• 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

  • Journeying to Judah

    Ezra 8:15–23

    Ordinarily, there is no contradiction between making plans for the future and trusting the Lord for the future. God uses our plans to accomplish His purposes, so we should not think that the plans that we make are necessarily opposed ...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

  • Kingdom-Focused Prayer

    Matthew 6:9–13

    Praying for God’s kingdom to come does not mean we must literally say “God, may your kingdom come.” When we pray for the conversion of others, we are praying for them to bow willingly to His rule; thus we are ...Read More

  • Lifting Holy Hands in Prayer

    1 Timothy 2:8

    Christ promises us that if we forgive others, our heavenly Father will also forgive us, and He warns us that our failure to forgive others means that God will not forgive us (Matt. 6:14–15). Not everyone will accept our attempts ...Read More

  • Living in Times of Crisis

    Habakkuk 3:1-16

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  • 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 the world would ...Read More

  • The Love of the Father

    John 16:25–28

    The book of Hebrews and many other passages in Scripture indicate that Jesus intercedes with the Father for us and for the sake of our perseverance. That does not mean, however, that Jesus somehow has to convince God to be ...Read More

  • 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

  • Our Amen to the Glory of God

    2 Corinthians 1:20

    The Christian faith is simple enough for anyone to grasp and yet so rich that a lifetime of study will not exhaust our need to plumb the depths of our holy religion as it is revealed in sacred Scripture. As ...Read More

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