Thursday, May 29, 2008

Tim Challies On Hindrances Concerning Prayer

Tim Challies has written an insightful post on six things that hinder Christians in prayer. It is biblically-based and worth a read. Below is a small excerpt.

It is the Lord’s delight to give us what we ask of Him in prayer. Like David, we should all pray, “O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth” (Psalm 54:2). If Christians did not believe in the efficacy of prayer, there would be no reason for us to ask anything of God. He is the one who tells us that we can have confidence that our prayers ascend to Him. “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him” (1 John 5:14,15). While as Christians we pay lip-service to the superlatives in that sentence (“whatever” and “anything”), how often do we really believe it?

You can read more here.

Some questions:
-Do you think these six things hinder your prayer life?
-Did you come away from reading his post with a firmer grip on prayer that is pleasing to God?
-Would you say that prayer is your weakest, strongest, or somewhere in between area of your faith?
-Why do you pray?

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