• Paul’s Presence in Colossae

    Colossians 2:4-5

    Our mystical union with Christ and His people through the Holy Spirit has profound implications for how we pray for believers in other places. Because we are united to the One who transcends all, our prayers are a profound encouragement ...Read More

  • Prayer for Boldness

    Ephesians 6:19–20

    Again we note that, just as in Colossians, Paul does not request in today’s passage to be released from prison but for more ministry opportunities (Col. 4:3–4). This is a model for us. It is, of course ...Read More

  • Pray for Us

    Hebrews 13:18–19

    Everything that ever happens has been ordained by God before the foundation of the world. But we do not know the decrees of God, and His ways are past finding out (Rom. 11:33). Therefore, we must live by His ...Read More

  • Praying for the Mission

    Colossians 4:2-4

    Praying for other Christians is also a way to manifest our love for them, as true love for Paul would motivate the Colossians to intercede for the apostle. John Calvin says that “it is not in vain that the Lord ...Read More

  • Praying in Faith

    James 1:5–8

    Many people today believe that Jesus promises them a high-paying job, a big house, health, and other physical blessings. They presume upon God’s grace, naming and claiming such things as their own. Yet while we may certainly ask for ...Read More

  • Praying Without Preaching

    Matthew 6:5–8

    We pray “not to inform God or instruct him but to beseech him closely, to be made intimate with him, by continuance in supplication; to be humbled; to be reminded of our sins” (John Chrysostom, Homilies on the Gospel of ...Read More

  • Providence and Prayer

    James 5:16b–18

    Divine providence should not hinder prayer. Instead it should make us eager to intercede for ourselves and others, because we know God makes use of our prayers to accomplish His will. Consider this example: If my wife is ill, how ...Read More

  • Righteous Prayer

    James 5:16–18

    In 4:4, James warns us against seeking friendship with the world partly because friendship with the world produces ineffectual prayer (vv. 1–3). Instead, we must be friends of God. Elijah was such a friend of God that he ...Read More

  • Selfless Prayer

    1 Samuel 2:1–11

    As you pray for specific things, do you take into account how the answers may impact the kingdom? Though in some cases it will be easier to do so than in others, all of us should endeavor to pray for ...Read More

  • Snapshot of the Early Church

    Acts 2:42–3:26

    Here are four dimensions of the church. The early believers were excited about and practiced all four, and the leaders responded to their excitement. How does your church measure up in these four dimensions? What can you do, without being ...Read More

  • The Armor of God

    Ephesians 6:10-20

    John Calvin comments on this passage, reminding us that we should not let the “injurious treatment” of others provoke us to revenge, for those who bother us are merely darts from Satan’s hand. “While we are employed in destroying ...Read More

  • The Disciples’ Prayer

    Matthew 6:9–15

    Lack of forgiveness, we learn in today’s passage, may prove a lack of faith. No matter how hard it may be to forgive others, we simply cannot call ourselves followers of Christ if we do not forgive those who ...Read More

  • The Fatherhood of God

    John 1:12–13

    Far from the universalism at the core of Harnack’s definition of Christianity, true, biblical faith is essentially exclusivistic. There is only one God, and the only way to Him is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14 ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Prayer

    Luke 11:1–4

    Using the Lord’s Prayer as a model involves prioritizing our petitions according to the prayer’s structure. The first thing for which Jesus prays is that God’s name would be hallowed and that His kingdom would come. That ...Read More

  • The Power of Prayer

    Acts 12

    For the Gospel to spread, we must pray for the deliverance of oppressed Christians and the destruction of the enemies of the church. We do not dictate to God how to destroy them. He may destroy them as He did ...Read More