Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

28 June 2011

Tim Keller on prayer

Back in January I listened to this sermon on prayer given by Tim Keller.  Here's a bit that I found helpful.

If as we lay our requests to God we find ourselves sinking deeper into despondency, anger or self pity; if when you pray for things you don't find the burden lifting off you, then we must a) be sure the things we are asking for aren't idols or else our petition will only make us more discouraged... b) be sure the things we are asking for aren't enhancing our anger and sense of superiority over others or else our petition will only make us more bitter and c) be sure that when we are aksing God for things, we also spend time thanking God for the things we already have and cannot lose in the Gospel.

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