God does not require that we grovel in self-loathing or jump through religious hoops to talk to him, but this does not mean we speak to him as if he is not the perfectly holy Lord of All.
Spiritual leaders can only minister effectively when we pray consistently.
We should do our best to prepare ourselves to lead the saints in corporate prayer.
We know what God can do, but what will you believe He will do?
On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Dr. Kyle Strobel, a theologian at Biola University, about honest prayer.
Prayer is for your own benefit and comfort—it’s an “outlet for grief” and a “lotion” to “bathe our wound in.”
Prayer is expressed helplessness. It is a verbalized acknowledgment of our own lack of power, of our own weakness. And it is in our weakness that God’s power is perfected.
Paul is asking us to push the boundaries of our hearts when we pray.
I deceived myself and thought I had the right to question God, to turn my back and scoff at Him, the Creator of everything.
This may come as news to you, and if so, I am sorry that it has taken this long for someone to tell you, but you are not the center of the universe.