Monday, January 26, 2009

Prayer as Duty and Delight

Okay, once again it seems the theme for the day is prayer! Not surprising to me since I struggle to be more disciplined in prayer. The first post is from Tim Challies, then one from Matt Waymeyer of Pulpit Magazine, the third is also from Tim Challies, and the last is from Greg Gilbert with the 9Marks Blog. I hope you find them to be an encouragement!!!

Prayer as Duty and Delight

(by Tim Challies)
The Apostle had confidence that God was able to do things far beyond our ability to even imagine, closing his prayer for the Ephesians by praying in the name of “him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” What seems so big to us is so small to God. Is the Creator of all the universe bound by the limitations that seem so clear to us?
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Why Pray if God Is Sovereign? (Part 3)

By Matt Waymeyer
So far, we have considered two reasons to pray in light of God’s sovereignty. Today we will consider two more.

3. God is able to respond to our prayers.

Rather than hindering the prayers of believers, the sovereignty of God ought to motivate them to pray, for “prayer grows from the certainty of God’s omnipotence and sovereignty” (The God Who Hears, 47). Put another way, if God does not reign in sovereignty over His creation and is not able to accomplish whatever He desires in and through it, why bother requesting of Him what He is unable to deliver?

To illustrate, if a five-year-old boy repeatedly asks his mother to make it stop raining on a Saturday morning, this may create a precious memory, but in the final analysis the boy’s request is misguided.
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A Prayer for the Lord’s Supper

Tim Challies
Today is widely regarded as the best Sunday of the month at Grace Fellowship Church. We gather in the morning for our regular morning service but afterward, instead of going our separate ways, we enjoy a potluck fellowship lunch. Following that, we have a brief second service that culminates in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. I thought this was an appropriate prayer for any of us who are preparing to enjoy Lord’s Supper on this Lord’s Day. It is drawn from The Valley of Vision.
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Prayers at Capitol Hill
(by Greg Gilbert)
Some time ago we were talking a bit about the various prayers we pray during our services at Capitol Hill Baptist. A few commenters asked for some examples of those various prayers. Well, I found some. Here, for example, is a Prayer of Praise from 2007:
Father, we praise you that you are a God who makes wonderful promises. We praise you that you promise life, peace and joy; you promise a world ruled by a perfect ruler who loves and cares for his subjects.
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