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The Barber Who Wanted to Pray

Reading and discussion from The Barber Who Wanted to Pray by R.C.Sproul.

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Supplication and Repentance

Asking God for our daily bread is a reminder that He not only provides all but, in our rebellion, we do not deserve any blessing from His hand.  Asking God forgiveness reminds us that we have forgiveness of our sins only in Christ.  Asking God to lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil reminds us that we …

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Thankfulness

Rom 1:18-21 teaches that pride and arrogance is our fundamental sin.  Thankfulness in prayer is a posture that recognizes our vertical reconciliation with God and that He is to be thanked in all circumstances.

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Prayer Work

God promises things to us that we are to trust even as He hides the details from us how He is going to bring them to pass.  We trust God in His Promises because He is trustworthy.  We, nevertheless, are called upon to pray for many things He promises.  God calls us to pray for these things and has even …

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Entering Your Father’s Story

How Providence and Prayer interact.  God is present and cares about human suffering.  God uses prayer in redemptive history.

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Ask Your Father Anything

The Creator-creature relationship solves the dilemma of the One and the Many that philosophy is unable to resolve.  Our God is transcendent because He is Creator but our God is immanent because He reveals Himself in human history and most fully in His Son.  God exists above the highest heaven and He also inhabits the prayers of His people.  In …

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Helplessness: The Key to Effective Praying

Christ taught in the Sermon on the mount:  Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs in the Kingdom of God.  This is not a status we “outgrow” as we mature but something we become more aware of as we grow in grace.  Christ is our justification and our life for our Christian walk and this reminds us that we …

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Begin Early With Your Father

We ought to be arising in the morning with our thoughts fixed upon God.  This lesson gives practical ideas about how to discipline our lives to seek the Lord early before other things in life distract and overcome us.

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Becoming a Child of the Heavenly Father

God does not expect perfection in our prayers.  From Prayer Life, this lesson covers how we are to approach God in prayer as a little child.

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Why is Prayer So Hard?

From Paul Miller’s series on The Prayer Life, this first discussion centers on the challenges each of us faces as we try to pray in this busy world. Not only do we tend to devalue spiritual matters in this culture but the flesh itself wars against spiritual things. We are, nevertheless, sons and daughters of our heavenly father and have …

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