Recognizing the influence of sin compels us to keep praying - keeping short accounts with God while fighting through seasons of guilt.
What prayer is and what it does and how it works and the ways it changes us and the world is nearly impossible to grasp. So here are just a few thoughts on prayer that have been camping out in my mind . . .
There are certain types of group prayer participants none of us should want to be.
When it comes to prayer requests in your group, you have to admit—you were hoping for more.
We will be as prayerful as we are cognizant of our own weakness.
For many Christians it seems that prayer is one of the most difficult disciplines to maintain.
We ask God for daily bread, always trusting that He knows what the bread for tomorrow will need to look like as well.
We all like to hear about God doing extraordinary things in the lives of other people, but we’re uneasy about putting him on the hook to do the same for us.
I’m awestruck by a metaphor used by 17th-century pastor and poet George Herbert to describe prayer: “reversed thunder.”
Was it wrong of me to utter those fateful words, "I'll be praying for you?"
This is the believer’s confidence in the Lord. God alone is my help and my hope.
What if we walked into every day with the expectation that God hears and answers specific prayer?
God will vindicate his holiness by pouring out wrath on the injustice that disregards it.
Turning prayers for material provision inside out.
Such a petition, fervently presented, will elevate the spirit of all your devotions.
When we come to pray, we can know we are not there alone.
A renewed focus on attentive, undistracted and reverent prayer will greatly help us keep our balance and stay in the saddle.
The prayer of a Christian is not an attempt to force God's hand, but a humble acknowledgment of helplessness and dependence.
Why it is so hard for Christians to talk to God but so easy for us to discuss our complaints with others?
The power to answer prayer belongs to God alone. And the glory for answered prayer belongs to God alone.
Prayer is naturally one of the most spiritual things we can do as believers, so we don’t need to add anything extra to over-spiritualize it.
I’m reminded of God’s faithful use of community to rebuild this young pastor and prepare him to shepherd more boldly and faithfully. I want to do the same for the men in my church and sphere.
God is great. God is good. Let us thank him for this food… and for everything.
We can freely come again and again to a Father who delights in being the best kind of giver.
God does not answer prayers that are motivated by selfish ambition, misplaced priorities, or worldly passions.
The common fault with the most of us is our readiness to yield to distractions.
God never leaves his child behind. He promises to recover them all and see them safely to their heavenly hope.
May we have those childlike reflexes that so characterize the children of God. Let us pray, wait, and watch.
How do I know God hears and answers us?
Believing prayer is prevailing, successful prayer.
God has called his church to live in a constant conversation seeking him in the midst of all things at all times.
You must become one of the fire-caretaker if you want to stay warm with God.
You and I can no more attempt to live this thing called the Christian life without prayer than we can live each second and day without breath. And yet the weakest prayers yield the most grace.
My tips for a strategic ministry are old-fashioned, timeless, and proven.
Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: You decide it’s time to pray, so you close your eyes. Fifteen seconds in, out of nowhere, tomorrow’s to-do list pops up and your thoughts are off on a tangent . . .
Pray the same thing you did yesterday. Here's why . . .
Help from Psalm 25 to encourage more prayer.