Blog Posts on Prayer

The Value of Praying Together

Josh Etter
The Value of Praying Together

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 if we should expect our private prayer life to advance in maturity and depth and intensity if we never... Continue Reading

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 put together a great list of Bible reading plans to consider. As for prayer, you might also find that some... Continue Reading

J. C. Ryle on the Power of Prayer

Josh Etter
J. C. Ryle on the Power of Prayer

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 turned the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness. Prayer overthrew the army of... Continue Reading

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 God in prayer. (Preaching and Preachers, 170).

Paul Miller would agree: "We pray not out of... Continue Reading

The Nightmare of Communism in North Korea

John Piper
The Nightmare of Communism in North Korea

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 in the Communist dream, which for North Korea has been a nightmare.

The magnificent prayer... Continue Reading

An Impulse You Should Never Ignore

Jonathan Parnell
An Impulse You Should Never Ignore

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 is a part of the meaning of, 'Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to... Continue Reading

Be Encouraged to Pray This Summer

John Piper
Be Encouraged to Pray This Summer

Where to pray is not the issue. But whether.

Let J. C. Ryle stir you up as he has me.

I dare not lay down too strict rules on such points as these. I leave them to your own conscience. You must be guided by circumstances.

Our Lord Jesus Christ prayed on a mountain;
Isaac prayed in the fields;
Hezekiah turned his face to the wall as he lay upon his bed;
Daniel prayed by the riverside;
Peter, the Apostle, on the housetop.

I have heard of young men praying in stables and... Continue Reading

What is Prayer?

Josh Etter

John Piper defines prayer as "intentionally conveying a message to God" —

See the video on YouTube.

What Is Present When Kneeling to Pray in Jesus’ Name

John Piper
What Is Present When Kneeling to Pray in Jesus’ Name

Here’s what is present when we kneel to pray in Jesus’ name:

    1. God the Father on his throne sovereign over the universe, with a welcoming, countenance focused on us.

    2. God the Son in his high priestly role, standing as advocate before the throne as a Lamb that was slain with perfect righteousness and with all God’s promises purchased fully in his hand interceding for us.

    3. God the Spirit within us, having already inclined us to pray, poised to guide our... Continue Reading