From eternity the Father, Son, and Spirit have been pouring oceans of love into one another. It’s been a Dance of love that is pure joy itself. And prayer is coming into this Dance! Asherita Ciuciu joins the team to help us thrive in the joy of the Dance. We talk about her book coming in April: Prayers of Rest. Daily Prompts to Slow Down and Hear God’s Voice. Asherita is a speaker, author, and host of the Prayers of Rest podcast. First, maybe you feel ashamed because you’re just not praying enough, Asherita shares words of freedom for you.
Then, how our prayers can affect a thousand generations! Next, Rest Prayer: recite God’s goodness, express neediness, seek stillness and trust his faithfulness. Then, what God brought to Perry’s mind immediately after he prayed, “Lord is there something else you want to say to me?” Next, the gospel frees us to experience the oceans of God’s love. Then, the power of praying the names of God. Finally, Asherita shares that when she came to the end of herself in a power struggle with one of her children, she cried out for God’s strength!
Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. is no stranger to the TV/Film stage with roles in The Big Hit with Mark Wahlberg, CSI: NY, and Melrose Place. Most recently Antonio stars in God’s Not Dead: We the People. Today Anthony shares his riveting story—His great-grandparents were murdered by the Nazi’s at Auschwitz, his mother and grandmother lived under the oppression of Soviet communism in Prague.
Antonio shares that through the grit passed down from his family and through knowing Jesus, he has a passion to communicate the transformative power of God through film. Case in point, we talk about his leading role in God’s Not Dead: We the People, the story of a homeschooling family whose right to use the bible as part of their curriculum is threatened by a city official. They find themselves swept up in a battle for religious freedom that goes from the heartland of America to the halls of Washington DC. If today’s show inspires you, please share!
Maybe not. But look at it this way: Prayer is relationship with Jesus. In a thriving prayer life, we know that we are loved by God as we are, not as we should be. And we know that we can come to God not because we’re so good, but because he’s so good! Today Perry teams up with Matt Chandler, the lead pastor of teaching at the Village Church in Dallas. Maybe you can relate, I’m unworthy to come to God, I feel guilty about not praying more, I’m not qualified to get close to God, God knows all my junk, God let me down, he didn’t answer my sincere cries for help, prayer doesn’t work. If relate to any of this, find out how the gospel is the remedy to give you the freedom to go deeper into prayer. Into Jesus!
If you’ve trusted Jesus to forgive you but you have doubts that you’re in his family to stay, Perry can relate. Perry shares what he’s learned through his doubts—to trust in Jesus’ performance and not his own, and to trust that there’s no fine print canceling any of God’s promises. Then, Shawna’s dad went to heaven on New Year’s Day, and he left Shawna with a priceless gift—a deep love for God’s word. It’s a conversation about what it looks like to pass on a love for the word of God to your kids. Next, you’re going to hit the wall in your journey with Jesus. You’re going to come to the end of yourself. You’re going to be blind-sided by life. How do you survive when it happens? And finally, God’s word lights our path in life, but it’s not usually like a blinding spotlight that lights up a dark woods, it’s more like a flashlight that gives you just enough light for the next step.
Shawna’s learning in the slog of life that she can do all things through Christ who gives her strength—she can do generous things, she can do things without sleep, she can be happy in really hard stuff because she knows the true source of joy. Then, when Perry was 18, he longed to come to Jesus with all his junk, but he felt he had to clean himself up first. That’s when Jesus arranged a meet up that changed his heart forever. Next, there was a man who just couldn’t believe in God becoming a man. But on a snowstorm Christmas eve as he tried and failed to get a flock of birds into his warm barn, he became a believer. Finally, if you or someone you know doubts the resurrection of Jesus, if you would, consider some compelling historical evidence.
Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.
Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.