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Randy Alcorn's Blog: Prayer

Seven Perspectives on Prayer

Pray without ceasing | Perspectives on prayerWe pray now in faith, believing our prayers are making an eternal difference; we anticipate Heaven, where we’ll learn God’s breath-taking answers to our prayers, including many that seemed unheard and ignored.

Resting in God’s Sovereignty over Human Events, Including Election Day

WorshipWhere should our focus be in the final hours leading up to the election? Certainly we should be trusting God and seeking his sovereign will for tomorrow’s outcome.

 

A Prayer from the First Continental Congress

PrayerIn light of the 112th Congress opening today, here is the prayer that opened the First Continental Congress on September 7, 1774.  May we be encouraged to pray that our leaders will have the same dependence upon God as these men did during very difficult times.

Everyone We See Has a Story

Click-fila-ACheck out this video produced by a company I really respect, Chick-fil-A. I think it’s very moving. It reminds me of the divine appointments God gives us daily. It also encourages me to pray, even if briefly, for many people I see in passing and do not know.

There Are No Prayers Like the Puritan Prayers

Puritan Life

There are no prayers like the Puritan prayers, as you know if you’ve read The Valley of Vision. This is something we’ve bought copies of for friends and pastors. This morning Nanci read one to me that she especially appreciated. I wanted to share it with you. Hope it touches you as it did us.

Prayer: Six More Quotations, One More Story

prayingSome of you liked the story and six quotations about prayer from my earlier blog. So here’s six more, followed by a story.

Prayer: One Story, Six Quotations

Dr. Helen RoseveareA couple of years ago I had the privilege of speaking at the Desiring God National Conference with John Piper, Jerry Bridges, and John MacArthur. But perhaps the greatest privilege was being with the other speaker, Dr. Helen Roseveare, missionary to the Congo. (Dr. Roseveare's biography is in Noel Piper's book Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary Godwhich you can read online.) I recently ran across this story from Helen.

 

What to Pray for, beyond Physical Healing

prayerMy friend Barry Arnold pastors Cornerstone Church here in Gresham, Oregon. Last year he sent an email to his church regarding prayer. It’s worth quoting:

I think our prayers are unbalanced—in the direction of just physical needs. We can and should pray for people with infirmities—but it might be wise to change the emphasis of our prayers from physical healing alone to God accomplishing His purposes in and through afflictions.

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