Posts Tagged ‘Desiring God’

I just read this over at the Desiring God site and thought it’s a good solid article/interview on Prayer. It’s called “Does it matter which person of the Trinity we pray to?” I’ve heard this question several times and I think Piper gives a well balanced answer. Here’s the Linkage!!! (it’s in written, and/or video form.)

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

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Yesterday I was checking out what was new on the Desiring God blog and found an article entitled “What Should we Pray For” which compiles a list of all the N. T. prayers. I was reading the list this morning and praying at the same time when I came across one of Paul’s requests in 2 Thessalonians 3:1 which reads:

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may speed on and triumph, as it did among you…”

This is my prayer for our ministry here in Romania, that the Word of God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, would triumph in our hearts and minds. That we’d be humbled by His grace and thus love Him, and one another.

I recommend that you print out a copy of Piper’s list of what to pray for, or at least read it over to see if we are praying for the same things as revealed in Scripture.

I was reading this morning on the Desiring God Blog, an article entitled, “Bad Times are Good for Missions” and I absolutely love how Piper sees God’s sovereignty in the midst of hard times. Obviously right now America as well as the rest of the world is going through economic uncertainty, but our God is sovereignly ruling and causing all the things to work for our good; for our sanctification. Despite having less money, Piper says that God’s peoples hearts will be enlarged to give more as they savour Him above all things. I particulary liked this portion of his post.

“During an economic downturn people… may be wakened to the brevity of life and the fragility of material things, and so may become more generous not less. And when they give under these circumstances, it will make Christ look all the more like the all-satisfying Treasure that he is.”

May God be merciful to us and open our eyes to see His beauty; to see that He remains the same, unchanging in His Faithfullness and love. May he be our all-satisfying treasure, and give us giving hearts in the midst of uncertainty. Amen.

J. C. Hahne

This morning I was reading on the Desiring God site John Piper’s newest “Taste and See” article “In Honor of Tethered Preaching”, where he discusses the difference between Bible centered preaching and Entertainment centered preaching… The highlights of the article for me were Calvin’s attitude toward preaching and Piper’s closing prayer. Calvin is quoted in a letter of his to Cardinal Jacopo Sadoleto as saying:

“O Lord, you have enlightened me with the brightness of your Spirit. You have put your Word as a lamp to my feet. The clouds which before now veiled your glory have been dispelled by it, and the blessings of your Anointed have shone clearly upon my eyes. What I have learnt from your mouth (that is to say, from your Word) I will distribute faithfully to your church.”

What a wonderful God glorifying attitude. By His grace His Word became a lamp unto his feet, and Calvin’s life was dedicated to faithfully proclaiming the truths of Holy Scripture… Pastor John Piper closes his article with a prayer which I pray will be true for myself as well as all of God’s servants.

Lord, tether us to your mighty word. Cause me and all preachers to show the people that our word is powerless and insignificant in comparison with yours. Grant us to stand before our people as messengers sent with God’s message to God’s people in God’s name by God’s Spirit. Grant us to tremble at this responsibility. Protect us from trifling with this holy moment before your people.”

AMEN