Posted by: Moses | May 31, 2006

Gleanings Concerning Prayer

Christ taught the disciples to pray simply. This simple prayer illustrates dependence and testifies to God’s knowledge, in contrast to the confusing, flippant, faithless, and fake prayers that surrounded them.

Our prayers should be characterized by a genuine spirit, responding in faith to circumstances around us.

Our prayers should be conscious that we are impotent without God.

Our prayers should be confident, illustrating our confidence in God’s promises, knowledge and power.

Our prayers should be consistent, illustrating our need for God in that even when an answer is slow, we keep coming to God as the only source for our answer.

(Matthew 6 and Luke 11)

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  1. Calvin had a great argument drawn from the Lord’s Prayer. He was going through a dialectic on whether “our works” are really “ours” or not and whether the fact that the Bible sometimes expresses it in this way infers that they come of our own doing and not of pure grace. The argument was something to the effect of, if we ask the Lord in the model prayer to “give us this day our daily bread,” then why do we even ask if it is already ours? He then cross-applied it to the works argument. Anyway, I thought it was clever.

  2. Here, I thought that you maybe would like some more Biblical support (not that the model prayer isn’t enough). Plus, this is from the OT. I’m not sure if it totally applies to prayer or not, but it definitely applies to talking in the presence of God.

    Eccl. 5:2
    Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.

    Redman has a song based off this verse. He’s good about that, even if his music does get really repetitive at times.

  3. wait. . . now we’re missing a post.

  4. What do you mean? I don’t think any of my posts have been abducted.

  5. The one that was on here yesterday on the beginning of Colossians is missing, or at least not showing up.


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