Category: Prayer

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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Nine Reasons to Pray

Why should we pray? God already knows our hearts. He already knows our desires. So why pray? We could easily say it is because the Bible commands it. Paul goes as far as to say, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17)—that is reason enough. But let’s explore a few other reasons for why we should pray. 1. We pray because we love: A relationship of love is one of enjoying each other. If I say “I love my wife” but never speak to her, it is likely that I don’t love her. If I love her, then I will...

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20 Reasons to Engage in Private Prayer

I absolutely love reading the Puritans. In the words of Billy Joel, they’ve just got a way about them. But unlike Billy I think I do know what it is. It’s that Puritans are drenched in the beauty of the gospel. I’ve been greatly benefiting from Thomas Brooks’ work The Secret Key to Heaven. It has been convicting me and strengthening me. One of the things Puritans did so well was to really drive a point home. It seems that their philosophy was, “Why only give 4 examples when I’ve got 25”. They won’t give up until the truth...

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Three Keys For A Passionate Prayer Life

Every believer should have a connecting time of prayer and devotion. Each of us may have different rituals, practices, places, and/or times for our petitions to be made known, but one thing we should agree on, prayer is imperative for our healthy relationship and walk with Christ. For me, I tend to dive into the Scriptures and see how Jesus connected with the Father. What I see is, the Gospel writers describe Jesus finding time alone. While prayer can be done anywhere and anytime, I believe in the importance of seeking God’s presence in the loneliness of prayer. The...

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Persevering in Prayer Through Stressful Times

Have you ever had one of those days where you just can’t shake your anxiety? No matter what you do, you can’t get your mind off of what is bothering you. You try to pray, but the only words that come out are short, anxiety-soaked cries for help. Right after those short prayers you go right back to worrying. I’ve been there. Truth be told, this article was birthed from an anxiety-ridden prayer session. That prayer session reminded me of a very important truth: Prayer is not worrying on your knees.  If our anxiety level remains the same after we...

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