Category Archives: Prayer

Richard Sibbes on demonically-induced thoughts

Some again are haunted with hideous representations to their imaginations, and with vile and unworthy thoughts of God, of Christ, of the Word, which, as busy flies, disquiet and molest their peace. These are cast in like wildfire by Satan, … Continue reading

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David Powlison on “Retooling our prayer requests…[so as to] talk about things that really matter, the things that are on God’s heart”

The Bible’s prayers are rarely about health, travel mercies, finances, doing well on a test, finding a job, or the salvation of unsaved relatives. Of course, these are legitimate things to pray for, but they are a minor emphasis in … Continue reading

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Piper on “Scripture soaked prayer” and “the flame of Emmaus”

In Luke 24:32 the disciples who had talked with Jesus on the Emmaus road, said, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (RSV, emphasis added). … Continue reading

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Packer on how “middle-class misconceptions” of godliness kept the psalms from becoming the “emotional world of my prayers”

As for the psalms I am always intrigued to find how Christians relate to them, for it took me years after my conversion to feel at home in them. Why? For two reasons, I think. First, the view of life … Continue reading

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Packer on “unanswered” prayer

We need not be discouraged by the problem of supposedly unanswered prayer. I say, “supposedly” because I challenge the supposition.  While God has not bound himself to hear unbeliever’s prayers, his promises to answer the prayers of his own children … Continue reading

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