Wrestling Prayer (Part 4)

Where is the pulse of intercession today? I can’t find it in the church!

“Prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need … but also because … we feel [others’] need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.” ~John Calvin

Morning Light

Prayer
“Until you learn that life is war, you don’t know what prayer is for.” ~John Piper

“Wrestling prayer can wonders do,
Bring relief in deepest straits;
Prayer can force a passage through
Iron bars and brazen gates.”
~John Newton

We started this series talking about Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7) and the fact that he prayed about it only three times. Most of us would not have quit praying that soon. But God had answered Paul, saying, “My grace is sufficient for you; My strength is made perfect in weakness” (12:9). So we assume that Paul, the one who told us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), took God’s reply for an answer and gave up.

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