Friday, November 11, 2011

Some Posts on Prayer. First, from Piper.

In light of our Week of Prayer at OBF, I thought I'd repost some things on prayer. Here's the first, with a couple more to follow.

John Piper:
You will not know what prayer is for until you know that life is war. One of the great obstacles to praying is that life is just too routinely smooth for many of us. The battlefront is way out there, but here in my tiny bubble of peace and contentment all is well. O may God open our eyes to see and feel the needs around us and the great potential of prayer.
This is from Piper's message Be Devoted to Prayer. In the message, he also gives three reasons why we should pray:
  1. The Bible tells us to pray and we should do what God says.
  2. The needs in your own life, and in your family, and in this church and other churches, and in the cause of world missions, and in our culture at large are huge and desperate. In many cases heaven and hell hang in the balance, faith or unbelief, life and death.
  3. God acts when we pray. And God can do more in five seconds than we can do in five years.

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