when God says “no”

In reading recently, struck with two prayers to which God said "no". I Kings 19:4: "He (Elijah) came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. 'I have had enough, LORD,' he said. 'Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.'" God's answer to Elijah's prayer? A... Continue Reading →

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Pursuing piety as it’s own reward

Richard Lovelace, Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal (154): "Puritan piety sometimes re-created the counsels of perfection in monastic spirituality in what it required of the normal Christian prayer life. It was considered good for the young Christian to be challenged with the marathon records of Jesus and the saints. This could be... Continue Reading →

Making room

From A Praying Life: You don't create intimacy; you make room for it. ...If Jesus has to pull away from people and noise in order to pray, then it makes sense that we need to as well.

He stands ready to teach us

Luke 11:1 (NIV): "One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, 'Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.'" Gordon Hugenberger in his book on the Lord's Prayer, writes of this question and Jesus' response: Jesus' response to this question is... Continue Reading →

The Savior of my prayers

Paul Miller, in his book A Praying Life: Imagine that your prayer is a poorly dressed beggar reeking of alcohol and body odor, stumbling toward the palace of the great king. You have become your prayer. As you shuffle toward the barred gate, the guards stiffen. Your smell has preceded you. You stammer out a... Continue Reading →

Two men at prayer

Mack Stiles, businessman in Dubai, tells this story when sharing the gospel in a Muslim context: Two men went to the mosque to pray. One was a rich man, the other a poor man. The rich man went through his libations and prayers as he did five times a day. As he was praying, he began to... Continue Reading →

Prayer is the expression of hope

David Wells, in his classic article, Prayer: Rebelling Against the Status Quo - Against all of this, it must be asserted that petitionary prayer only flourishes where there is a twofold belief: first, that God's name is hallowed too irregularly, his kingdom has come too little, and his will is done too infrequently; second, that... Continue Reading →

Grasp this mightily

Now open the ears of your heart, timid child of God! We aren't supposed to learn to be holy as a hard lesson at school so we can make God think well of us. We are to learn it at home with the Father to help us. God loves you not because you are clever... Continue Reading →

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