Note: Tips for Prayer is adapted from Richard Baxter’s Practical Religion, chapter 23. Richard Baxter was a prolific writer and a prominent pastor in the 1600s. The Practical Works of Richard Baxter is a treasure trove of almost 1,000 pages, covering many useful topics relating to Christian living.
1) Always come to God in the humility befitting a condemned sinner, but also in the faith and boldness befitting a son or daughter and a member of Christ’s body. Do nothing out of confidence in your own worthiness, but be as confident in every lawful request as if you saw your glorified Mediator interceding for you with His Father. Christ and His promises must be the foundation of all your confidence and hope.
2) When you are about to pray, stir up in your soul the most lively and serious belief in those unseen things which your prayers have respect to, and pray as if you saw them all–as if you saw God in His glory, and heaven and hell, the glorified and the damned, and Jesus Christ your Mediator interceding for you in the heavens.
Think about how you would pray if you saw these things with your eyes, and then strive to pray as if you had. Ask yourself, “Are they not as sure as if I saw them? Are they not made known by the Son and Spirit of God?”
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6/29/13: 2 Kings 14-15, 2 Chronicles 25 -27.
6/30/13: Jonah 1 – 4.
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