Effective Prayer (part 3)

Effective Prayer (part 3)Today we wrapped up our series on Effective Prayer from Daniel 9. Specifically, we learned that Effective Prayer is 1) Explicitly Gospel Centered, 2) Passionately Direct.

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January 15 2017 | Drew's Sermons | Comments Off on Effective Prayer (part 3)

What is Faith Born Out of?

In his book Quiet Talks on Prayer S.D. Gordon makes the following observation about what faith is born out of.

The faith that believes that God will do what you ask is not born in a hurry, it is not born in the dust of the street and the noise of the crowd. Its birthplace is in the secret place, and time, the open Word and a reverent heart are necessary to its growth. Into that heart will come a simple strong faith that the thing it is led to ask shall be accomplished.

September 03 2014 | Blog | Comments Off on What is Faith Born Out of?

What Are the Foremost Qualifications for Christian Leadership?

In his book Teach Us to Pray DA Carson gives the following list of essential character qualities for Christian leaders.

  1. The foremost prerequisite of anyone in authority is godliness.
  2. The second is a vision that reacts in a critical and challenging way to the status quo.
  3. The Christian leader must be tested and proved
  4. The person whom God calls to administer his business must be both teachable and willing to serve.
  5. He must be a man of faith…Endued with a calm assurance of the Guide who has travelled the road before, he knows the vicissitudes of life are not assailing him by chance.
  6. He must have a cooperative spirit.
  7. He must be experienced in spiritual warfare.

August 27 2014 | Blog | Comments Off on What Are the Foremost Qualifications for Christian Leadership?

The One Thing Due Every Minister

On January 27, 1854 Charles Spurgeon accepted a call to be the pastor of the New Park Street Baptist Church in London. In his acceptance letter Spurgeon wrote the following about what every church owes their pastor.

…And now one thing is due to ever minister, and I pray you to remind the church of it, namely, that in private, as well as in public, they must all earnestly wrestle in prayer to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, that I may be sustained in the great work.

The relationship between a pastor and his church is a beautiful weaving together of two hearts, which is only made possible through prayer. I know from personal experience that the one thing I need from the good people of Cool Community Church is what Spurgeon requests here from the New Park Street church, that they would labor in prayer on my behalf.

July 23 2014 | Blog | Comments Off on The One Thing Due Every Minister

DA Carson on Prayer

da-carson-copyDA Carson has had a strong influence on me theologically and pastorally through the books that he has written and scores of his sermons. That’s why it was such a great privilege for me to be able to meet him in person at the EV Free Western District meeting on November 5th.

Carson preached three of the most moving sermons on the subject of prayer that I’ve ever had the privilege to listen to. It was a joy to be able to attend and to hear him in such an intimate environment.

Valley Church of Vacaville just recently made the sermons available online. They can be found here.

December 07 2012 | Blog | Comments Off on DA Carson on Prayer

How to Pray for Your Shepherd

man-prayingI think the sweetest thing that any church member can do for their pastor is to pray for them. There are a number of couples in my church that I know are committed to praying for me and my family. Every time I see them I can’t help but but deeply moved by this tender act of mercy for me.

Trevin Wax recently re-posted an article suggesting specific ways that you can pray for your pastor. I’d like to add a hearty amen behind each of these:

  1. That the gospel would be the focal point of my life and identity.
  2. That I would not fear man by desiring the admiration of people.
  3. That the Lord would not allow me to go long between repentances.
  4. That I would continue to grow in character qualities of man of God.
  5. That I would have a consistent, powerful, diligent life of private prayer.
  6. That the Lord would give me great diligence in study and sermon preparation.
  7. That my preaching and teaching ministry would be empowered by the Holy Spirit.
  8. That I would boldly and faithfully and humbly and joyfully and intentionally share the gospel with the non-Christians in my social orbit.
  9. That I would see Jesus as supremely valuable.

You can follow this link to read the expanded version of each of these.

July 27 2012 | Blog | Comments Off on How to Pray for Your Shepherd

Feeling God…

Grant me to feel thee in fire, and food and every providence, and to see that thy many gifts and creatures are but thy hands and fingers taking hold of me.

Thou bottomless fountain of all good, I give myself to thee out of love, for all I have or own is thine, my goods, family, church, self, to do with as thou wilt, to honour thyself by me, and by all mine. – The Valley of Vision

February 01 2012 | Blog | 1 Comment »

The Valley of Vision

The Valley of Vision is a book of prayers that has meant a lot to me over the years, especially in times of darkness and uncertainty. They provide a well lit path when my own soul seems dark and unable to pray. This is the opening prayer and it has meant a lot to me over the years and especially today.

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,

Thou has brought me to the valley of vision, where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up, that to be low is to be high, that the broken heart is the healed heart, that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit, that the repenting soul is the victorious soul, that to have nothing is to possess all, that to bear the cross is to wear the crown, that to give is to receive, that the valley is the place of vision.

Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells, and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine;

Let me find thy light in my darkness, thy life in my death, thy joy in my sorry, thy grace in my sin, thy riches in my poverty, thy glory in my valley.

January 19 2012 | Blog | Comments Off on The Valley of Vision

You Can’t Create Intimacy

This is a great thought from Paul Miller in A Praying Life.

Any relationship, if it is going to grow, needs private space, time together without an agenda, where you can get to know each other. This creates an environment where closeness can happen, where we can begin to understand each other’s hearts.

You don’t create intimacy; you make room for it. This is true whether you are talking about your spouse, your friend, or God. You need space to be together. Efficiency, multitasking, and busyness all kill intimacy. In short, you can’t get to know God on the fly.

July 27 2011 | Blog | 1 Comment »

Three Things to Remember in Prayer

When we pray, we must always remember three things. We must remember the love of God, which ever desires only what is best for us. We must remember the wisdom of God, which alone knows what is best for us. We must remember the power of God, which alone can bring to pass that which is best for us. He who prays with a perfect trust in the love, wisdom, and power of God will find God’s peace. – William Barclay

June 22 2011 | Blog | Comments Off on Three Things to Remember in Prayer

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