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Adoration is not merely a brief preface or introduction to prayer, it is the very heart of it… When the soul is moved to adoration it is usually because the mind has been contemplating the excellence of God… However, as we contemplate and adore the riches of God, we cannot help but be aware of the stark contrast between the fullness of His excellency and the corresponding lack of it in ourselves. Such awareness leads us from adoration to confession… Adoration of God, like the Law of God, acts as a mirror to show us the blemishes of our character and drive us to the posture of contrition.”

– R. C. Sproul, The Souls Quest for God, pg 193-194

I enjoyed the sentence that stated, “Adoration of God, like the Law of God, acts as a mirror to show our blemishes…” It made me stop and think for a moment. It is the  Law of God that reveals the perfect narure of God himself. So if the law reveals our utter depravity, so too when we bow before Him in adoration, His glory reveals our sin and lackings. As we preach the truth of who God is to ourselves we will be humbled in adoration and driven to confession.

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.

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.

Mark Dever on the Gospel

Mark Dever on the Gift of Evangelism

Mark Dever on the Motive of Doing Evangelism

Well, I guess it’s been quite a while since I last posted… If you didn’t know we are on furlough in California for 2 months and thus it’s a little harder to keep up with blogging… But enough excuses…

In Ephesians 3:14 -21 Paul prays for the Ephesian church that Christ would dwell in their hearts and that they would be filled with the width, length, depth and height of His love. In other words, that they would be soaked with Jesus in their way of thinking. Paul then continues and gives thanks to God that He is able to above and beyond all that we could ever think or ask, and so we are filled with hope that He will sanctify His people.

In chapter 4 we find these words directly after his prayer…

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

-Ephesians 4:1-3

If God is so good, so gracious, and able to do exceedingly more than we can imagine, then we ought to be humbled by His great love. We ought to walk worthy of His calling. His calling is to be set apart in holiness; to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves. We are to do this just as Jesus did it; with all lowliness, gentleness, and longsuffering. O, may Christ dwell in our hearts, for this is the only way in which we can have humble loving hearts. We must look at Christ in the Scriptures and commit our hearts and minds to prayer; that the Holy Spirit would enlighten us. We must treasure the Lord’s Day as we hear Christ preached to us, and remember all that Jesus did for us as we take part in the Lord’s Supper. We must be Christ-filled Christians. I guess that seems like an akward statement, but there are many that try to live a Christ-less Christianity.

“…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”

Ephesians 3:17-19

J. C. Hahne

Today I finished the last sermon in Dr. Lloyd Jones book “Revival” and I wanted to share a little bit of what encouraged me. His last sermon was taken form the text Isaiah 64:1 “Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence.” Isaiah cries out to God with all that is within him for God to act mercifully. Despite their sin, their idolatry, their abandonment of the covenant, Isaiah cries out to God to do something, that God’s name would not be shamed in the world, and that His presence would be enjoyed by His people.

Isaiah’s cry is based on nothing other than the glory of God’s name. He knew well that they deserved what they were receiving (captivity, destruction, fiery trials). But Isaiah recalls of how God previously worked at similar times of disobedience. O the height, depth, width, length of His love. His mercies are unending. Yes His anger is aroused, but joy and goodness are new in the morning.

The state of the church here in Romania is a very desperate one. The church is falling and the name of the Lord is being mocked. They shout “Peace!!! Peace!!!” when there is no peace. But God!!! God is exceedingly able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think! For His names sake He can awaken the sleeping. He can breathe life into the dead! Our hope is great that He will work. O, God! Tear open the heavens and rain down your Spirit! Convict us of our sin and drive us to Christ our Rock!

I have been encouraged to press on… to pray… to hope!!! Our God is great, worthy of praise!!! I leave you with a quote from John Newton.

“Thou art coming to a king;

Large petitions with thee bring;

For His grace and power are such

None can ever ask so much.”

J. C. Hahne