Kuyper and Kingdoms

(This is a re-post from May, 2011) In his excellent book that deals with the person and work of the Holy Spirit, Abraham Kuyper talks about prayer and the Holy Spirit's role in it (chapter 3.XLIII).  The section is quite good.  One thing that stuck out to me was how Kuyper explained intercessory prayer with regard to the phrase, …

A Prayer for Christian Unity (Calvin)

Here's an excellent prayer by John Calvin for genuine Christian unity. As we look forward to corporate worship on the Lord's Day tomorrow, may this be our prayer: Grant, Almighty God, that as we are so scattered in our pilgrimage in this world, that even a dreadful spectacle is presented to our eyes, when we …

Show Me The Way, Lord (Ross)

Allen Ross' three-volume commentary on the Psalms is a helpful resource for studying the Psalter. I've been using this set for the past few years and I generally appreciate Ross' balance between exegesis, interpretation, and application. The set is available on Logos and at other good bookstores. This afternoon my studies were on Psalm 143. …

A Prayer for Joy (Anselm)

As many of our readers know, the first Q/A of the Shorter Catechism says that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. Speaking of this theme of joy, here's wonderful prayer from the great medieval theologian, Anselm of Canterbury (d. 1109): I pray, O God, to know you, to …

A Prayer for Help to Flee from Sin (Luther)

Most certainly and primarily the Christian learns to pray from the teaching of Scripture. We have examples of prayers in both Testaments. Most of the Psalms are prayers. Jesus taught us a pattern of prayer. Scripture is our primary resource for improving our prayer lives. However, we can also learn how to pray from other …

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