• Elijah and the Prophets of Baal

    1 Kings 18

    Scripture exhorts us to persevere in prayer and even to ask others to pray with and for us. However, we are not to think that by doing so we are convincing God to give us the answer we want. The ...Read More

  • King Asa of Judah

    2 Chronicles 14

    Scripture calls us to pray with confidence and boldness (e.g., Heb. 4:16). However, persisting in sin and disobedience makes it hard for us to do this, for we understand that God’s answers to our prayers often are connected to our ...Read More

  • A Pious Family from Ephraim

    1 Samuel 1:1–18

    Even in the midst of a period of spiritual barrenness in Israel, there were true believers such as Elkanah and Hannah. God always has His remnant, and even in the darkest of days we can shine as lights that point ...Read More

  • Ruth Asks Boaz to Redeem Her

    Ruth 3:6–18

    We are not to be wise in our own eyes (Prov. 3:7–8). However, when we have prayed and we see a possible answer to our prayer, we are free to pursue it. In fact, we should be willing to be ...Read More

  • Coping with Anxiety

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  • The Model Prayer

    Matthew 6:9–13

    What do you prioritize in prayer? Do you ask first for the hallowing of God’s name and the extension of His visible kingdom, or do you focus only on your own needs? The Lord’s Prayer shows us that we should ...Read More

  • The Prayer of Thanksgiving

    Colossians 4:2

    As fallen creatures, we are inclined to take the Lord and His gifts for granted, and we frequently forget all that He has done for us. When we make it a practice to remember what the Lord has done for ...Read More

  • The Prayer of Confession

    2 Corinthians 7:9–10

    The dividing line between contrition and attrition can be hard to discern. It is therefore vital that we know the holiness of God, because the better we know His holiness, the more we will be cognizant that the greatest offense ...Read More

  • The Efficacious Prayers of Christ

    John 17:10–13

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary John that “we rest on confidence in the efficacy of the prayers of Jesus, not our own consistency as Christians.” If we had to trust in ourselves for our perseverance, we would ...Read More

  • Jesus Prays to be Glorified

    John 17:4–5

    Returning to the presence of God, Christ had to be glorified in His humanity in order to dwell before God’s face as the incarnate Mediator (John 17:5). His humanity had to participate in glory in order to see God in ...Read More

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