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Private Prayer

Private Prayer

John Bunyan once said, “He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day.” Prayer should characterize the daily conduct of our lives. It ignites the soul with godly passions and holy trajectory. It is essential to the vitality of our walk with Christ. As Paul commanded the believers in Rome…

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. — Romans 12:12

Today’s Morning and Evening is an encouragement to continually engage in private prayer. Here is Alistair Begg’s modern phrasing of the Spurgeon classic.

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Fire shall be kept burning on the altar continually;
it shall not go out. — Leviticus 6:13

Keep the altar of private prayer burning. This is the very life of all piety. The sanctuary and family altars borrow their fires here; therefore let this burn well. Secret devotion is the very essence, evidence, and barometer of vital and experimental [experiential] religion.

Burn here the fat of your sacrifices. Let your closet seasons be, if possible, regular, frequent, and undisturbed. Effectual prayer avails much. Have you nothing to pray for? Let us suggest the church, the ministry, your own soul, your children, your relations, your neighbors, your country, and the cause of God and truth throughout the world.

Let us examine ourselves on this important matter. Do we engage with lukewarmness in private devotion? Is the fire of devotion burning dimly in our hearts? Do the chariot wheels drag heavily? If so, let us be alarmed at this sign of decay. Let us go with weeping, and ask for the Spirit of grace and of supplications. Let us set apart special seasons for extraordinary prayer. For if this fire should be smothered beneath the ashes of a worldly conformity, it will dim the fire on the family altar and lessen our influence both in the church and in the world.

The text will also apply to the altar of the heart. This is a golden altar indeed. God loves to see the hearts of His people glowing toward Himself. Let us give to God our hearts, all blazing with love, and seek His grace, that the fire may never be quenched, for it will not burn if the Lord does not keep it burning. Many foes will attempt to extinguish it; but if the unseen hand behind the wall pours on the sacred oil, it will blaze higher and higher. Let us use texts of Scripture as fuel for our heart’s fire; they are live coals. Let us attend to sermons, but above all, let us be much alone with Jesus.

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Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Devotional

 

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Morning Coffee – 05/29/14

Here are the stories I put in my coffee this morning.

  • God and Controversy
  • But that is not all Jude describes. He goes much further, showing not just how the false teachers speak and behave, but how, in response and as a defense, we are to contend for the faith.

  • Grace Is Not a Thing
  • The great American theologian Al Pacino once said, “I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.”

  • The Tone Deaf Singer
  • You can be utterly tone deaf and sing beautiful music in the ear of God when the gospel is dwelling richly within and when you are singing to exult in the Savior.

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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Links

 

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Happy Monday: Clementine

Man, you guys are mean!

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Video

 

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Happy Monday: Soap Opera Praise

Good, less good, and bad Christian music…

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2014 in Video

 

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Happy Monday: Me Worship

It may be a day late and a dollar short, but here is yesterday’s Happy Monday video.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Video

 

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Asleep In The Light

This Thanksgiving Eve, I’m thankful for the incomparable songs Keith Green left behind. What a tremendously talented and prolific songwriter! He was 28 when he died, but gave us a remarkable legacy of worship.

Here is a short snippet from a live performance (audio). Both songs are great. My favorite of his starts at 7:48.

The only music minister to whom the Lord will say,
‘Well done, thy good and faithful servant,’ is the one
whose life proves what their lyrics are saying…
and to whom music is the least important part of their life.
Glorifying the only Worthy One has to be a minister’s most important goal! — Keith Green

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2013 in Video

 

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