Nothing Less Than a Miracle

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The Mercy Prayer Chapter 4–Nothing Less Than a Miracle

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Jesus’ Two Questions

On two seperate occasions Jesus encountered two sets of blind men, both of which wanted mercy.  Jesus asked each pair a different question.

1)  Do you believe?

2)  What do you want ?

After reading this chapter, what do you think about why he took different approaches with these two pairs who asked him for mercy?  Do you agree with my conclusions?

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How to Write Your Own Eulogy

Burial CasketWhat Will People Say?

Marcus Garvey had the rare opportunity to hear his own eulogy. Garvey was sick but false reports spread that he had died.  Friends and foes began to speak about his life and Garvey had a front row seat to what people would say about him when they thought he was dead–much of it was unflattering.

Recently a scathing obituary went viral about a woman whose children told the world what they really thought of their deceased mother.  They wrote:  “We celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the after-life reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty, and shame that she delivered on her children.”

We will all die.  We will all be remembered.

Starting at the Finish Line

It was Stephen Covey who said that we should “begin with the end in mind.”  I couldn’t agree more.  In the ultimate sense we should live with a compelling sense of what eternal life with God will be like and then organize our life in accordance with that vision. Additionally, we would be wise to thing about how we want to be remembered.  The psalmist wrote,

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.” (Ps. 39.4)

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A few years ago I decided to write my own eulogy.  I call it my Legacy Statement.  I sat down and thought deeply about how I wanted to be remembered. I asked myself, “What do I want God, my wife, my children, my  church, my people and the least of these to say about me?”  The result is a one page document that I review and pray through regularly.

Have you thought about writing your own obituary?  It’s simple.  Set aside an hour and prayerfully write down the most important relationships in your life and how you want to be remembered.  Write your answers from the perspective of each person or group and then live with then end in mind.

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”  Ps. 90.12

When You’re in Need

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The Mercy Prayer Chapter 3–When You’re in Need

Far and away, King Davide exceeded everybody else in praying the mercy prayer.  This probably shouldn’t surprise us, for God said that David was “a man after my own heart.”

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The Man Who Prayed for Mercy the Most

David prayed the mercy prayer when…

…those around him caused him pain.

…he was afraid.

…he sinned.

Do any of these describe your life?

What stuck out to you in this chapter?

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The Prayer of the Heart

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The Mercy Prayer Chapter 3–The Prayer of the Heart

Have you considered praying The Mercy Prayer with every beat of your heart?

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The Closer We Get to God

What  if the closer you get to God the more you pray the mercy prayer?  What if our closeness to Christ actually increases the frequency of our requests for his mercy?  Has this been your experience?

Have you ever tried praying “Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me” as you are falling asleep?  What was it’s effect?

In, The Mercy Prayer: The One Prayer Jesus Always Answers, I quote A.W. Tozer when he wrote,

Were there no guilt in the world, no pain and no tears, God would yet be infinitely merciful; but His mercy might well remain hidden in His heart, unknown to the created universe.  No voice would be raised to celebrate the mercy of which none felt the need.  It is human misery and sin that call forth the divine mercy.

It’s not about us, it’s about God!  When we cry out to God because of our suffering and sin we give God another chance to reveal who he is to the world!

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Mercy Prayers of the Week

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(Throughout the week on Twitter (@jazztheologian) & Facebook Page (Click Here) I share a “MercyPrayer4Today,” so we can pray together daily.  Feel free to suggest your own stories using the hashtag #mercyprayer.  At the end of the week I then post them here on my blog.)

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Here are the Mercy Prayers for this past week…

Police shoot & kill unarmed man

Naval yard shooting

20 deadliest mass shootings in US history

Gunmen storm mall, kill 15, Nairobi

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“Let us then approach God’s throne of Grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”  Heb. 4.16

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The Mercy Prayer Online Book Club–Chpt. 2

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1)  READ: Chapter 2 of The Mercy Prayer: The One Prayer Jesus Always Answers.

2)  WATCH the video below

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Are you holding any stones of condemnation for others?  For yourself?

3)  SHARE your thoughts

The Trauma of Temptation

In this chapter of, The Mercy Prayer: The One Prayer Jesus Always Answers, I introduce the four reasons why everybody needs mercy.

We all sin. We all suffer. We all suffer because of sin. We all sin to alleviate our suffering.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these, especially the last one.  What do you think about the “Trauma of Temptation” that I wrote about on p47ff?

“To seek victory over sin is to choose to suffer.”  Have you ever thought of temptation that way? (Click to Tweet)

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Mercy Prayers of the Week

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(Throughout the week on Twitter (@jazztheologian) & Facebook Page (Click Here) I share a “MercyPrayer4Today,” so we can pray together daily.  Feel free to suggest your own stories using the hashtag #mercyprayer.  At the end of the week I then post them here on my blog.)

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Here are the Mercy Prayers for this past week…

Colorado Teen killed in prank gone wrong

Americans use internet to abandoned children adopted from overseas

Rain & Flash Floods in Colorado

12th Anniversary of 9/11

4 Convicted for Delhi gang rape

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“Let us then approach God’s throne of Grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”  Heb. 4.16

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Click here to learn to pray The Mercy Prayer with every breath you take and every beat of your heart.

The Mercy Prayer Online Book Club–Chpt. 1

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How This Works
Participating in this online book club for The Mercy Prayer is simple…

Read the chapter under discussion

Watch the video below

Share your thoughts

Good God with a Bad Reputation

In, The Mercy Prayer: The One Prayer Jesus Always Answers, I told the story Judge Reichback in New York city who was known for being to easy on criminals.  His lenient sentences caused outrage among the public and district attorneys alike.

Do you see why I compared God to this judge?  Does it make sense when I say that we serve a “Good God with a Bad Reputation?” (Click to Tweet)

God’s mercy raises many difficult questions.

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How can God be both merciful and just at the same time?

What did you like most about chapter one?

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