Two Major Obstacles to Prayer (Lovelace)

In chapter five of Dynamics of Spiritual Life Richard Lovelace spent some time discussing prayer. This section is a pretty helpful resource on Christian prayer. In these pages Lovelace mentioned two hindrances or obstacles to prayer. The first obstacle to prayer in the Christian life is the fact that we are still sinful. "The Puritan… Continue reading Two Major Obstacles to Prayer (Lovelace)

He Will Not Send You To Purgatory (Ryken)

Philip Ryken's When You Pray is a very helpful resource for studying the Lord's Prayer and for learning more about prayer and praying.  When I recently studied the fifth petition of the Lord's Prayer ("forgive us our debts..."), I found the following paragraphs helpful: "As soon as we start trying to figure out how to… Continue reading He Will Not Send You To Purgatory (Ryken)

“Abba” is not “Daddy”

It isn’t quite right to say that the Aramaic “abba” means “daddy.”  In other words, to call the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob “daddy” at the outset of our prayers is a bit too casual and irreverent.  Philip Ryken explains. “To call God ‘Abba, Father’ is to speak to him with reverence as well… Continue reading “Abba” is not “Daddy”

Short Prayers, Good Prayers

 Ever since I was a younger Christian I’ve heard many godly men exhort me to spend long periods in prayer.  Some recommended waking up early to pray (from 5-6 AM), others recommended taking a day off each month to pray.  I’ve also read many accounts of great Christians who have spent hours upon hours in… Continue reading Short Prayers, Good Prayers

Bonhoeffer’s Prison Prayers

   This is a sweet book.  It captures many of my interests at once.  First, I appreciate Dietrich Bonhoeffer's writings in general.  These letters and papers are especially edifying because I can see what is "behind" some of his other works, so to speak.  Second, I love reading about the tough issues: What does it… Continue reading Bonhoeffer’s Prison Prayers