Praying to the glory of God (part 3)

March 8, 2018Prayer

When should we pray? Such a question sounds a bit strange when pitted with other more natural prayer questions like why and how. But I ask this question in order to prompt specific reflection on planning to pray. We can speak in platitudes about the importance of prayer, the necessity of prayer, and the content … Read More

Praying to the glory of God (part 2)

March 7, 2018Prayer

How do we pray? In his book, A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers, D. A. Carson observes, “One of the foundational steps in knowing God, and one of the basic demonstrations that we do know God, is prayer—spiritual, persistent, biblically minded prayer. . . . We have learned to organize, build … Read More

Praying to the glory of God (part 1)

March 6, 2018Prayer

The simple truth is that most Christians, myself included, don’t pray as we should. So even as I write three posts on the subject of prayer, I’m speaking to myself as well as to any readers. My three posts will answer three questions regarding prayer (why do we pray, how do we pray, and when … Read More

Extraordinary Prayers of God’s People

August 25, 2014Jeremy Kimble, Jonathan Edwards, Prayer

Reading through Ephesians recently, I am reminded and exhorted to pray with Paul to know God, experience His power, and understand that we are His people (1:15-19). Later in the book, Paul prays that the saints would be strengthened with the Holy Spirit, and that they would comprehend the vastness of God’s love for us … Read More

Affliction Quickens Prayer

April 24, 2014Jeremy Kimble, Prayer

Today I heard a message preached in chapel on the reality of the persecuted church and the God who provides them comfort. The focus of our time was on 2 Corinthians 1:3-11, which highlights the God of all mercies and comforts, who comforts us in our afflictions. In the latter part of the passage, we … Read More

Praying and Groaning

August 21, 2012Paul Helm, Prayer

By Paul Helm— I don’t know how it is with you, but I cannot cope with times in services of worship when the minister or leader invites the congregation to ‘spend a few moments of quiet praying for someone in special need’. My mind starts to think about anything or nothing except a person I … Read More

Please Pray

August 20, 2012Matthew Barrett, Prayer

By Matthew Barrett– Please pray for Diane Schreiner. As you may know, Diane, the wife of Tom Schreiner, was in a serious bicycle accident recently, which resulted in a brain injury. Their son, Patrick Schreiner, has written about the incident and how you can pray. Tom and Diane and have been dear friends to my … Read More

Unanswered Prayer

May 17, 2012Fred Zaspel, Prayer

By Fred Zaspel– “Unanswered prayer” is a frustrating question virtually every Christian has faced. We know that God has promised to act in response to our prayers, but then he so often does not seem to at all. He has said he will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 20:4-5), but so often … Read More

Michael Haykin on Prayer and Revival

April 24, 2012Michael Haykin, Prayer, Revival, Sermons

Michael A.G. Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, recently delivered a series of messages on “Prayer and Revival” at Immanuel Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., during their first ever Immanuel Network Conference. Links to the talks are included here: Eighteenth-Century English Baptists Sweet Sensibility: Andrew Fuller’s Defense of Religious Affections … Read More