Category Archives: Prayer

Epaphras: An Example for Prayer

By | February 13, 2019

In closing his letter to the Colossians, Paul gave some greetings, including one from Epaphras: “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God” (Col 4:12 ESV). As simple… Read More »

Prayer and the Local Church

By | March 5, 2015

This little blurb hardly scratches the surface of a theology of prayer. Nonetheless, let it be a little reminder to heed the call to prayer in your personal life and the life of your church. The Book of Acts records several instances that show the early church as an example for us to be just… Read More »

What is prayer? Prayer ends with Amen.

By | June 27, 2014

Call upon God, adore, confess, Petition, plead, and then declare You are the Lord’s; give thanks and bless, And let the Amen confirm the prayer. ~Isaac Watts The ninth and final item of prayer in this poem by Watts is the Amen, that which confirms the prayer. Watts describes Amen as “a Hebrew word that… Read More »

What is prayer? Prayer is declaration.

By | June 20, 2014

Call upon God, adore, confess, Petition, plead, and then declare You are the Lord’s; give thanks and bless, And let the Amen confirm the prayer. ~Isaac Watts The eighth item of prayer in this poem by Watts is blessing, that is, we should bless God in prayer. Watts is precise to define blessing as something… Read More »

What is prayer? Prayer is giving thanks.

By | June 13, 2014

Call upon God, adore, confess, Petition, plead, and then declare You are the Lord’s; give thanks and bless, And let the Amen confirm the prayer. ~Isaac Watts The seventh item of prayer in this poem by Watts is thanksgiving: “give thanks.” Numerous passages in the Bible command us to give thanks to God, and 1… Read More »

What is prayer? Prayer is declaration.

By | June 4, 2014

Call upon God, adore, confess, Petition, plead, and then declare You are the Lord’s; give thanks and bless, And let the Amen confirm the prayer. ~Isaac Watts The sixth item of prayer in this poem by Watts is what he would call profession or self-dedication, or, to use the word from the poem, declaration: “declare… Read More »

What is prayer? Prayer is pleading.

By | March 14, 2014

Call upon God, adore, confess, Petition, plead, and then declare You are the Lord’s; give thanks and bless, And let the Amen confirm the prayer. ~Isaac Watts The fifth item of prayer in this poem by Watts is “plead.” Watts explains pleading as “arguing our case with Him in a fervent yet humble manner.” We… Read More »