• Praying for the King

    Psalm 72:1–11

    Christians who live under governments that are hostile to the interests of the church may find it difficult to pray for their rulers. Scripture, however, does not tell us to pray for our leaders according to their godliness. In fact, ...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 the ...Read More

  • Praying to Our Father in Heaven

    Luke 11:1–2a

    Our earthly fathers are sinners, so they fail us in many ways. Some do so in only minor ways, while others fail to protect and provide for their children in major ways. But our Father in heaven cannot fail us. ...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

  • Providential Working Through Miracles

    2 Kings 6:1–7

    Because God is sovereign over His creation and can direct it to whatever ends He desires, we can be confident that He can answer our prayers. Though God in His sovereignty retains the right to say yes or no to ...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 was translated ...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

  • 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

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