The New Year’s resolution game can sometimes profit a person, but I don’t put much stock into it. I have found that people often need to be at a place of desperation before they are willing to change. There has to be the recognition that what is going on must not be allowed to continue. … More I Resolve to Pray
Did you know that the Apostles made prayer requests? At the tail end of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he included a prayer request for himself. Now this may surprise us because so often we think of prayer requests as something we do. We see prayer requests arise whenever there is a natural disaster, like … More Pray For Your Heart
The English puritan, John Owen, once wrote, “[The Holy Spirit] disposes the hearts of men to pray and enables them so to do.” (Works, 4:260) We may fail to realize this sometimes but the entirety of our spiritual life as Christians is rooted in the person and work of the Holy Spirit. What exactly does … More Pray By the Spirit
There are few books as cherished as the book of Psalms. Though originally penned for a Jewish audience this little book has come to comfort the hearts of Christians all over the globe. Whether we consider the majesty of Psalm 19 and the recognition that all of existence displays God’s glory, or the sweetness of … More The Sweetness of the Psalms
The church stands upon the pillars of the Word, the Sacraments, and prayer. This is at least true for those building off the Reformed or Presbyterian tradition. We have always needed God’s Word to guide and lead us. We have always needed the sacraments to strengthen us and visibly demonstrate the Gospel. But is prayer … More The Sudden Disappearance of the Prayer Meeting
Have you ever though to yourself: Why is prayer necessary? The God of the Bible is omniscient, meaning He knows all things. He knows what we are going to say before we say it. Our hearts are an open book before Him. If so, why then do we pray? Some individuals, whether they are well-intentioned … More Must We Pray?
In the Psalter, David once wrote, “Trust in Him [that is God] at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:8 ESV). This verse of Scripture invites us to act in two distinct ways: 1) Trust in God always; 2) Pour out your heart before … More Pouring Out Your Heart
How do you grow as a Christian? So often today we find people wanting to advance in their education or career, they want to improve their diets and their physique, but how often do we find individuals who want to improve their walk with the Lord? The Bible teaches us that if we are calling … More How Do Christians Grow?
One of the great tools of the church are her prayerbooks. This comes as no surprise as the Bible itself contains the Book of Psalms: a book that may be described as much a hymnal as a prayerbook. Prayerbooks are collections of prayers written by various saints throughout history. They are valuable for a host … More Fighting for Hope
One of my favorite tools in my study is a little black book that belonged to one of my predecessors. It’s a rather ordinary little book that has certainly been through the wringer. However, its appearance ought not to be assumed equivalent with its value. It is a prayer book of the American Anglican tradition … More Prayers For Our Country