Church Planter’s Devotional

Grace and Prayer

Each man said to his mate, “Come, let us cast lots so we may learn on whose account this calamity has struck us.” So they cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Tell us, now! On whose account has this calamity struck us? What is your

Only by Prayer

After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately. “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” ~ Mark 9:28, 29 READING: Mark 9:14-29 This is an encouraging passage for church planters. Read the entire story. “Everything is possible for him who believes,”

Time for a Prayer Retreat

But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray. ~ Luke 5:16 READING: Luke 6:12-16 If the holy and perfect Son of God needed regularly to go away and pray to His Heavenly Father, how could any of us survive as church planters without regular prayer retreats? Jesus regularly withdrew to pray.

Ask for Help

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ~ Ephesians 5:18 READING: John 16:7-14 Do you feel that ministry is too demanding – that you need help? You are right, you do need help. And the most important help you need is God’s Holy

On this Rock

…on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. ~ Matthew 16:18 READING: Matthew 28:16 – 20 During the hot summer of 2000, Pastor Bashir Deewan and I prayed, planned and planted our first church in Francis Town, Karachi. How difficult it was to

Seeing with the Eyes of Faith

Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. Then the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.” ~ Joshua 6:1, 2 READING: Joshua 6 Joshua looks around. He

A Reminder to Pray

But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. ~ Matthew 6:6 READING: Matthew 6:5-13 And, of course, the reward is God himself. How often would you say that your

Paul’s Prayer Life

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy… ~ Philippians 1:3, 4 (ESV) READING: Philippians 1:1-11 The person who has taught me the most about prayer is the Apostle Paul. His prayer life is so rich

Handling Unbelief

Handling Unbelief Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” ~ Mark 9:24 READING: Mark 9:14-27 An unnamed father had a son who was under the possession of an evil spirit which robbed his speech. He asked the disciples of the Lord to drive out the demon,

Getting Your Vision Off the Runway #2

For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. ~ II Samuel 22:30 (ESV) READING: II Samuel 22:21-51 Uncertainty always marks the journey of effective leaders. It’s the uncertainty of wondering, “How could we possibly do this?” or “I’m not sufficient for