In Reformed Churches, teaching on prayer is often guided by confessional expositions of the Lord’s Prayer. Luke’s gospel tells us that Jesus teaching on the Lord’s Prayer was a triggered by the disciples’ request, “Lord, teach us to pray.” They asked not merely for a formula, but for a lifestyle. John Calvin commented in regard to the prayer life exhibited in the Psalms.
I have been accustomed to call this book, I think not inappropriately, “An Anatomy of all the Parts of the Soul;” for there is not an emotion of which any one can be conscious that is not here represented as in a mirror. Or rather, the Holy Spirit has here drawn to the life all the griefs, sorrows, fears, doubts, hopes, cares, perplexities, in short, all the distracting emotions with which the minds of men are wont to be agitated.
Paul, commenting on the prayer life of Epaphras, pastor of the church at Colossae, noted that Epaphras was characterized by “wrestling in prayer on behalf of [his congregation].”
Prayer is no mere organ recital or a letter to the Santa. Prayer unfolds and lays bare the anatomy of our soul before our Heavenly Father, Creator and Lord. It is more akin to wrestling than a polite beginning to a meal or ending of a meeting. What does prayer look like in your life?
Join us this Lord’s Day, July 23, as we examine Genesis 18:16-33 and consider some valuable lessons regarding prayer from the life of Abraham as he wrestles with God in prayer over the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah. We meet from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in The Commons at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock. Click here for directions.
Come with a friend you and join us for fellowship and conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.