The Connection Between the Gospel and Our Praying

The moment we think that our act of praying or not praying contributes to God's being for us, it is self-righteousness.

Piper explains in this video excerpt:

"Christ died for my sins" is shorthand for "The only way to have God 100% on my side is to receive and rest in—as a gift—who Christ is and what he has done for me, and not who I am and what I did for him." That's the heart of the gospel . . .

Watch, listen, or download "Praying in the Closet and in the Spirit."

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Jonathan Parnell (@jonathanparnell) is a writer and content strategist at Desiring God, and is the lead planter of Cities Church in Minneapolis–St. Paul, where he lives with his wife, Melissa, and their five children. He is co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary, author of Reading to Walk: Meditations for the Christian Life, and co-editor of Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice.