Prayer ceased to be thought of primarily as worship and became rather the best means for the fulfillment of human need.
–Iain Murray, Revival & Revivalism
This quote from Iain Murray describes a shift in American Christian thought in the 19th century as it related to the subject of prayer and the working of God.
When the prophet Nathan confronted King David about his prodigal or riotous actions, David cried out to God in Psalm 51. His prayer included confession and asking for God’s forgiveness. But the question must be asked, upon what basis could David make such a request?
During my days of hotel work, guests often asked for recommendations for local points of interest. These points could be things to do, attractions to see or places to eat. Concierge is a feature that points to destinations online for guests to this blog.
This edition of Concierge points out 13 places online which proved beneficial to me during May 2016. By doing this only once a month, I hope to provide some great referrals. This month I have linked to 12 articles and one video.
King David was forced to face his death deserving sin by the confrontation of the prophet Nathan. Deep conviction stirred the heart of the one who God would later call a man after my heart (Acts 13:22). David would cry out to God by confessing that he was guilty of transgressions, iniquity and sin.
Since God is holy, wicked men cannot hope for fellowship with the Creator…unless this holy God grants forgiveness. The penalty for sin is death, alienation or separation from God. By his own words to Nathan, David knew that he deserved death.
In Psalm 51 David repeatedly asks for forgiveness. Let’s examine the eight lines David employs in this request.
“You are the man (2 Samuel 12:7)!” These words from the prophet Nathan pierced to the core of King David. The Lord exposed David’s adultery with Bathsheba and the murderous coverup. What would David, the prodigal king, do?
Nearly seven years have passed since I penned the fifth part of this autobiography. Much has happened in that time related to my walk with the Lord and his church. It seems appropriate to now update my story. Hopefully this chapter will shine more of the spotlight on the glorious grace of our Lord rather than on the wretched prodigal of this man.
In this article we are continuing to examine lists in the Bible. More particularly, we are considering how best to interpret these lists. The previous two articles in this series are:
This time let’s take a look at The Lord’s Prayer as recorded in Matthew 6:9-13. (Luke also gives an account in Luke 11:2-4). This prayer serves as a model given by the Lord to his disciples when they asked Jesus to teach them to pray.