Tag Archives: Prayer

May the mind of Christ, my Savior

May the mind of Christ, my Savior, live in me from day to day, by his love and power controlling all I do and say. May the word of God dwell richly in my heart from hour to hour, so … Continue reading

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Pray immediately

“While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people … presenting my plea before the Lord my God … the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, came to … Continue reading

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Cynical. Jaded. Hope-less.

“Cynicism begins with a wry assurance that everyone has an angle. Behind every silver lining is a cloud. The cynic is always observing, critiquing, but never engaging, loving, and hoping…Cynicism creates a numbness toward life… The movement from naive optimism … Continue reading

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From silken self, O Captain, free

From prayer that asks that I may be Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee, From fearing when I should aspire, From faltering when I should climb higher, From silken self, O Captain, free Thy soldier who would follow Thee. … Continue reading

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unexpected tragedy and prayer through it

A couple nights ago in my town, a car filled with young college girls wrecked. Four girls, aged 19 and 20, died. Their moms and dads sent their daughters off to college last August, just as I did my oldest. … Continue reading

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A template for scripture meditation (Part 2 of “What to do when my heart grows cold”)

As a follow-up to “What to do when my heart grows cold,” I want to give a more specific “how to” template. That post exhorted us to reach for our Bible and meditate on a section of scripture when we … Continue reading

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How can I know what to pray?

If I’m a magnificently created yet small creature (which I am, and you are, too) and my magnificent Creator wants me to communicate with Him (which He does, and that very fact should stupefy us), then I should sit up … Continue reading

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the habit of prayer with your children

O dear friend, if you love your children, I charge you, do not let the early impression of a habit of prayer slip by. If you train your children to do anything, train them, at least, to have a habit … Continue reading

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breathing after God

“Yet there is not a secret, sudden breathing after God, but He observes it.” Matthew Henry, commenting on Matthew 6:6 Painting: Morning Prayer,¬†by¬†Ebenezer Newman Downard, 1860-61 ______________________________

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carrying home the water of grace

Enigma. Mystery. Puzzles and conundrums. Scripture is full of what we interpret as paradox. We, fallen, with finite minds, are unable to grasp God’s ways apart from the Spirit’s illumination. We are but dust, after all. And so when God … Continue reading

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How to turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God

“How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is simple but demanding. It is that we turn each truth that we learn about God into matter for meditation before God, leading … Continue reading

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the hour before dawn

The story of Christian reformation, revival, and renaissance underscores that the darkest hour is often just before dawn, so we should always be people of hope and prayer, not gloom and defeatism. God the Holy Spirit can turn the situation … Continue reading

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when joy and prayer are married

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks.” I Thess. 5:16-18 When joy and prayer are married their first born child is gratitude. When we joy in God for what we have, and believingly pray to Him for more, … Continue reading

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He will hold them fast

Poor sinner, dejected with fear, unbosom thy mind to the Lamb; no wrath on His brow does He wear, nor will He poor mourners condemn; His arm of omnipotent grace is able and willing to save; a sweet and a … Continue reading

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shut the door

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6) If Jesus pulled away from His crowded … Continue reading

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