A STUDY OF GENESIS 24:12-14 An Exegetical Paper ABSTRACT OF THE BIBLICAL TEXT Main Idea. Abraham’s servant, having been sent to acquire a wife for Isaac that the covenant blessings may be passed down another generation, prayed to the God of his master in faith. He trusted in the will, kindness, and ability of … Continue reading "Faithfulness, Election, Prayer, and Faith: An Exegetical Paper for Genesis 24:12-14"
In the wake of recent Trinitarian controversies on the Christian blogosphere, I’ve been given to some very interesting study on the topic of the Trinity. (If such controversy interests you, Alastair Roberts has been working on a round-up of the debate at Reformation 21.) I’m not going to bore you with much of it, even … Continue reading "Life Is about the Trinity"
Is the Lord’s Prayer really an eschatological prayer, a wish for God to usher in the Kingdom and finish all things? Some people have suggested so, and it actually seems likely enough. So here is a possible way to read the Lord’s Prayer as a prayer for Christ to return: Our Father in heaven – The … Continue reading "Is the Lord's Prayer for Jesus to Return?"
I’ve been in the habit for some time now of praying the Lord’s prayer first in my devotions. I know that not all people do this; many people think of it more as a general model not necessarily meant to be prayed exactly as is. Yet historically praying the Lord’s prayer has been a common and … Continue reading "Thoughts on the Lord's Prayer"
I ran across a great new morning prayer today, and though I’d share it for the benefit of all. It opens with the Lord’s Prayer, and then goes on thus: Almighty and everlasting God, in whom I live and move and have my being; I, Your needy creature, render You my humble praises, for Your … Continue reading "Another Morning Prayer"
I just got through the Spiritual Formation 101 course at the Baptist College of Florida. It was a good and useful course, which has, in combination with a few other factors, actually done wonders for my devotional life and prayer life. I was, however, disappointed that in all of our discussions on prayer, meditation, and Scripture reading the … Continue reading "You Should Really All Know About Lectio Divina"
I was doing some research the other day on monasticism and ran across the Prayer Foundation. They have an order of lay monks, the Knights of Prayer, except these monks are evangelical Protestants who use terms like “born again” and “Sinner’s Prayer” without blushing. So that’s cool. But anyway, I only bring them up to point … Continue reading "A Lovely Morning Prayer"
Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18 As I mentioned a few posts ago, I’m in college again (yay!), specifically the Baptist College of Florida. One of the classes I’m taking here is Spiritual Formation … Continue reading "Learning a Reflex of Prayer"
The early church has a few awesome things to offer us. Like this prayer from St. Basil the Great: Almighty Lord, God of the Powers and of all flesh, Who lives in the highest and carest for the humble, Who searches our hearts and affections, and clearly foreknows the secrets of men; eternal and everliving … Continue reading "Prayer Help from Old"
“Glory, hallelujah! Praise Jesus!” This kind of talk is naturally a common part of church life, especially in the more energetic places. And that is good. When we are loved by so great a God and called into His service, for us to offer what Scripture calls a “sacrifice of praise” to Him is only … Continue reading "Glorifying God the E-Z Way"