On Thursday May 7, 1992, I joined about 500 other citizens and taxpayers to pray on the lawn at City Hall in the city of Gresham, Oregon. It was the national day of prayer, declared so by our president. Organizers had gone through the right hoops, and the mayor of Gresham had granted permission for us to be there. But the gathering began not with a prayer or song of worship, but a statement read by a police lieutenant culminating in, "You are commanded to leave." What a way to start a prayer meeting!
This originally appeared in the January-February 1994 issue of Eternal Perspectives, EPM's quarterly newsletter.
Our Father in Heaven, we thank you that you are the Sovereign Lord of the Universe. That no bird falls from the sky without your knowledge. That no man rises to power without your permission. We thank you that the king’s heart is in your hand, and you can turn it however you wish.
We pray for our president elect. First, we pray for his repentance and enlightenment. We pray for an awareness that he will be held accountable for all citizens of this ...
- Mon, Feb 17, 2003
- Christian Life
We were made for a person and a place. Jesus is the person. Heaven is the place. We’ll never be satisfied with any person less than Jesus, and no place less than heaven. We won’t be fully content until we’re home with our Beloved. But the closest we can get to contentment—and to heaven—while we’re still here as aliens and strangers on this earth, is when we come away with Jesus and get away from his substitutes.
May He use Come Away to draw us into His presence and empower us in a way that changes the world around us.
- Fri, Dec 18, 2009
All these questions are addressed in Randy Alcorn's book Heaven (Tyndale, 2004). Most of them have clear, though not comprehensive, biblical answers. The others that don't have clear answers can be intelligently speculated upon, based on what Scripture does tell us.