Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2 John Piper relates this story in a sermon, “Devote Yourselves to Prayer” There is a story about D. L. Moody making a visit to Scotland in the 1800’s and opening one of his talks at a local grade school with the rhetorical question, … More Piper: The God who loves to be asked for things
Yesterday, we saw Hezekiah’s wonderful pattern of prayer in 2 Kings 18. Today in Philippians, we have more encouragement to pray “in everything,” Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, … More Paul: “…but in everything by prayer…”
In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. Psalm 120:1 Charles H. Spurgeon says: However, when cries to man would be our weakness, cries to God will be our strength. To whom should children cry but to their father? Does not some good come even out of that vile thing, falsehood, when it drives us … More Crying out to God in distress
And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was … More Ryle: We ought to imitate our Master
John Piper on Ephesians 6, “The Weapon Serves the Wielding Power”-: …I have been impressed more than ever before that God has given us prayer not as an intercom for increased convenience in our secluded cottages, but as a walkie-talkie connecting the general’s headquarters with the transportation line and the field hospital and the front … More A battlefield transmitter for staying in touch with the General
Some of you reading this have been reading your Bible daily this year, and are getting to know more of God in the process. Some of you have just started, and I welcome you to this journey. Some started with great intentions in January, and are having a hard time keeping up and may be … More The criteria for coming to Jesus is messiness.
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.”And going … More See the contrast between the choices of Jesus and the disciples?