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Prayer

A Topical Survey

Overview

God has established prayer as the means by which we receive his supernatural help. And without supernatural help, we cannot live a life worthy of the gospel. Everything that distinguishes Christians from the world in a Christ-exalting way is a work of God’s supernatural grace. And God has ordained that this grace flows to us through prayer. That’s why prayer must be central, not peripheral, in our lives and families and ministries.

Foundational Resource

In this sermon, John Piper gives us three reasons to be devoted to prayer, and five pairs of practical suggestions for how to cultivate our personal prayer lives.

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” — Romans 12:12

What Is Prayer?

Maybe you have never prayed to God yourself. Or maybe you’ve prayed for years, but have a hard time explaining why. These resources will help you understand what prayer is and why it is so important in the Christian life.

What Should We Pray For?

Most of us sense the desire to pray, and even want to develop a better prayer life, but we don’t know what to pray for. Each of these resources offers ideas for requests you might bring to God in prayer. Some are more specific and others more general, but all offer examples that you can adapt to make your own.

Sermons on Prayer

Since he was a pastor for decades, John Piper has preached many times from many angles and many passages on prayer. Here are a few of our favorites.

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the years, John Piper has answered more than a dozen pressing questions related to prayer. Below are several of the most popular, along with a link to the full list. Has he already answered your question?

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How to Persevere in Prayer

If you are struggling to maintain a healthy and vibrant prayer life, you are not alone. Every lifelong journey of prayer comes with seasons of dryness or discouragement. These resources were crafted to help you endure the valleys with hope and rebuild your communion with God.

Study the Lord’s Prayer

In five short verses, Jesus himself taught us how to pray. Transforming glories can be seen in these most familiar words of “The Lord’s Prayer” if we will slow down enough to see them. In this series of three labs, John Piper puts the text on the screen and helps you mine more for your prayers.