• Exalting the Lord’s Kingdom, Power, and Glory

    1 Chronicles 29:11

    In its liturgical form, the Lord’s Prayer begins and ends with God’s holy name, His kingdom, and His glory. The church has been wise in this, and we can learn from the saints who have gone before us that we ...Read More

  • Praying for Our Needs

    Matthew 6:11

    As sinners, we are not owed anything by the Lord, not even the bread we eat every day. Asking God to provide us with our daily bread helps us remember His grace not only in saving us from sin but ...Read More

  • Praying for God’s Will to Be Done

    Matthew 6:10b

    It is not wrong to do God’s will because it is our duty to obey Him. However, God wants us to be content with His will, to seek to do His will not merely out of duty but because we ...Read More

  • Praying for God’s Holy Kingdom

    Luke 11:2

    One way to evaluate whether our prayers are lining up with how God wants us to pray is to consider how often we pray for God’s holiness to be recognized and for His kingdom to come. If we regularly spend ...Read More

  • Praying to Our Father in Heaven

    Luke 11:1–2a

    Our earthly fathers are sinners, so they fail us in many ways. Some do so in only minor ways, while others fail to protect and provide for their children in major ways. But our Father in heaven cannot fail us. ...Read More

  • The Prayer Life of Jesus

    Mark 6:45–46

    Jesus is more than a model of faithfulness to God, but He is certainly not less than that. Thus, we learn from Him that when we are faced with temptation and need sustenance in life and ministry, we must turn ...Read More

  • The Worship of Angels?

    Revelation 22:8-9

    As Protestants, we might not be tempted to pray to angels, but we must be on guard against the idolatrous ideas that may creep into our own thinking. Maybe we start trusting angels, ever so slightly, to preserve us and ...Read More

  • Glory to the Name of the Lord

    Psalm 115:1–8

    Often we present our supplications to the Lord as a list of needs that do not call for His glory to be manifest. Certainly, it is appropriate to pray for our God to satisfy our needs, but our chief reason ...Read More

  • When Darkness Is Our Companion

    Psalm 88

    Many Christian authors have written about “the dark night of the soul” or “spiritual depression,” referring to those times when God seems far away and we feel spiritually dry and down. At such times, we are not to believe that ...Read More

  • The House of Prayer

    Isaiah 56:6–8

    The prayer life of an individual and of the church says a lot about their view of the Lord. If we are careful to develop a precise theology and yet have an anemic prayer life, it may be that we ...Read More

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