Importunity in Prayer

“…yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.”  Luke 11:8

Importunity means a persistent plea.

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The daily offerings (Exodus 29:38) of two lambs and of incense burnt (Exodus 30:7) are Old Testament types pointing clearly to the need of every believer devoting themselves to God daily by taking time with him in the word and prayer (Bible time, quiet time etc). It was said of Moses, “And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend ” (Exodus 3:11). That is our privilege even more-so (Heb.4:16). David was accustomed to more (Psalm 55:17). No reason we shouldn’t pray continually but we do need to set aside time to pray and read Scripture or listen to it being preached. A complete Bible reading plan helps.





“Keep, sanctify, unite, glorify thy people”- Christ.

The Lord’s Prayer is the most well known but his high priestly prayer in John 17 is all-encompassing.


Don’t Worry

This is why his name above all names is Jesus Saviour.

Young Calvinists

“Are we there yet?” “Where are we?” “I want that now!” “What if?…..” “Don’t forget!….” We’ve all heard and asked these questions before, and usually get answers like, “Trust me.” “We get there when we get there.” “Stop worrying.” or simply, “no.” Why do we ask these questions? Because we want to know? Because we’re curious? Because we don’t trust? Because we worry? What is worry? What is trust?

Often times I find myself in a stage of life where I’m not sure who to turn to. Worry clouds my thought and judgment. I can’t think straight. I am driven by a single thought. “What if?” I find no comfort in friends, no comfort in family. My home feels like a prison and my life, hell. Worry is all around me like the storm on the Sea of Galilee, and I am Peter, sinking slowly.

Why didn’t Jesus save Peter…

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Psalm prayers

These would be my personal prayers mid 2017:

Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil. Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.” Psalm 90:15-17

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.”  Psalm 92:12-15


What prayer is

What Prayer Is

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Prayer is to the Christian what breathing is to a healthy person. Without prayer a Christian dies.  Breathing is spontaneous; in many ways so is prayer. 
Prayer is like a river that returns to its source, for prayer has its power in the Spirit of Christ working life in the heart of God’s child; that life returns again in prayer to God who gave it. It is the expression of the thirst for God that makes a stag panting after the water brooks an apt simile (Ps. 42:1).
Prayer is lovers’ talk, for it is a holy conversation between the living and eternal God and the redeemed child of God in which both speak to each other in the most intimate relationship of love. 
Prayer is a child coming to his Father, knowing that his Father loves him and will provide for him in every need. We must begin our prayers, the Lord says, with “Our Father who art in heaven.”
In prayer the believer enters consciously into God’s presence. There is an earthly element in prayer, for in heaven we will not pray any longer, at least not in the sense in which we usually speak of it. We shall see Christ face-to-face (1 Cor. 13:12) and be consciously in Christ’s presence every moment. But here on earth we are preoccupied with many things, and God is often far from our thoughts. Prayer is the pause in our often busy and hectic lives that brings us face-to-face with God through Jesus Christ. Prayer is also heavenly, for it takes us out of this world and carries us soaring on the wings of prayer into God’s own dwelling place.
Usually we think of prayer as those moments when we fold our hands and close our eyes and it is usually necessary for us to do this, because we are easily distracted and our minds are easily turned away from being in God’s presence. But folding our hands and closing our eyes are not essential to prayer, nor do these actions guarantee prayer. A mother, while all but overwhelmed with the cares and duties of tending to the needs of her family, may offer a silent prayer to God as she has her hands immersed in dishwater. A child, taunted by cruel classmates, may seek grace from God to (not)retaliate against his tormentors. A father, forced to listen to foul language in the shop, may, while operating his press, seek strength to witness properly to those who take the name of his God in vain.
To remember that prayer is consciously to be in the presence of God in order to carry on a holy conversation with Him will help us to understand how Scripture can admonish us to pray continuously. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Paul literally says, “Pray without ceasing.” There are no qualifications, no limitations, no explanations that would ease the force of the command, but only this: “Pray without ceasing.” The same admonition is repeated in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (6:18). In Colossians 4:2 the members of the church at Colosse are urged to “continue in prayer,” and to the church at Rome Paul writes that they should continue “instant in prayer” (12:12). This is the high calling to which we are called, the goal of sanctification in our lives. To walk every moment in the consciousness of being in the presence of God is that for which we strive here in the world, but which shall be ours only in glory.
Herman Hanko 
When You Pray, pp. 1-2 

Weary in well doing

Sermon read last Sunday (23/4/2017) at CERC Singapore. Originally preached by Rev. Carl Haak….a MUST if you are getting weary in prayer or any of the disciplines of the Christian life.

Sermon on Galatians 6:9


Abraham’s servant’s prayer.



I find this prayer and it’s answer one of the most remarkable in the Bible, for two reasons: first it’s specificity, Eliezer asks for something quite detailed and specific and second he says it in his heart (v45). This shows that our prayers don’t have to be actually spoken out loud and they can be about the most small, specific or detailed subject in our lives. What a gracious privilege to be God’s covenant friend.

Genesis 25:12-67



Paul’s prayers for the Ephesians


Rev. Ron VanOverloop (Grace Church, Michigan)

“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith”

Sung Psalm 1

Readings Ephesians 1:16-19 and 3:14-20 (see also his prayers in Philippians and Colossians)

Generally we pray for folk who are ill or going through trials of some kind and this is right, but Paul after listing all the blessings these saints have, and thanking God for them, focusses his prayer on spiritual blessings namely the knowledge of God, his power and love, the hope of his calling and his inheritance. To know him is to love him and I believe he prays that the mutual indwelling of the covenant Christ in his people is more and more their experience (Gal.2:20, II Cor. 6:16, Col.1:27, John 14:20).

We discussed how a person knows they are predestined/elect and the Canons of Dort are wonderfully clear mentioning “infallible proofs”: (Head 1 Article 12). Notice that our election, our indwelling sinfulness (Head 5 Article 2) and our perseverance (Head 5 Article 12) are all reasons for humility and when we are humble Christ dwells in us!

The tabernacle (also temple)-Old Testament picture of God dwelling with his people. We are now the temple of God!