Do we pray enough?
How often do you pray? How often do you pray as you study the Word of God? How much time do you spend in prayer as you prepare a lesson or message? I fear we spend much too little time seeking to be taught and instructed by the Spirit of the One who inspired the very words we seek to teach others. May God grant us eyes to see our dependence on Him, and may we be found on our knees praying, showing our dependence on God.
“For a man solemnly to undertake the interpretation of any portion of Scripture without invocation of God, to be taught and instructed by his Spirit, is a high provocation of him; nor shall I expect the discovery of truth from any one, who thus proudly engages in a work so much above his ability.”
John Owen, A Discourse Concerning the Holy Spirit
(Philadelphia: Tower & Hogan, 1827), 371.
A long time friend of mine had a major accident, diving into a lake his spinal cord was pinched. Currently he has no feeling from the head down and is in critical condition. Please pray for Conner’s recovery, and for his family, all of whom are believers.
Well, it has been a packed season in my life, getting engaged, finishing my 4th semester at seminary, completing summer school, moving my fiancée’s furniture down to LA, and now heading off to Cambodia for five weeks (leaving tonight at 1:00 AM and returning July 20th). My fiancée will be joining me for the first two weeks so that she can be introduced to the team and the country as we look to future long-term ministry there.
A team from Grace Community Church will be joining for the last two weeks of my trip focusing on serving the local church, through ESL, vbs, and running a week-long camp for Shalom Toul Kork.
We covet your prayers – with all the transition up ahead. How good our God is to us! How marvelous are His blessings!
I’ll keep you updated as we travel to Cambodia, and minister there. Thank you for your prayers and continued support.
Because He lives,
I came across this verse today in my Old Testament Studies class (the second half of the OT). I thought it was an interesting verse to look at in regard to the debate about whether or not Christians should pray to “Saints” or even to Mary. There is a slight translation issue in this verse – but when I have more time, I’ll go into that (only to say now, given the placement of the ’athnach, I think the NASB and ESV got it right).
וְכִֽי־יֹאמְר֣וּ אֲלֵיכֶ֗ם דִּרְשׁ֤וּ אֶל־הָאֹבוֹת֙ וְאֶל־הַיִּדְּעֹנִ֔ים הַֽמְצַפְצְפִ֖ים וְהַמַּהְגִּ֑ים הֲלוֹא־עַם֙ אֶל־אֱלֹהָ֣יו יִדְרֹ֔שׁ בְּעַ֥ד הַחַיִּ֖ים אֶל־הַמֵּתִֽים׃
“When they say to you, “Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?” (Isaiah 8:19, NASB)
“…what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:9-11)
This verse is profound. Oh how little I pray to my Father, who is the giver of good things! What more motivation do I need than this statement made by the Lord Himself, God in flesh? You see, I know God hears prayer, and I know that God gives good to those who ask Him, and yet, I do not live in light of that truth as I should. Oh to remember the goodness of God! To recognize His awesome sovereign power over all things, and His invitation for communion with Him through prayer! The Lord is so gracious to us, to me!
Father, how encouraging these words are. Oh that they should drive me to pursue a deeper passion for the good that You desire, and that I would learn to entreat You for that good more and more. I have seen the Your work in my life, in helping me learn how to pray, and in giving me a greater desire to pray more – and I look forward to growing even more as You continue, by Your faithfulness, to grant me grace.
I’m in the process of writing a paper for my Theology I class on “Does God Repent?” The subject really covers a large amount of Theology, and what one believes about the nature of God’s repentance reveals much about their own understanding of God. But as I was talking about the paper with a friend, we started talking about prayer, and I was reminded through the conversation how sometimes God gives us what we ask for, even though it might hurt us for a short while. Because it will ultimately result in our good-bringing us closer to God. As I studied and wrote last night I came across this quote and thought I would share it: Continue reading →
 From eternity O LORD, your word has been firmly fixed in the heavens.
 Your faithfulness has stood firm through all generations.
You established the earth therefore it endures.
 By your decision all things endure today,
Surely all things are your servants.
 If your law had not been my delight,
Then I would have perished in my affliction.
(NOTE: this is a paper I did for my Hebrew Exegesis class – the fourth in a series of five)
The goal of this paper is to explore the various contexts of Psalm 119:89-92 in order to better understand the passage and to give insight into its meaning, as well as to protect against error in exposition. Continue reading →