After a buddy stole money from me, he never came back around. Losing the money didn't hurt. Losing the friend did. If only he would have come back to me, he would have known he was forgiven. Forgiveness is the heart of the gospel.
There are only 2 types of things to worry about: things you can change, things you can't. It's dumb to worry about things you can change. It's even dumber to worry about things you can't. So how can you stop worrying?
In a world where everybody seems easily and quickly offended, Christ calls us to be different. We must bear with people in their imperfection. We must forgive all their offenses. In other words, we must be unoffendable.
A 19th-century map shows the world and everything in it located in relation to Jesus, the center. In his hands it all holds together. What's falling apart in your world these days? Would you be willing to hand it over to him?
It's the hidden mystery of prayer. Beyond all logic and language there is an unstoppable stream of perfect prayer that flows above and beneath your own imperfect praying. It is the Holy Spirit, praying in you and for you.
Elijah was as human as anybody, but when he prayed BIG things happened. Would you like to see supernatural power unleashed when you pray? Then follow Jesus into places where supernatural power is required.
The disciples saw Jesus do many magnificent things, from walking on water to raising the dead. But only after they saw him pray did they say," Will you teach us how to do that?"