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Pastor, You’re Not Too Busy

Pastors often talk as if they are the busiest people in the world. This is not true. Even the secular world realizes what Eugene Peterson wrote to us pastors in his book The Contemplative Pastor: We shouldn’t strive to be … Continue reading

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A Prayer of St. Basil the Great

We bless thee, O God most high and Lord of mercies, who ever workest great and mysterious deeds for us, glorious, wonderful, and numberless; who providest us with sleep as a rest from our infirmities and as a repose for … Continue reading

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Calvin on Why Prayer is Necessary

From Institutes III.xx.2 (1) Prayer brings us the blessings that God has promised.  “It is by the benefit of prayer that we reach those riches laid up for us by the Heavenly Father.” (2) There is safety and security in … Continue reading

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Calvin on What Prayer Is and Does

There are several things we can say to summarize Calvin’s discussion about the nature of prayer (III.xx.2): (1) Prayer brings us the blessings that God has promised.  “It is by the benefit of prayer that we reach those riches laid … Continue reading

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Calvin on Prayer and its Connection to Grace and Faith

Why human depravity and God’s grace require prayer.  Calvin begins his chapter on prayer (III.xx.1) by connecting his teaching on prayer to his previous teaching on God’s grace and our need of it. Once we understand that we are destitute … Continue reading

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Calvin: Six Reasons We Pray

These are from Calvin’s Institutes (III.xx.3). Some say that prayer is unnecessary, even disrespectful, since God knows all and wills all. But God does command prayer for his benefit; he wills it for ours. Calvin cites the example of Elijah … Continue reading

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Nine Reasons Why Your Prayers Should be Saturated with Thankfulness

Because Scripture Commands It Phil. 4:6 makes thankfulness an essential part of prayer. (“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”) Col. 4:2 connects thankfulness with alertness … Continue reading

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What it looks like when a believer is Conformed to Christ

On Wednesday evenings before our church’s prayer time, I’m leading a study of David McIntyre’s book The Hidden Life of Prayer: The life-blood of the Christian. Tucked away at the beginning of chapter 6 is a list of characteristics of … Continue reading

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Seven Things I Shouldn’t Have to Tell You About Prayer But I’m Going to Tell You Anyway (plus one bonus thing)

Prayer is not a blank check that God has signed so quit praying for stuff you shouldn’t be praying for. (He’s not a genie in a bottle or a lucky rabbit’s foot. The Scriptures tell you what you should be … Continue reading

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Four Ways Prayer helps with Temptation

R. C. Sproul talks a little bit about the importance of prayer for combatting temptation in his book Following Christ: The neglect of prayer is a major cause of stagnation in the Christian life. Consider the example of Peter in … Continue reading

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