• Paul’s Intent to Visit Rome

    Romans 1:8–12

    One commentator notes how Paul does not view God’s sovereignty as something that he should take as permission not to pray or act. He knew that the Lord had thus far prevented him from coming to Rome, but he did ...Read More

  • Paul’s Prayer for Harmony

    Romans 15:5–6

    Paul’s prayer for unity in the church based upon the truth of God’s Word and for the glory of Christ should be on our lips as well. How often do you pray for the peace and purity of the church ...Read More

  • Paul’s Prayer for the Ephesians

    Ephesians 1:15-16

    Many people find it hard to pray regularly, which is unfortunate because prayer is among the most powerful tools for advancing the kingdom of God. If you find it hard to pray regularly or are easily distracted when going before ...Read More

  • 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

  • The Piety of Ezra

    Ezra 7:27–28

    When we make plans to secure the favor of others, how often do we entreat the help of God? As we set out to accomplish the mission that the Lord has given us, we must recognize that we will not ...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

  • The Power of Prayer

    Isaiah 38

    God’s granting fifteen more years of life to Hezekiah does not mean He changes His mind like we do. Instead, such accounts show us that the Lord has a real relationship with His people in time and responds to our ...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

  • 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, not wrong to ...Read More

  • A Prayer for Deliverance

    Psalm 6

    Only when we have a high view of God’s sovereignty will we be able to understand that God uses the pain in our lives to discipline us, either to show us the consequences of our sin or to keep us ...Read More

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