Category: Prayer

Five Motivations to Pray

For years, when I thought about prayer, I mostly felt guilty for my lack of a robust prayer life. Reading stories of great saints praying for two hours a day or more left me with a gnawing sense of defeat. I would often resolve to pray more. But the resolves didn’t last. One day I realized that something had changed. While not exactly satisfied with my prayer life, I knew that I had one. I’m sure that I still don’t pray as much as I should. But I pray a lot more than I used to. And I’ve tried to think...

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Persistent Prayer to a Loving Father

Persistent prayer proves hard for many Christians. We may labor on our knees for years as we pray for our unbelieving child, an empty womb, our spouse to be converted, the friend battling cancer, depression to no longer have a hold, a sin to lose its grip or the gift of just one good friend. We pray and continue to pray, ever fighting the temptation to give up. The temptation comes because nothing seems to happen. If we are honest, many times we wonder if our Father in heaven cares. We bow our head, utter our prayer, plead with...

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3 Personal Benefits of Corporate Prayer

Why do people pray? If you walked through a park near your house and asked the picnickers, what answers do you think you would get? Probably, you’d hear responses similar to a recent survey in which 63% of the participants—regardless of their religiosity or prayer habits—think that prayer “adds something” to their lives. But particularly when we consider corporate prayer, our resolve often falters. A congregation of worshippers, heads bowed and eyes closed, being led in prayer by a single elder is not particularly impressive. Corporate prayer has no stirring soundtrack, no vivid visuals, and often no noticeable results....

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Rescue Your Prayer Life

What does the doctrine of the Trinity have to do with the practice of prayer? Well, the Trinity is something that all Christians believe, but often find difficult to understand, much less explain. And prayer is something that all Christians do, but rarely practice with the consistency and delight they know they should. In the realms of Christian doctrine, the Trinity ranks among the most difficult. Among the disciplines of Christian living, prayer tops the list as most challenging. The Trinity and Prayer But there’s another connection between prayer and Trinitarian theology that helps us better understand the doctrine...

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Prayer: Just Do It!

I have been thinking quite a bit lately about prayer, examining my own prayer life or admittedly the lack of one over the past few months. Part of this examination process has involved wondering what makes some people such prayer warriors and devoted to prayer while others seems to treat prayer as a pre-meal exercise or a quick barrage of words prior to falling asleep. I have come to realize that Scripture presents three key truths concerning prayer: 1) It is an essential part of the Christian walk; 2) We have a model of how to pray outlined in...

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