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Do We Pray like Jesus???

Mark 1:35 (ESV) – 35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he (Jesus) departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.

“Thus at the very beginning of His public ministry, the Servant of God prayed.  Surely we, His servants, know that we should follow His example!  Surely we know the importance of prayer in our ministry for Him!  And yet how slow we are to pray!  The reason there is so little burden for souls, so little conviction of sin, so little response to appeals made for workers in the Lord’s harvest field – the reason for our indifference to the things of Christ is our lack of prayer, persistent, persevering, intercessory prayer!  We sing about prayer; we preach about prayer; we talk about prayer; but do we pray?  Like the disciples of old, let us follow Christ’s example, saying, ‘Lord, teach us to pray!” (Louis Talbot, “Why Four Gospels?”, page 140.)


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John Piper offers a helpful meditation on why Jesus taught His disciples to begin praying with the request, “Hallowed be Thy name…”  You can read it here http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/1701_the_most_important_prayer_request_in_the_world/ .

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Paul Grimmond over at the Sola Panel blog asked the question today, “Who are you listening to?”  Here is an excerpt…

“I am sure from my time in pastoral ministry (not to mention my own struggles) that we aren’t exactly a community characterized by personal Bible reading and prayer. And I wonder if that isn’t because we have turned them into a self-help method. In an age when immediacy and experience are everything, I read the Bible as a personal self-help manual, and I forget that the God who made the world is speaking personally to me every time I read it. We have bought the world’s agenda: we keep pretending that intimacy with God is found in our personal piety and worship. But the God who made and loves me shows himself to me every time I read his word. And maybe if I was reading the Bible to meet God, my prayers wouldn’t so much be about me and my little patch of the world, but about God and his plans in eternity for the glory of his Son and the future of all humanity.”

Who are you listening to?

You can read the whole post here

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Luke 5:12-15 (ESV) – 12  While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 13  And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14  And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 15  But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities.


I have always found this account of Jesus’ healing of the leper very moving.  In it we see:

1)      The power of Jesus. (He heals the leper immediately.)

2)      Not simply the power of Jesus to heal… but the power of Jesus to cleanse from uncleanness.

3)      The compassion of Jesus.  (“Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him.”  Think about how this would have felt to a man who had been devoid of any human contact since contracting leprosy.)

4)      The willingness of Jesus to heal and cleanse those who come to Him.

There is much more that could be said, but it is the tenderness of Jesus which truly strikes me here.

But we should also notice the boldness of the leper in asking Jesus for healing.  He comes to Jesus in faith and asks for something incredible… something impossible… something which only God could possibly do.

Does this describe our prayer life?

Do we come to Christ… boldlyin faith… asking that He provide that which we most need?

Jon Bloom over at the Desiring God blog has written an encouraging post highlighting this aspect of the story far better than I ever could.  You can find it here http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/1578_ask/ . 

Read it for yourself.  Then follow the example of the leper and boldly come to the Savior for the grace and mercy which only He can provide!

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Do you pray for your pastor?  Regularly?  Passionately?

How should you pray for your pastor?

J. Ligon Duncan recently posted an article on praying for your pastor over at the Together for the Gospel blog page which is thoughtful, biblical and… from my perspective as a pastor… of the utmost importance.  You can find it here http://blog.t4g.org/2009/01/praying-for-your-pastor.html .  I strongly encourage you to read the whole thing.  But more importantly… I encourage you to pray for your pastor.  I guarantee you… he needs it!

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Praying in 2009

Ray Ortlund challenges us to pray bold, “nervy” prayers in 2009.  His brief post (commenting on Luke 11:8) is challenging and encouraging all at the same time.  Here is his conclusion:

“As you go into 2009, how are you praying? Got the nerve yet to ask God for what you really need and really long for and what would really display his glory in this God-denying world? Or are you settling for polite prayers that bore you and bore God and change nothing? ”

Read the whole thing here http://christisdeeperstill.blogspot.com/2008/12/one-of-bibles-surprising-words.html .

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Dr. John Piper has posted some thoughts on how we should approach God when we are feeling lousy about ourselves.  Here is an excerpt…

“A vague bad feeling that you are a crummy person is not the same as conviction for sin. Feeling rotten is not the same as repentance.

This morning I began to pray, and felt unworthy to be talking to the Creator of the universe. It was a vague sense of unworthiness. So I told him so. Now what?

Nothing changed until I began to get specific about my sins. Crummy feelings can be useful if they lead to conviction for sins. Vague feelings of being a bad person are not very helpful. The fog of unworthiness needs to take shape into clear dark pillars of disobedience. Then you can point to them and repent and ask for forgiveness and take aim to blow them up.“

Dr. Piper goes on to point out a list of some of our most common sins and urges us to confess them specifically in faith that God is “faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I Jn 1:9.)

Good advice.  You can read the whole post here http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/1499_how_i_approach_god_when_feeling_rotten/

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