Articles on Prayer

Answers to Prayer in the Midst of Non-Answers

by John Piper

Why doesn't God, instead of saving us out of trouble, just keep it away entirely?

How Do You Stay Inspired to Pray?

by John Piper

Where people do not pray, churches either die or become human management “successes”. Three suggestions for staying inspired.

If You’re Hungry, Here’s a Next Step

by John Piper

How can you experience more of the fullness of God? Consider taking a personal prayer retreat.

All the Promises of God Are Yes in Christ

Prayer Week 1990

by John Piper

Don’t let turning points pass with no special devotion to the Lord. Set apart some time for special fasting and prayer.

How You Can Change a City and a World

by John Piper

Nine reasons from the Bible for believing that God wills to do great things with the gospel through prayer.

Action Is Not the Essence

by John Piper

Action is crucial, but it must come from faith, ride on faith, and aim at faith.

Desire Starters and the Night of Prayer

by John Piper

If your desires are weak, here are thirty four desire starters.

A Week of Prayer

Going Hard after the Holy God

by John Piper

The measure of our present experience with Christ is the intensity of our longing for its increase.

A Letter Found to the West of the Sanctuary on the Stairs Leading up to the Senior High Room

by John Piper

Screwtape scolds Wormword for not doing more to undermine prayer at Bethlehem.

Wanted: Worm Work

by John Piper

Praying is worm-work. You can’t see worms doing their work. But without them you couldn’t plow the field.

The "All or Nothing" Impediment to Prayer

by John Piper

Pray for total healing and total salvation. But also pray for smaller steps to be made on the way.

"We Have Not Because We Ask Not"

by John Piper

When God aims to do a great work, he starts by planting a spark of desire in a few hearts. Then he fans it into flame through prayer.

Our Incense Before the Lamb

by John Piper

Have you ever thought of your prayers as the aroma of heaven?

What Does It Mean to Bless God?

by John Piper

Blessing God is an "exclamation of gratitude and admiration."

The Sovereignty of God and Prayer

by John Piper

If God ordains all things and his knowledge of all things is infallible, then what is the point of praying that anything happen?

Brothers, Pray for Us

For 700 Pastors

2 Corinthians 11:26-27

by John Piper

A Summary Theology of Prayer

by John Piper

Knowing God's purpose for prayer deepens our commitment to pray and helps us glorify God for why he does what he does.

Big, Sweeping–But Not Insipid–Prayers

by John Piper

How to pray huge, general prayers without them sounding vague or stale.

How to Pray for the Soul—Yours or Another's

by John Piper

How you pray is based on what you believe God can do.
Here are 7 things to ask God to do for your soul and others'.

How to Pray If You Are Dead to the Law and Love to Bear Fruit

by John Piper

What would a Pharisee pray at his conversion?