Blog Posts on Prayer

Pray with Your Books Closed

Jonathan Parnell

We shouldn't open our books without praying, but we'd better pray without opened books.

I think B. B. Warfield would give a thumbs up here. In his salty essay, "The Religious Life of Theological Students," Warfield explains that study should be devotional. He says that study itself is a "religious exercise of the most rewarding kind." And while this is all true, he doesn't stop here. He goes on to…

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Why Some Prayers Fail

Josh Etter

Charles Spurgeon:

Many prayers fail of their errand because there is no faith in them. Prayers which are filled with doubt are requests for refusal. Imagine that you wrote to a friend and said, “Dear Friend, I am in great trouble and I, therefore, tell you, and ask for your help because it seems right to do so. But though I thus write, I have no belief that you will…

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The Value of Praying Together

Josh Etter

Pastor John, during prayer week at Bethlehem in 1987:

One of the values of praying together, in fact, is that it can cut the root of pride by exposing us to the humility and heart-searching longings that get expressed in the prayers of others. My own prayers have often been reproved and corrected and deepened just by being in a group of godly people of prayer.

In fact, I wonder…

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A System for Praying in 2012

Jonathan Parnell

The New Year is a great time to reconfigure the way we do things. And it can be a bit overwhelming.

Diet, exercise, memorization habits, reading lists, time management — all this is good. But perhaps the best place to start — and the foundation to all the rest — is the primary means of grace in the Christian life, the Word and prayer.

For the Word, Justin Taylor has…

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J. C. Ryle on the Power of Prayer

Josh Etter

From Prayer

Nothing seems to be too great, too hard, or too difficult for prayer to do. It has obtained things that seemed impossible and out of reach. It has won victories over fire, air, earth, and water.

Prayer opened the Red Sea. Prayer brought water from the rock and bread from heaven. Prayer made the sun stand still. Prayer brought fire from the sky on Elijah's sacrifice. Prayer…

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Paul Miller on the Doctrine of Prayer

Jonathan Parnell

Lloyd-Jones writes,

Prayer should be going on throughout the day. Prayer need not of necessity be long; it can be brief, just an ejaculation at times is a true prayer. That is, surely. what the Apostle Paul means in his exhortation in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. "Pray without ceasing." . . . As you are walking along a road, or while you are working in your study, you turn frequently to…

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The Nightmare of Communism in North Korea

John Piper

For those of you too young to remember building bomb shelters in the ’50s, and for whom the horrors of Stalin’s Gulags and the “iron curtain” have little impact, I would encourage you to look today at what Communism has done to the soul of North Korea.

I am calling you to pray for this nation, and I am planting antibodies in your bloodstream against the next wave of interest…

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An Impulse You Should Never Ignore

Jonathan Parnell

Martyn Lloyd-Jones writes to preachers:

Above all — and this I regard as most important of all — always respond to every impulse to pray. The impulse to pray may come when you are reading or when you are battling with the text. I would make an absolute law of this — always obey such impulse.

Where does it come from? It is the work of the Holy Spirit; it…

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