On Praying for Leaders, Rulers, and Authorities (Calvin)

In very clear terms Paul tells Timothy that God's people should be praying for all those in authority over us: "I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, even for kings and all who are in authority...." (1 Tim. 2:1-2a NET). Paul doesn't say we should pray for "some"… Continue reading On Praying for Leaders, Rulers, and Authorities (Calvin)

Conscience, Prayer, and Public Worship (Gurnall)

In his lengthy discussion of prayer based on Ephesians 6:18, William Gurnall connected it (prayer) to conscience and public worship. Habitually joining with other believers for Lord's Day worship is a duty of the Christian. So is prayer - public and private. Here's how Gurnall weaves these together. I've edited it for readability. Make conscience… Continue reading Conscience, Prayer, and Public Worship (Gurnall)

The Hiddenness of God’s Sovereignty (Davis)

At one point during David's reign he and his administration actually had to flee Jerusalem (2 Sam. 15-18). Absalom, David's son, had built up an army and was bent on taking the throne for himself. So David thought it best to leave the city. But David did appoint a spy to gather information from Absalom's… Continue reading The Hiddenness of God’s Sovereignty (Davis)

God Does Not Always Give What We Ask (Peterson)

Eugene Peteterson's commentary on 1st and 2nd Samuel is not an exegetical commentary. It's not a longer and detailed commentary. And it's not a technical scholarly commentary. But I like it! Peterson often has a good way with Bible stories in that he sees angles and aspects that others might miss. I don't always agree… Continue reading God Does Not Always Give What We Ask (Peterson)

A Prayer of the Weak and Sinful (Luther)

Here's a prayer of Martin Luther that captured my attention today. Perhaps it will also be a blessing to you: "Lord, you know that the devil has fought me in many ways. He would have destroyed my body through tyrants, kings, and rulers, and would have destroyed my soul with his weapons and terrible temptations.… Continue reading A Prayer of the Weak and Sinful (Luther)