My friend, Steve Kneale, says no. You can read his reasoning here. Why does it matter? Well, it will affect our approach to church life, pastoral ministry and evangelism. A lot of churches organise their meetings around the assumption that unbelievers will be there. We invite them to stand and sing with us. We organise… Continue reading Does God hear the prayers of unbelievers?
The difference between superstition and faith
There’s a moment in Acts when the early church are caught on the hop by God’s ability to answer prayer. There are the believers, earnestly praying for Peter’s release from prison whilst Peter is knocking on the door because the prayer has been answered. Some of us, particularly from more western and conservative backgrounds can… Continue reading The difference between superstition and faith
The Cost of Living Crisis – where’s the call to prayer?
When the Global pandemic hit, there were many people calling for national days of prayer and fasting. Specifically, there were people insisting that the pandemic was a sign of God’s judgement on our land and on our churches and so we needed to repent. When Russia invaded Ukraine, there was an almost spontaneous outbreak of… Continue reading The Cost of Living Crisis – where’s the call to prayer?
Don’t stop praying for Ukraine
We are now in the 4th month since Vladimir Putin began his aggression against Ukraine. Putin, and many analysts expected the war to be over quickly with Ukrainian forces overwhelmed, the President removed and a speedy surrender. Things have not turned out as he planned. Many of the things that we prayed for have happened… Continue reading Don’t stop praying for Ukraine
Don’t forget about Afghanistan
It’s not long back that the return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan and the disorderly withdrawal of British and American troops. At the time I wrote about being Afghan ready . I expressed concern that it was easy for us to virtue signal our concern for refugees and announce our readiness but harder… Continue reading Don’t forget about Afghanistan
How do we pray for our enemies? #FaithrootsPodcast
As we continue to pray for Ukraine, how should we specifically pray concerning Putin? Do the imprecatory psalms like Psalm 69 help? How does this help us think about more personal examples of opposition, suffering and persecution?
Pray for Russia and for Russians
We have talked much over the past few days about what to pray for Ukraine. It’s also important to pray for Russia too. Today’s podcast raises the question “How do we pray for our enemies?” and so I talk specifically about praying for Vladimir Putin. You can listen here: or watch here: However, I want… Continue reading Pray for Russia and for Russians
Praying for and with our brothers and sisters in Ukraine
Ryan Burton King has shared on twitter a guide to praying for and with our Ukrainian brothers and sisters. I posted a few thoughts the other day. However, we can’t do better than to hear and join in with the believers there. These are the things they are praying and they are the things they… Continue reading Praying for and with our brothers and sisters in Ukraine
To Ukraine with love
Checking back on Faithroot.com visit stats, there are a few Ukrainians who drop in to the blog from time to time, not many but a few. So, I wanted to write a message here for you. Please feel free to share with other brothers and sisters. Apologies that this is through Google Translate, so I… Continue reading To Ukraine with love
The Secret Father
I was speaking about the Lord’s Prayer on the Daily Dose the other day. You can watch back here or listen back here. A phrase stood out to me that I’d never really picked up on before. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is… Continue reading The Secret Father