During my days of hotel work, I often served as a concierge. Guests would ask for recommendations to local points of interest. These points might be things to do, attractions to see, or places to eat.
Concierge is a feature that points to destinations online. Here are some of my favorite places found recently relating to the topic of prayer. Click on the title of the individual articles to read in full.
If God Doesn’t Heal You by Kathryn Butler
Butler does great service to the church with this article. I talk to so many folks who struggle with prayer that seems to go unanswered by the Lord.
Yet while we pray, we must attend to a critical distinction: although God can heal us, we must never presume that he must.
Pray Shorter Prayers by David Mathis
We are free to abandon our empty, evangelical stock-phrases, and free from needing many words, extending our requests to a certain length to impress, because in Christ, we already are known, loved, cherished, and secure. We are not unknown citizens approaching a distant dignitary, but children drawing near to “our Father.”
Warning Concerning Prayer by R.C. Sproul
Some carry this to an extreme and jump to the conclusion that prayer is something of a magic wand, that if we do prayer with the right sound, in the right manner, with the right phrases, and in the right posture, God is obligated to answer. The idea seems to be that we have the capacity to coerce God Almighty into doing for us whatever it is we want Him to do, but God is not a celestial bellhop who is on call every time we press the button, just waiting to serve us our every request.
This article is an excerpt from a book that was a vital part of my growth regarding prayer, The Prayer of the Lord.
Spurgeon’s 15 Tips for a Deep and Effective Prayer Life by Kevin Halloran
Halloran culls each tip from various writings of Spurgeon. I particularly like Tip #7.
7. If you struggle getting started in prayer, read the Bible first and respond to what God says.
The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down by Albert Mohler
The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer that turns the world upside down. Are you looking for revolution? There is no clearer call to revolution than when we pray “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” But this is a revolution only God can bring … and He will.
This article is an excerpt from Mohler’s new book, The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution.
My prayer for you is that these articles might spur you to find greater joy in spending time with the Lord in prayer.
Reminder: Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments and/or let me know which article you found the most helpful.