Give us patience, O God, in the hour of trouble, humility in the hour of success, and constancy in the hour of temptation. Grant us thankfulness for your benefits, fear of your judgment, and hope in your enduring mercy, now and forever. Amen. —John Cosin (1594-1672)

I almost used this prayer for Believing Prayer today, but finally opted to do something original. It expresses beautifully the full dependence on God.

Grant us grace, O God, to take your Son for our Redeemer, his life for our example, his word for our rule, his Spirit for our guide, his wounds for our healing and his cross for our salvation, that he may take possession of our hearts, now and for ever. Amen.

—Jeremy Taylor (1613-1657)

Prayer of the Day

Hypocrites prayed long prayers to get people’s attention. They wanted to be recognized as devoted people. Christians don’t pray with this motivation. In fact, they don’t need to make lengthy prayers.

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Matthew 6.8 NET Continue reading

My prayer for youFrom yesterday’s Bible reading, I borrow Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians, in order to make my own request to God for you. After all, no word, no prayer, is better than one from Scripture:

To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1.11-12 ESV Continue reading

bible-distribution-evangelismPeople are already traveling for holidays and vacation here. Numbers were low this morning, especially. But we had a great day with both churches. Numbers may get lower yet in the next couple of weeks.

• This morning I taught on the church’s mission in the series on the New Testament church. This afternoon, on Scripture, in our series on “What Is Christianity?” Continue reading

Maybe it was one of those quick, lightning prayers. Or perhaps he was sharing, in a last-ditch effort to motivate to obedience, what he had already prayed. In either case, the content of his prayer was clear:

Paul replied, “I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time  not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains.”
Acts 26.29 NET Continue reading