Category Archives: Prayer

A Prayer by the great saint Thomas Merton That Anyone Can Pray

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

What is Christian meditation?


Christian meditation is to be solely on the Word of God and what it reveals about Him. David found this to be so, and he describes the man who is “blessed” as one whose “delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2). True Christian meditation is an active thought process whereby we give ourselves to the study of the Word, praying over it and asking God to give us understanding by the Spirit, who has promised to lead us “into all truth” (John 16:13). Then we put this truth into practice, committing ourselves to the Scriptures as the rule for life and practice as we go about our daily activities. This causes spiritual growth and maturing in the things of God as we are taught by His Holy Spirit.

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What is the Prayer of Faith? | Sinclair Ferguson


Years ago, the editor of a publishing company asked me to write a book on prayer. The theme is a vitally important one. The publishing house was well known. To be honest, I felt flattered. But in a moment of heaven-sent honesty, I told him that the author of such a book would need to be an older and more seasoned author (not to mention, alas, more prayerful) than I was. I mentioned one name and then another. My reaction seemed to encourage him to a moment of honesty, as well. He smiled. He had already asked the well-seasoned Christian leaders whose names I had just mentioned! They, too, had declined in similar terms. Wise men, I thought. Who can write or speak at any length easily on the mystery of prayer?

Yet in the past century and a half, much has been written and said particularly about “the prayer of faith.” The focus has been on mountain-moving prayer by which we simply “claim” things from God with confidence that we will receive them because we believe that He will give them.

But what exactly is the prayer of faith?

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Brief Sermon For Busy People-“ More than Prayer” | Pat Loftin

pat loftinA couple of preachers were fishing when they observed two ladies in a nearby boat, one of which accidentally fell into the water and began to cry for help. One of the preachers bravely dove in and pulled the drowning woman to safety! When he got back into the boat his preacher companion, with folded arms and pious voice, said, “That woman had better be glad she had someone in this boat praying for her.” To which his friend responded, ”Yes, and she’d better thank the good Lord that she had someone to swim out there and save her!”

Nothing should ever be said to “minimize” the importance of prayer! But, oh, how thankful we are for folks who will witness and win the lost! Bible study is wonderful and so is worship but how great to see people going into the water, lifting up the wounded and encouraging the downtrodden. How many of you “ol’ timers” remember this old hymn, which is seldom sung now, “Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen, tell them of Jesus the mighty to save”?

Pat Loftin has served as a Baptist minister for some 62 years and resides in Epps, LA where he has been the husband of Kathy for 59 years, the father of 3, grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 3 more. His hobbies include fishing but his passion is for preaching, teaching and writing. To contact Bro. Pat Loftin, you may email him through our contact page here

Brief Sermon For Busy People-“ Be Careful—God Still Answers Prayer” | Pat Loftin

pat loftinAn old preacher (with a beautiful sense of humor) was guest speaker to a group of young ministers. He said, “When I was a young preacher I saw a lot of old preachers who were negative, bitter, and sour. I prayed that God would not let me be like them! I asked God to make me sweet. Fellows, God has answered my prayer— now I have sugar diabetes!”

Be careful when you pray for patience! God might send you trials, troubles, and tribulations! As the aged Christian woman said to her old friend, “If the Good Lord wants me to tribulate, I will tribulate!” The Bible states in Romans 5:3 that “troubles can develop patience in us” (The Message). So, we conclude that sensible, sound, and safe praying would be to pray daily that clause in the Lord’s Prayer: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” We’ll never go wrong when we pray and live the will of God!

Pat Loftin has served as a Baptist minister for some 62 years and resides in Epps, LA where he has been the husband of Kathy for 59 years, the father of 3, grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 3 more. His hobbies include fishing but his passion is for preaching, teaching and writing. To contact Bro. Pat Loftin, you may email him through our contact page here

Does God answer the prayers of unbelievers? | Grace to You

from Grace to You

God is sovereign and can choose to answer any prayer He sees fit. But Scripture clearly indicates that God does not listen to or answer every prayer. In fact, Scripture gives at least fifteen reasons for unanswered prayer. God does not answer the prayer of those:

1) Who have personal and selfish motives.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures (James 4:3).

2) Who regard iniquity in their hearts.

If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear (Psalm 66:18).

3) Who remain in sin.

But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear (Isaiah 59:2). Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him (John 9:31). Continue reading

The fire that never goes out

"The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out."
–Leviticus 6:13

Keep the altar of private prayer burning. This is the very life of all piety. The sanctuary and family altars borrow their fires here, there- fore let this burn well. Secret devotion is the very essence, evidence, and barometer, of vital and experimental religion.

Burn here the fat of your sacrifices. Let your closet seasons be, if possible, regular, frequent, and undisturbed. Effectual prayer availeth much. Have you nothing to pray for? Let us suggest the Church, the ministry, your own soul, your children, your relations, your neighbours, your country, and the cause of God and truth throughout the world. Let us examine ourselves on this important matter. Do we engage with lukewarmness in private devotion? Is the fire of devotion burning dimly in our hearts? Do the chariot wheels drag heavily? If so, let us be alarmed at this sign of decay. Let us go with weeping, and ask for the Spirit of grace and of supplications. Let us set apart special seasons for extraordinary prayer. For if this fire should be smothered beneath the ashes of a worldly conformity, it will dim the fire on the family altar, and lessen our influence both in the Church and in the world.

The text will also apply to the altar of the heart. This is a golden altar indeed. God loves to see the hearts of His people glowing towards Himself. Let us give to God our hearts, all blazing with love, and seek His grace, that the fire may never be quenched; for it will not burn if the Lord does not keep it burning. Many foes will attempt to extinguish it; but if the unseen hand behind the wall pour thereon the sacred oil, it will blaze higher and higher. Let us use texts of Scripture as fuel for our heart’s fire, they are live coals; let us attend sermons, but above all, let us be much alone with Jesus.

Entry taken from Morning and Evening, by Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892).

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What shall the righteous do?

“Not as the world, the Saviour gives: He is no fickle friend; Whom once He loves, He never leaves, But loves him to the end.

Though thousand snares enclose his feet, Not one shall hold him fast; Whatever dangers he may meet, He shall get safe at last.

The spirit that would this truth withstand Would pull God’s temple down, Wrest Jesus’ sceptre from His hand, And spoil Him of his crown.

Satan might then full victory boast, The Church might wholly fall; If one believer may be lost, It follows, so may all. 

“But Christ, in every age, has prov’d, His purchase firm and true; If this foundation be removed, What shall the righteous do?”

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