A strong foundation is the key to any structure. It doesn’t matter if it’s a $20,000 house or a million-dollar mansion. If the foundation is shaky, the house will likely fall amid the howling winds and storms that enter our life.
The Bible speaks clearly about the need for a strong foundation. We all know the parable about the wise man who built his house on the rock (Matthew 7:24-27). When the rain and the winds came, the house built on the rock withstood the pounding.
The foolish man, however, built his house on the sand. When the winds and the rain came, the foolish man’s house collapsed with a great crash.
In June of this year, Southern Baptist editors held a dinner meeting and the guest speaker was Bill Elliff of Arkansas, a longtime pastor, revivalist, consultant and author. He didn’t speak to us that night based on his skills as a writer. Instead, he challenged the editors and writers to enhance our prayer lives. He gave us all a copy of his new book, Simply Prayer. I normally don’t endorse or recommend books but this is a must read for anyone who feels his or her prayer life is not what it needs to be.
And, of course, God knows I need all the help and prodding I can get, so guess who was the guest speaker at the recent Focus Week (staff retreat) of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board? Again, it was Bill Elliff and he spent two full days talking to the staff about prayer. He also talked about the need for revival and spiritual awakening, not only in Tennessee but across our nation and the world. [Read more…]