Pray for the nation
1 Timothy 2:1–6 (ESV) First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator
In Time of Suffering
In Time of Suffering This Prayer is written by Robert Hawker, in Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans Gracious Lord! Nothing can reconcile us to you better than to humbly and patiently learn obedience in the school of suffering. We learn by knowing that Jesus, though you are the Son of God, in the eternity of your nature you were pleased in your human nature to learn obedience by the things which you suffered. Precious Jesus! To your love, and your grace, be all praise
The flowing is from the Valley of Vision, a prayer entitled Caring Love. All- sufficient King, When I come into thy presence I see the glory of thy perfections, the throne of eternal and universal empire, the ten thousand time ten thousand who minister to thee. Impress my mind with the consciousness of thy greatness, not to drive me from thee, but to inspire me to approach thee; not to diminish my confidence in thee, but to lead me to admire thy great condescension. Thou hast been mindful of me
Prayer for Civil Authorities
A Prayer for Civil Authorities O gracious Father, Your name is great above the heavens and worthy to be praised, the one who all shall fear above all gods. Splendor and majesty are before you, let us ascribe to you the Glory that is deserved of you in the spender of your holiness. LORD you reign! Let all the nations say, you reign, let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice (Ps 96:4-10). O exalted Son, Jesus Christ, The government sits upon your
A prayer to prepare for Communion
Blessed Lord! I am grateful you commanded your servants to form themselves into churches—and for the wise and gracious way you have provided for the edification of your church, in holiness and love. I adore my Savior, who instituted his supper as a memorial of his dying love—a bond of that union he wants his people to preserve through the ages. Lord, you see how sincerely I give myself to you. And if I now hesitate about this particular manner of doing so,
Outward Prayer We continue looking at some principles of prayer. We have looked at persistence and humility in prayer. Today we look at outward prayer. Praying for people in various positions. We turn to 1 Timothy. Paul, the aged man, writing his personal letter to his beloved spiritual son, Timothy (1 Tim 1:1-2). Timothy was the apprentice to Paul, like Obi-Wan Kenobi to Qui-Gon Jinn. This indeed was a beautiful spiritual bond between these two faithful servants of Christ. Paul met Timothy
Disclaimer: Throughout this devotion, I use examples of people in our modern-day society. I do so as a broad stroke not to apply this to everyone who shares those positions or character traits. All examples have their weaknesses. This is not meant to represent real people; they are only examples. We continue looking at some principals of prayer. Last week we looked at the Persistent widow in Luke 18:1-8. This week we turn to the next parable in Luke 18:9-14 on
We have looked at the pattern of prayer given by Jesus in the Lord’s prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13. We will briefly look at three practices of prayer given in Luke 18 and 1 Timothy 2:1-8. The first will be persistence in prayer. The word persistence means “firm or obstinate continuance in the course of action despite difficulty or opposition.” The Christian life is filled with character-building moments of perseverance (Rom 5:1-5). Prayer is no different. Often the Psalmist asks
What does amen mean?
Amen simply means “let it be.” 1 Chronicles 16:36 David concludes another prayer, “Then all the people said, “Amen!” and praised the Lord.” Amen is found at the end of other passages (Dt 27:15-27; Neh 5:13; 8:6; Rom 1:25; Gal 1:5). We pray amen as an aspiration that our prayer might become reality. Charles Spurgeon said there are four things we state when we pray amen. 1) We pray “amen” as the desire of the heart. We want both the
Can we pray the conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer?
Yours Is We complete our series on the Lord’s prayer with the conclusion, “Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.” We finish with a statement of God’s strength, not a petition. However, the interesting part of this prayer is that it is not found in the accounts of the Lord’s prayer in Matthew or Luke. Some translations include this doxology (KJV, NKJV, and NASB). Most translations only include this in the footnote with a comment