The Crux

The Crux

crux [kruhks]
a vital, basic, decisive, or pivotal point; something that torments by its puzzling nature; a perplexing difficulty. 
“Crux.” Def. 1 & 3. Web. 27 Apr 2010.

“Dad, I can’t do it,” said the young boy.

“Reach your left hand about half a foot!” Dad said.

“My arms are getting tired. I’m ready to come down!”

“Buddy, you’re so close to the top! Rest on your legs for a minute.”

The boy nestled into the footholds, weighting his legs but still gripping the rock.

“You ready?” said Dad.

The afternoon wind muffled the boys response.

“What was that?” said Dad, louder this time. Continue reading “The Crux”

Part 2 On Prayer: Dealing with Unanswered Prayer

Part 2 On Prayer: Dealing with Unanswered Prayer

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read my earlier post, Part 1 On Prayer: God is not a Magician. My 4-part blog series On Prayer is my personal takeaway from Philip Yancey’s book, Prayer: Does It Make A Difference? This is not a review of his book, nor has Mr. Yancey endorsed my posts. Paraphrased examples from the book are credited to Mr. Yancey. Click here for ordering information; it’s a terrific read.

Can you recall a prayer that went unanswered? Were you praying for something material: a new car, a salary increase, nice weather for your weekend outing, or for a favorite sports team to win the game?

When your prayer went unanswered, how did you react? Were you angry? Were you surprised? Did you question your faith, or your own ability to pray? How did unanswered prayer affect your attitude toward people whose prayers were answered? Were you joyful or resentful toward them?

Why do some people with life-threatening situations survive (sometimes without praying for healing), yet other sufferers backed by faithful pray-ers die?
Continue reading “Part 2 On Prayer: Dealing with Unanswered Prayer”

Part 1 On Prayer: God is not a Magician

Part 1 On Prayer: God is not a Magician

How do you feel about prayer? Is it a waste of time? Does it make any difference? Can you look back over your life and find instances where your prayers were answered?
How about your prayers that went unanswered? How did you respond to unanswered prayer? Did you question whether you prayed “hard enough,” or “long enough,” or whether you knew how to pray at all? Did you resign yourself to believing that maybe God isn’t listening, or He has bigger fish to fry–or maybe He doesn’t exist at all? And if He does exist, why does He answer some prayers but not others? Continue reading “Part 1 On Prayer: God is not a Magician”