READ: “constantly pray” 1Th 5.17.
THINK: Constancy is a main feature of prayer, in the name of Christ, Jn 15.16, in the Holy Spirit, Jd 20, for the saints, Eph 6.18, with faith, Jas 1.5-8, for the work of Christ, Lk 10.2. It includes praise, gratitude, supplications, intercessions, confession, Mt 6.5-15. Prayer is for every moment. In prayer we talk to God, half of our conversation with him. (In the Bible, he speaks to us.) Continue reading
Here’s a part of my prayer this morning:
What did you give thanks for today on awakening to life and godliness?
Just as the apostle Paul speaks, in 2Co 7, about the sadness that produces repentance and the sadness that brings about death, two kinds of despair exist: one that leads to passivity and another that leads a person to seek help desperately. Continue reading
Glory to God for prayer, through which we may lay every concern, every hurt, every joy, every thought before his throne and be assured that he hears and answers with love in our best interest and that of the gospel.
“For the benefit of the Lord’s cause, many godly men and their respective families travel to areas of the world completely foreign in order to help but a few plant the seed of the word (Luke 8:11), doing what they can to water, leaving to God for the plant’s growth (1 Cor. 3:6). Let us pray for foreign missionaries, and let us do what we can to support them in their work (cf. Rom. 15:24). A most important work it is.” —Sent Preachers | etsop95.
Many millennia ago, man identified the golden mean. The principle doesn’t work in every area, but Agur found one in which it would help him serve God better. Continue reading
Preaching and prayer have something in common: Man speaks at God’s command, so that the Sovereign may employ his power on earth in ways that he would not otherwise do.
The Bible without prayer is like an open ear and a closed mouth. And even the openness of the ear is in question, if we do not heed God’s invitation to share our hearts with him.
We call it NaPraWriMo — National Prayer Writing Month, based after other programs for poetry, novels, and blogging. The “national” part doesn’t fit so well. Maybe it should be GloPraWriMo, Global etc., or InPraWriMo, International, etc. Continue reading
Day by day, O Lord, let us ardently seek your presence, lovingly walk with you and willingly spend ourselves in your service. At the day’s end let us not be found hiding our talents nor at the end of our life be unready to rise up and meet you in the feast of your kingdom; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
—Richard Baxter (1615-1691)