Category: Prayer

Responding to the Narcissistic Prayer Life

Proud people abuse prayer. Jesus teaches us that prayer is about communion with our heavenly Father. Prayer involves adoration, confession, intercession for others, expressions of gratitude, and more. The arrogant person knows nothing of these elements of prayer; rather prayer is all about them. Prayer for such people is about getting from God and using God, not communing with God. Correction of the narcissistic prayer life will mean speaking directly to three kinds of misuses. Divine Butler Instead of Sovereign Lord The prideful person views God more like a divine butler than the Sovereign Lord of the Universe. God...

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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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