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  • Amazon shared from Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller
    Prayer, however, gradually clears our vision. When the psalmist was spiraling down into deadly despair, he went in prayer to “the sanctuary of God; then I understood” (Ps 73:17).
  • Amazon shared from Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller
    Does that mean it would have been wrong to pray for such things? Not at all. As Paul knew, Jesus himself invites us to ask for our “daily bread” and that God would “deliver us from evil.” In 1 Timothy 2, Paul directs his readers to pray for peace, for good government, and for the needs of the world. In his own prayers, then, Paul is not giving us a universal model for prayer in the same way Jesus did. Rather, in them he reveals what he asked most frequently for his friends—what he believed was the most important thing God could give them.
  • Amazon shared from Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller
    It is remarkable that in all of his writings Paul’s prayers for his friends contain no appeals for changes in their circumstances.
    Note: Paul prays that he, and others, would know the Lord better. Let's face it, rarely are we content with our circumstances. It's hard to remain, to wait, to be where God places us, to do what God has for us to do. We always seem to believe there is something better, especially when we take our focus off of simply knowing the Lord better. Preaching to self here.
  • Amazon shared from Puritan Prayers & Devotions by Various Puritans
    May I never suppose I am in Christ unless I am a new creature, never think I am born of the Spirit, unless I mind the things of the Spirit, never rest satisfied with professions of belief and outward forms and services, while my heart is not right with thee.
  • Amazon shared from Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney
    No Spiritual Discipline is more important than the intake of God’s Word.