An interesting Interview with Scot McKnight on Praying With the Church from Paraclete Press. If you try this out, let me know how it impacted you.
1. What does it mean to pray with the church?
It means to pray set prayers at set times – that is, to use a prayer book to pray with
others, and consciously join Christians around the world who are also praying set prayers at set times.
2. Why do we, as Christians, need fixed hour prayer? Don’t spontaneous prayers work just as well?
The Bible taught Israel to do this as early as Deut. 6:4-5; it became a custom in
ancient Israel to stop to pray 3x a day. Spontaneous prayers are designed to the
individual’s heart in tune with God; fixed hour prayer adds two dimensions – learning to pray from those who walked the path before we did and joining in prayer with the
communion of the saints. Read more…
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer you bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.
H.T. Out of Ur
Pride is a prayer killer, a marriage killer, and lethal to so much more.
Recently, I preached from Psalm 131 on the truth that pride carries a Glock 9mm and every time we consider praying, it shoots to kill with deadly accuracy. You can listen to it here.
This article: Fifty Fruits of Pride: A Self Diagnostic complied by Brent Detwiler is an excellent supplement to my sermon on Psalm 131.
Everyone wants to make a difference. Everyone wants to matter in the world. Piper (in this 3 minute video) will get you thinking about how God has ordained that your prayers cause things to happen that would not happen if you didn’t pray. James 4:2 “You do not have because you do not ask God.”
I am reading John Dickson’s very helpful book The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission. At the same time, our church is doing a sermon series on prayer that we think in incredibly important. So, I was glad when I got to Dickson’s chapter called “The Hidden Mission” because he combines what the church should be doing within our community with what the church should be doing behind closed doors. Namely, praying. Please take a moment and read what he says:
This fall, we will be doing a sermon series on the Psalms. The series is designed to move us as a church toward prayer, and toward better prayer. I’m excited about it, because I think prayer is a neglected part of churches today. So I was excited about this article that I read on small group prayer. But in the end, I was disappointed. I think the article fails. Read more…