds us before we really feel like we got to catch our breath from the previous week.  Life can be hurried and I find that no other day of the week feels more jumbled than Monday.  For this reason …

People Who Have Nothing To Offer You

Jeff Prayer, Relationships

If there is one activity the enemy will fight in your life it is the intentional calling out to God to come to your aid.  Satan is not afraid of our church buildings, our colored lights, our polished eloquence, our social programs or our church-lobby donations kiosk.  Hell will encourage us in much of what happens in our churches because …

Intentionally Organic

Jeff Prayer

On Monday of this week we began 40 days of prayer with the people of the church I pastor.  On purpose, we have stripped away any and all of the normal fanfare that accompany our regularly scheduled services.  No announcements, no lights, no projectors or graphics and very little singing. We haven’t publicized it much, other than simple invitations for anyone …

Prayer That Will Not Be Silenced

Jeff Prayer

Today is our National Day Of Prayer and I am posting a few thoughts about this, my favorite activity in the Kingdom.  I enjoy praying more than preaching.  I am transformed more through prayer than singing.  At the risk of angering my hyper-evangelist friends, I engage more in prayer than I do sharing my faith with others. Prayer, in its simplest …

Praying For More

Jeff Prayer

Father, I do not want to go back to my old ways and I sense this morning how easy it would be to do that.  You know my heart, Abba, and that I fear a departure back into that blind place of my own flesh.  I thought I would be there forever and you graciously rescued me, pulling out and …

Today, His Day

Jeff Prayer, Sundays

Gracious Abba, How blessed we are to arise on the first Sunday of a new year.  You did not promise any of us that we would have the opportunity to advance into 2015.  None of us were promised the health and ability to lift our heads off of last night’s pillows and to have clothes to place on our bodies …

Tracking Answered Prayer

Jeff Prayer, Uncategorized

This is the time of year when I become reflective. Another year has nearly passed and a new, unknown one is inked upon the calendar sitting upon my desk.  Looking back on some things I wrote to Father in 2013 I realize how many prayers of mine (which I forgot) He has answered in some definitive ways (proving that He …

Bridging Your Generation & The Next

Jeff Family, Prayer, Sundays

Lord, raise up young Christians who will be Gospel-soaked and Gospel-loyal as the end approaches. I’m afraid that my generation has not done its job in preparing the next so I’m asking You for some time and some help today. Place within the next generation a holy disgust for anything that seeks to bring an alloyed state of being to …