The following articles are related to the topic of PRAYER

May a Christian Address Christ in Praise or Prayer?

"Is it ever appropriate to pray to Jesus? Did he not teach us to pray, 'Our Father' (Matthew 6:9)? Did he not instruct his disciples that the time would come when nothing would be asked of him (John 16:23)? And is it appropriate to sing praises directly to Christ?" There appears to be a sincere but vocal minority within the ... read more »

One of Paul’s Final Prayers

Perhaps the most poignant of all Paul's letters was 2nd Timothy - written from his last Roman imprisonment, and obviously not long before his death (cf. 4:6).This document thus is the concluding literary composition of the noble apostle.The letter embodies words of instruction and admonition for his young friend, Timothy - his "true child in faith" (1 Tim. 1:2). The ... read more »

Paul’s Prayer for the Weak

Perhaps the most poignant of all of Paul's letters was the final one, 2 Timothy - written from his last Roman imprisonment, and not long before his death (cf. 4:6). This document contains the concluding written words of Paul. They are words of instruction and admonition for his young friend, Timothy - his "true child in faith" (1 Timothy 1:2). ... read more »

A Gracious Petition

Perhaps the most poignant of all Paul's letters was the final one, 2 Timothy - written from his last Roman imprisonment, and obviously not long before his death (cf. 4:6). This document contains the concluding written words of Paul. They are words of instruction and admonition for his young friend, his "true child in faith" (1 Tim. 1:2). The message ... read more »

Science and the Power of Prayer

In recent years much public attention has been directed to the so-called "scientific studies" of the validity of prayer. One of the more widely publicized reports involves "experiments" performed by Dr. Randolph Byrd. Supposedly, Byrd's ten-month study, involving 393 patients at San Francisco General Hospital, demonstrated the therapeutic effect of "intercessory prayer." Coronary patients were divided into two groups. One ... read more »

The Sinner’s Prayer — Is It Biblical?

"Ministers frequently tell lost people that they need to 'pray the sinner's prayer.' Exactly what is this 'sinner's prayer'? Is this prayer biblically based? If not, what is its origin?" The so-called "sinner's prayer" is a popular phenomenon in Protestant circles. It is employed at the conclusion of various denominational "revival" services in appeals to convince sincere people to "get ... read more »

Does the Case of Cornelius Prove the “Sinner’s Prayer” Doctrine?

Does not the case of Cornelius, the Roman soldier (Acts 10), prove that God hears the prayers of those who have not been baptized? The angel told Cornelius, 'your prayer has been heard' (Acts 10:31), and yet the centurion was not baptized until later. Can you explain the apparent conflict between this case and the idea that God does not ... read more »

A Prayer of the Afflicted: A Study of Psalm 102

"Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances" (Proverbs 25:11, NASB). In the circumstance of tragedy, a simple statement spoken in sincerity, "I know how you feel," are words that are like apples of gold in settings of silver. When you say, "I know how you feel," to a friend recently diagnosed with ... read more »

Psalm 3: A Morning Song

I love the early morning, and always have-since I was a boy. It is the freshest time of day. The bustling activities of life have not yet begun their distractions. Dawn's early light is an ideal time for meditation; indeed, for thanksgiving to the Creator. Regardless of the mistakes of yesterday, Heaven's compassions are renewed each morning and the soul ... read more »

Anointing with Oil – James 5:14

In the book of James, the inspired writer exhorts: "Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up" (Jas. 5:14, 15). ... read more »