For the humble spirit that knows where its help comes from, every day is a day of thanksgiving!
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.
Sometimes, the ‘No’ we hear as an answer to prayer tells us more than any ‘Yes’ could have.
We will be as prayerful as we are cognizant of our own weakness.
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 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?"
Prayerlessness in the Christian life, especially in seasons of being tried and tested, is a fascinatingly sad phenomenon.
Prevailing prayer takes the Christian to Carmel, and enables him to cover heaven with clouds of blessing, and earth with floods of mercy.
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?
What if one of my primary concerns in every situation was my holiness instead of my comfort?
Praying these three prayers allows us to seek the activity of God in all this and yet to display deep trust in him to work as he chooses for his glory.
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.
The way some people talk about prayer owes more to New Age spirituality and witchcraft than biblical Christianity.
When we come to pray, we can know we are not there alone.
Jesus’ sinlessness and corresponding righteousness mean he never wasted a second in disobedience outside of God’s decreed will.
Men, if we want our country and community to change, if we want to see people come to Jesus, we have to be spiritual leaders who are leading out in prayer.
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.
Prayers for people we don't even know around the world to be brought to Christ engages us in the great purpose of the Christian life.
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.
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.
The listening, loving, inclined ear of God is a gift that flows from the gospel.
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.
Prayer is an important aspect of the spiritual life, but if we were honest, we’d probably admit that we pray much less than we ought
FTC.co asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "How do you encourage someone who is struggling with prayer?"
How do I prevent praying the Scriptures from feeling formulaic?
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?
We must have answers to prayer.
Believing prayer is prevailing, successful prayer.
When our churches recall the duty of prayer, they also step into the exact footsteps Christ taught his disciples to live.
Come to Him - especially if you don’t feel joyful - and ask for joy from the Healer, the Care-giver, and the only One who can turn your sorrow into joy.