• The Spirit’s Intercession

    Romans 8:26-27

    John Calvin comments, “Except we are supported by God’s hands, we are soon overwhelmed by innumerable evils…though we are in every respect weak, and various infirmities threaten our fall, there is yet sufficient protection in God’s Spirit to preserve us ...Read More

  • Turning Adversity to Good

    Luke 11:5–13

    When the catechism says that God gives His Spirit only to those who ask, it is not speaking of God’s blessing of the Holy Spirit in our regeneration, which is His work alone. Rather, the confession is speaking of subsequent ...Read More

  • Unceasing Prayer

    1 Thessalonians 5:17

    In today’s passage the apostle Paul tells us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). Many people find it hard to maintain a consistent prayer life, and so they neglect this important means of grace in the Christian journey. We ...Read More

  • Whatever We Ask

    1 John 3:21–22

    As we spend time in the prayerful study of Scripture, we will know better what pleases God and thus be able to pray more effectively. As we learn Scripture, our prayers should become less self-centered and more in line with ...Read More

  • What Should We Pray For?

    Matthew 6:33

    Our compassionate and gracious God is far more concerned about our essential needs than we can ever know. That is why we should not be afraid to mention even those needs that we consider the most insignificant whenever we talk ...Read More

  • What We Owe to Civil Authorities

    1 Timothy 2:1–2

    It is easy to grumble and complain about our civil leaders and then stop there. But God would have us not merely speak up when the government acts unjustly; rather, He calls us also to pray for our leaders. Let ...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

  • When Disobedience Is Required

    Acts 4:1–22

    Choosing to obey Christ when His commands conflict with the state’s may earn us the designation of criminals or traitors. But that should not dissuade us from submitting first to Christ’s commandments before we do what the government says. Let ...Read More

  • Why Do God’s People Pray?

    1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

    Giving thanks in all circumstances does not mean that we become thrilled with the prospect of pain. Instead, it means thanking the Lord for how He uses our greatest joys and deepest hurts to make us more like Jesus. Regular ...Read More

  • Why Pray?

    Ephesians 6:10-20

    From your knowledge of Scripture, list the benefits and obligations of prayer. Look up prayer in your concordance or cross references to help you. Do you pray with adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication? Strive to pray in a complete manner ...Read More

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