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Prayer

Six things Jesus said we should pray for

large__14199107887Jesus said that our heart will follow our treasure.  In other words, our bank statements will show our priorities.  In a similar way, our prayers follow our priorities.  What do you pray for?  Do you find yourself praying a lot about health, wealth and prosperity?  Those are obviously the things you consider the most important. 

What should we praying for?  Often we struggle in our prayer time because we are not really sure about what we ought to be praying.  Sometimes our church prayer meeting can be the most depressing meetings because we pray for the wrong things, or at least we don’t pray for the best things.  

A helpful practise is praying the prayers found in the Bible.  In Matthew 6:9-15 we have Jesus’ own example of prayer that should serve as our guideline.  Jesus said we should pray like this (v9):

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Christian Worldview

Why does God allow his people to suffer?

IraqWe have all been following with horror the atrocities committed by the Islamic State in northern Iraq against Christians and other minority groups.  We are all filled with revulsion knowing that Boko Haram has kidnapped over 200 mostly Christian schoolgirls. Our news reports are filled with acts of violence being committed against Christians.  Christians are suffering, going hungry and dying of exposure.  How ought we to think about the suffering of God’s people?

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Prayer

If all things happen according to God’s will, why pray?

 large__2380543038The Bible teaches that God is sovereign and providentially orchestrates all things.   In the Old Testament even the unbelieving king Cyrus of the Persian Empire is called “God’s servant”, because he, unknowingly, carries out God’s purposes.   In the Bible God is always pictured as in control of all things, even natural disasters, the throw of a dice and the feeding of birds.  Here is the question: if all things happen according to God will, why should we pray (or do anything)?

William Carey, the famous missionary to India, was at a meeting of ministers in England to raise money for his missionary trip to India.  One older minister stood up and rebuked Carey.  “Sit down, young man”, he said, “if God wants to save the heathen in India he will do it without your help or mine.”

Does the sovereignty of God, like this older minister supposed, excuse us from prayer and missionary endeavour? In answering this question, we must ask two more questions: