Free Prayer

I am both puzzled and amused by a sign written in large letters and posted on one of our main roads in the city.  It reads: "Free Prayer" and then lists a phone number to call.  It puzzles me because I thought that all prayer was "free".

the writer of First Thessalonians urged his readers to "pray constantly".  I think he was urging followers of Jesus to be in a continual attitude of prayer.  If one were attached to a "prayer meter", he or she would soon be bankrupt!

I'm sure that sincere and heartfelt prayer is more talked about and less practiced than it should be, but I am grateful that when I lift my voice in praise or supplication or ask my friends to "pray for me", there is no need to reach for my "charge card".

New Experiences

New experiences can be an exciting amalgam of opportunity, dread, anticipation, and trepidation.  It was so for the people of Israel as they faced an unknown journey into the future.  According to scripture, Joshua led the people to the banks of the Jordan River and there they paused to "take stock" and receive instructions.


Herod was worried.  The whole metropolitan area of Jerusalem was worried too.  The announcement of a regime change is always frightening.