Don Carson post: Joshua 2; Psalms 123-125; Isaiah 62; Matthew 10
Friday, June 26, 2015
Steven Dilla Park Forum: TBT: Prevailing Prayer in Times of National Trouble
Psalm 119.90Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
TBT: Prevailing Prayer in Times of National Trouble | by John Collins (c. 1632–1687)
Human strength and human wisdom may be able to do little; the power and policy of enemies may be too hard for the wisdom and strength of the godly: but when you can do least yourselves, you may engage God, by prayer, to do most. “He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength.”
Think, how many times have the prayers of the saints prevailed with God in the like cases. Moses’s prayers prevailed to deliver Israel, when the Egyptians so closely pursued them: “Why do you cry to me?” and at other times. Asa’s prayer prevailed against Zerah and his Ethiopian army, and Jehoshaphat’s against the Ammonites.
And if prayer has been so prevalent, why may it not be so still? It is an old, tried means, which has not failed: do not say that these were more eminent saints, and so could do more with God by prayer than you can. You have the same God to pray to that they had, and he delights as much in prayer now as then he did, and can do as much for us as he could for them.
You pray with the same kind of faith that they did. Your faith is grounded on the same promises; they are still the same. The Mediator, who is to present your petitions to God, is still the same. His interest in those that fear him, and his concern for them, is still the same as it was. Then why wouldn’t prayer prevail as much now as formerly?
If you do prevail, it will be both your honor and comfort, to have been instrumental in keeping off public judgments, and procuring public mercies. So far as your prayers have been of use for the obtaining such mercies, so far they are your mercies, and you will have comfort in them. Any mercy is sweet, when obtained by prayer; much more, such as are of advantage to others as well as yourselves.
If you should not prevail for public deliverance your prayers shall not be lost. They shall “return into your own bosom,” in deliverance for yourselves. It will be no small comfort to have done your duty and to suffer without the guilt of negligence.
If you that are godly do not prevail in prayer, none else are likely to do it.
Posted by Jim Grayson at 7:29 AM
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
John Piper: May Grace and Peace Be Multiplied to You
1. Grace and peace are experienced.
2. Grace and peace vary in measure in our lives.
3. There is always more grace and peace to be enjoyed.
4. Grace and peace are multiplied by God.
5. Grace and peace are multiplied by God through human means.
6. One means of multiplied grace and peace is prayer.
7. Another means of multiplied grace and peace is the epistle these words introduce.
Posted by Jim Grayson at 6:59 AM