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Streams in the Desert – December 16

There was also a prophetess, Anna. . . . She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. (Luke 2: 36– 37) There is no doubt that it is by praying that we learn to pray, and that the more we pray, the better our prayers will be. People who...

Streams in the Desert – December 15

Trust in him. (Psalm 37: 5) The word “trust” is the heart of faith and is the Old Testament word given to the infant, or early, stages of faith. The word “faith” conveys more an act of the will, while the word “belief” conveys an act of the mind or intellect, but...

Streams in the Desert – December 14

One of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray. . . .” He said to them, “When you pray, say: “. . . Your kingdom come.” (Luke 11: 1– 2) When one of the disciples said, “Teach us to pray,” the Lord raised His eyes to the far horizon of His Father’s world. He...

Streams in the Desert – December 13

I will give you the treasures of darkness. (Isaiah 45: 3) In the famous lace shops of Brussels, there are special rooms devoted to the spinning of the world’s finest lace, all with the most delicate patterns. The rooms are kept completely dark, except for the light...

Streams in the Desert – December 12

I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4: 6– 7) Just as old soldiers compare their battle scars and stories of war when they...

Streams in the Desert – December 11

Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord who minister by night in the house of the Lord. . . . May the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion. (Psalm 134: 1, 3) You may see this as a strange time to worship—“ minister[ ing] by night in the house...