Assurance in Prayer (Psa 34.17, 18)

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Honestly, we are prone to doubt that prayer does any good, and then to slacken our praying, if we do not stop altogether. One reason is that we do not receive instant answers; our trials are often prolonged. Then doubt creeps in, hope fades, and God seems far away.

Believers have always been vulnerable to these temptations. Scripture meets them where they are with words of consolation and encouragement. Faith lays hold of them and perseveres through the night until the dawn of answered prayer.

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By | June 22nd, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, Prayer|

To Whom Do We Pray

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up (Psa 5.3).

To whom do we pray? God, of course. It may seem such a basic topic that you think it hardly justifies more than a moment’s consideration, but patient reflection and meditation, in the light of Scripture and with a knowledge of church history, prove otherwise.

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By | May 5th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, Prayer|

Remedies for Problems in Prayer

hiding-placeDr. Peter Masters

Various troubles may be experienced from time to time by believers in their life of prayer, and pastors are not excepted. Here are a number of such problems for which solutions will be suggested in this chapter. (We have not included the possibility of hardness of heart resulting from unrepented of ­serious sin.)

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By | September 16th, 2016|Herald, Prayer|

Prayer in Desperation

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord:
And my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple (Jon 2.7).

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By | September 8th, 2016|Herald, Prayer|

How to Lead in Public Prayer

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

“Meetings for social prayer,” small groups in private homes, were probably more common in the 18th century than today. However, our mid-week prayer meetings in church buildings are basically the same thing, and Newton’s advice in this letter applies to these just as well.


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By | June 3rd, 2016|Herald, Prayer|

I Can’t Pray

071320151439-SpurgeonC.H. Spurgeon

Rowland Hill once had to stop in a village where there was no other house but a tavern; and having a pair of horses to bait and going into the best room of the inn, he was considered to be a valuable guest for the night. So the host came in, and he said, “Glad to see you, Mr. Hill.”

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By | February 16th, 2016|Herald, Prayer|

Familiar Conversation with God: Calvin on Prayer

john-calvinDr. Joel R. Beeke

John Calvin focuses more on the practice of prayer than on its doctrine, which shows how practical his theology is.1 For Calvin, prayer is the essence of the Christian life; it is a precious gift, not an academic problem.2 He writes warmly and experientially3 about prayer in his sermons and commentaries—especially on the Psalms—and in one of his longest chapters of the Institutes (3.20).4

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By | February 16th, 2016|Herald, Prayer|

The Death of Prayer Meetings

pewsDr. Mark Jones

As a pastor, I’m concerned how many Christians have such energy for the things of the world—we will drive across town for our kids to get to piano lessons or take them to a sports practice—but we seem to have very little energy for the things of God. Each day we must deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Christ (Luke 9:23). Each day we must seek first the kingdom of God (Matt. 6:33).

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By | October 27th, 2015|Herald, Prayer|

Praying in the Name of Christ

Man PrayingThomas Boston

Praying in the name of Christ is not a bare faithless mentioning of His name in our prayers or finishing our prayers with it (Matt. 7:21). The saints use the words, “through Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Cor. 15:57), but often is that scabbard [sheath] produced while the sword of the Spirit is not in it. The words are said, but the faith is not exercised.


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By | July 11th, 2015|Christ, Christian Life, Herald, Prayer|

Prayer Life—A Vital Christian Office

052620151548W. J. Seaton

I would like to bring before you a few questions regarding our prayer life which is a most vital of all our Christian offices and offer some words of encouragement and exhortation.

One of the great gifts that our Saviour obtained for us by His death on the Cross was the gift of "Priesthood". Protestantism boasts of this fact, and rightly so. We need no human "mediator" such as Rome has, but have a direct access into the very presence of God through the "blood of God's Son". What an affront, then, it must be in the sight of God when His people fail to avail themselves in all fulness of such a privilege and mercy.

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By | May 26th, 2015|Herald, Prayer|