Tim Keller’s new book on prayer comes out next week, and it looks excellent. When I was at Catalyst a few weeks ago, I saw him doing an interview on the book and he made a very insightful point. In talking about how to become better at making time for prayer, he said this: “If […]
Just came across this book at Ligonier Ministries called A Simple Way to Pray. It contains a short booklet Martin Luther wrote for his barber on how to pray. RC Sproul had this to say about Luther’s pamphlet: “No book has done more to revolutionize my personal prayer life than this little book by Martin Luther.” That’s quite […]
Here’s another cut from my book: 1. Persevere in Prayer Perseverance in prayer as a key means of overcoming obstacles. Don’t stop praying about something just because it hasn’t been answered within a few days or weeks. Keep pressing on. This is exactly what Jesus commands us to do: “And he told them a parable […]
The Bible talks often about supplication as a substantial type of prayer (Philippians 4:6, etc.). But what is supplication? It is not simply asking God for things. Rather, it is making a case before God. JP Moreland explains this well in Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life […]
JI Packer, in Knowing Christianity: We need not be discouraged by the problem of supposedly unanswered prayer. I say “supposedly” because I challenge the supposition. While God has not bound himself to hear unbelievers’ prayers, his promises to answer the prayers of his own children are categorical and inclusive. It must then be wrong to […]
How does prayer relate to productivity? In many ways. One is: Focus on the important not just in your actions, but also in your prayers. Make sure you are praying for the most important thing of all. On this, see John Piper’s great post, The Most Important Prayer Request in the World.