Prayer (Page 3)
Prayerlessness in the life of a Christian is actually an issue of pride. Think about it, an aspect of praying is asking God for help. So if you are not asking God for help, you are relying on your own abilities and are showing by your actions that you don’t need His help. Even though we may create excuses of busyness or forgetfulness, in the final analysis, prayerlessness…
Jonathan Edwards, the 18th-century revivalist, sat down at age 17 and penned 21 resolutions by which he would live his life. Each week he did a self-check. He regularly summed up how he was doing and sought God’s help in the process.
Prayer is an essential element to the Christian life. The priority of prayer is clearly seen in the life of our Lord. We learn that He often withdrew from the crowds and privately prayed in a secluded place (Luke 5:16). Before appointing the twelve disciples He continued all night in prayer to the Father (Luke 6:12). Prayer was a priority in His ministry. This…
If my ministry as a pastor is prayer and the word of God, should I not be giving a lot of time to prayer …? I have to admit that I find it very hard to do that on my own. It’s much easier praying with a friend. We take it in turns. We use a passage of scripture, say one of Paul’s prayers, and pray in general for each person – for their godliness, growth in Christ,…
Prayer is an immense privilege. I’m sure that most folk who aren’t Christian assume that they can approach God when they are in trouble and, hopefully, he will hear and answer their prayers. But would he? Can a holy God be approached by a person in their sins?
These things are real. God really is holy. We really are unholy. Our unholiness really must be dealt with for a holy God to remain dwelling with his unholy people.
Rev Martin Pakula writes, “I’m sure if I asked most Christians what the Day of Atonement was about that they would answer that it is about the forgiveness of sins. Basically, I would have to disagree!”
How can a holy God remain dwelling with his unholy people?
No one yet grasped that your mortal punishment would bring our eternal peace… your fatal wounding would secure our everlasting healing… your being crushed would lead to our being cherished by the thrice holy God (Isa 53:1-12). Though they had the Scriptures, they had no clue.
A Christmas Prayer: Our living God is not remote, uncaring or idle but who is engaging, outgoing and active. We, His people are called to be like Him Let’s pray that we may reflect Him more accurately