Blog Posts on Prayer
Four Filters for Praying in Jesus' Name
God Wants You to Complain
With my voice I cry out to the Lord; with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.
I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him.”
To live in this…Continue Reading
The Glory of God's Sustaining Grace When Our Prayers Aren't Answered
It doesn't happen often, but it does happen — people see my son Paul and ask if they can pray for him.
At places like WalMart (where it has happened) I usually accept their offer after quietly and quickly assessing…Continue Reading
Pray with Your Books Closed
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…Continue Reading
Inspired to Pray in 2012
If you want to be inspired to pray in 2012 and don’t have time for a long book, Here is a short one.
Probably no book has had a greater effect on my prayer life in proportion to its size…Continue Reading
Why Some Prayers Fail
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…
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…
A System for Praying in 2012
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…Continue Reading