To experience the miraculous we cannot demand it from God by using some magical incantation. Neither is a life of study required. A seeking heart makes the connection.
The root of compassion is solidarity in the basic reality of our shared human experience. It is not just a sense of pity or sympathy, but a deeper sense of entering into the “passion” of another human being.
The original Hebrew adds surprising detail and depth to a story of deceit and cunning.
As long as we live on this earth, our constant approach to God will be that of persons in need. Prayer is not only a call for help. It is first and foremost an acknowledgement that everything we are and everything we have comes from God..
Our busy lives and prayer do not have to be mutually exclusive.
In contemplative meditation, loving is more important than thinking, listening more important than asking, being more important than doing, and a deep and attentive silence the most important of all.
God is always “on the air“ and it takes only a listening heart to hear His voice and understand the message He speaks. Too often our hearts are set for transmission only, and incoming calls are not received.
Nothing is as personal as prayer and it should be as unique and special as the one who prays. There are as many ways of praying as there are people who pray.
Rev. Dr. Tim Ehrlich is convinced that Bible stories of demons are more than 1st C AD characterizations of epilepsy for example. Because of the experience described here, he believes there are evil spirits that can be defeated with the power of the name of Jesus.