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|

The Puritans on the Help of the Holy Spirit in Prayer (2)

Man PrayingJohnny C. Serafini

The Spirit’s Help in the Matter or Content of Our Prayers

“We know not what we should pray for” (Rom. 8:26). This ignorance extends to the words we should use, the petitions we should present, the petitions we should refrain from presenting—indeed, the thoughts we should think. Thus we need help, and divine help at that. The traditions of men and the wisdom of this world will never inform us sufficiently. We need the Spirit to give us the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:14 –16). Traill wrote, “The voice of the Spirit is the best thing in our prayer; it is that God hears and regards.”13

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By | May 18th, 2015|Herald, Prayer, Puritans|

The Puritans on the Help of the Holy Spirit in Prayer (1)

Johnny C. Serafini

“Prayer, in the whole compass and extent of it, as comprising meditation, supplication, praise, and thanksgiving, is one of the most signal duties of religion.... It is not only an important duty in religion, but...without it there neither is nor can be the exercise of any religion in the world.”1 So wrote John Owen (1616 –1683), who, like his Puritan brethren, saw that prayer is essential to the Christian life. Prayer must also be true, that is, acceptable to God and according to His will; for this, the believer needs the help of the Spirit. The Puritans were keen on showing that Spirit-less prayer is as good as “a little cold prattle and spiritless talk,” as Thomas Manton (1620 –1677) wrote.2

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By | May 18th, 2015|Herald, Prayer, Puritans|