Unfortunately, some Christians today become nervous at the mention of words like ‘soaking prayer’, ‘contemplative prayer’, ‘meditation’, or ‘quietness’ because of their modern association with New Age or occult practices. So it is important to distinguish between the biblical concept of ‘soaking prayer’ and any pagan counterfeits. As in all doctrinal issues, we can discern between Christian prayer and New Age or occult rituals by looking to the Scriptures. While the term ‘soa
My middle son had fallen asleep on the floor in front of the TV and I had just put my daughter in her crib. But it had been a rough night for my oldest son, Aaron. A short time earlier I had caught him in the baby's crib with an ink marker in his hand. He had written on important papers, his shoes, and on the wall. I had to send him to bed early. It had been a half-hour and he was still whimpering in his bed. Finally, he came out to the living room where I was reading to t
He was a relatively successful businessman -- a tradesman, heartily plying his craft with a small fleet of fishing boats that he shared with his brother and his friends. He knew the sea, his boats, his friends, his family -- and as a God-fearing Jewish man, he knew his religion. But religion was more for the formative years. It was for his wife and his children. It's not that he didn't believe, but he was a busy man, trying to earn an honest living and put bread on the table.
It was a warm, clear day in April, 1607, as an Anglican priest named Robert Hunt led a group of English colonists up a windswept dune to where they had erected a rough-hewn cross, carried over from England. The sound of the pounding surf contrasted with the high-pitched calls of the seagulls overhead as the walked through the sands of what they named Cape Henry – after the son of their King James. Lifting his eyes toward heaven, Hunt led them in a providential prayer that wou