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.
Who is God? What is he like? How do we come to know him? To whom are we speaking when we go to God in prayer?
We are not to expect that God will give us everything we choose to ask for. We know that we sometimes ask, and do not receive, because we ask amiss.
How do I prevent praying the Scriptures from feeling formulaic?
For the humble spirit that knows where its help comes from, every day is a day of thanksgiving!