Field Notes – 23/9/S
“Unless I’m badly mistaken, one of the main reasons so many of God’s children don’t have a significant life of prayer is not so much that we don’t want to, but that we don’t plan to.” (John Piper)
“Give time and effort to your prayer life, not only in praying, but also in preparing yourself to pray.
A healthy prayer life consists not only of prayer, but also of preparation. I have long since found that the absolute best motivator in prayer is knowing what I am going to pray for. Vague ideas of prayer promote vague prayers. Disorganized methods of prayer promote disorganized prayers. Methods for prayer promote meaningful prayers.
Why don’t you take some time today to organize your prayer life?”
“In the Bible, God’s living Word, we can hear God speaking to us and we respond in prayer, though we should not call this simply a “response.”
Through the Word and Spirit, prayer becomes answering God – a full conversation…
All prayer is responding to God…
Prayer becomes the continuation of a conversation God has started.
We should listen, study, think, reflect, and ponder the Scriptures until there is an answering response in our hearts and minds.”
“Praying the Word means reading (or reciting) Scripture in a spirit of prayer and letting the meaning of the verses become our prayer and inspire our thoughts.” (John Piper)
“For me it is absolutely essential that my prayers be guided by, saturated by, and sustained and controlled by the word of God.” (John Piper)
“Daily prayer in private should be more interwoven with the corporate prayer of the church.
It is right and necessary that we learn to pray not merely from reading the Psalms and the rest of the Bible but by hearing and reading the prayers of the church.”