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Some Thoughts on Prayer from a Stranger

Posted by Matt Postiff April 30, 2014 on Matt Postiff's Blog under GeneralĀ 

A couple of weeks back, while I was taking a group from our church to the Creation Museum, we stopped for dinner at a restaurant in Lima, Ohio. Members of our group got into a conversation with a businessman there who was a Presbyterian. He has a ministry of encouraging people to pray. He handed me a laminated card that had these two lists on it:

We Are to Pray For
  1. Ourselves - for cleansing from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9) and for wisdom from God (James 1:5)
  2. Our spiritual leaders - open to them a door for the word to speak the mystery of Christ (Col. 4:3)
  3. The believers who are sick - save and raise them (James 5:15)
  4. Our rulers - all in authority to come to knowledge and truth (1 Timothy 2:2 and 4)
  5. Our enemies - help us to love them and do good to them (Matthew 5:44)
Rules for Prayer
  1. In praying we must be reverently single minded with a purity worthy of God as we contemplate God.
  2. We must be aware of our insufficiency and whether prayer be free or liturgical it must never be casual or perfunctory.
  3. Humbled through awareness of our residual depravity, we must give glory to God alone.
  4. Pray with confidence while laying before God or predicament and its perplexity and horror and expectantly look for God to extend his helping hand.

To be sure, this is not a comprehensive theology of prayer. It is a good reminder nonetheless. I have no idea if it comes originally from another source, but I was thankful to meet someone else out there who is not ashamed to name the name of our great God and speak of honoring Him in prayer!

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