So I don’t put freedom alongside discipline as distinct from it.

or with your spouse, just before you go to bed at night.

And C.S. This is how the gospel relates to our praying in the Spirit. That’s what we long for.

We don’t work our way into the Spirit. If you were starving, and the food of life were in a locked container, and Christ died to open the container, you would not be a legalist if you walked five miles and stood all day stood in line to receive your food with tears of expectancy and gratitude. Ephesians 6:18 - Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; James 5:15 - And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. or pray out in church during one of our congregational prayer times. I ask you: in perilous times like these, is the church powerless to do anything?

The people had fallen into great affliction, and they cried out to God in grief. or three times a day on your knees like Daniel (Daniel 6:10). If we don’t live on the gospel — that is, on the work of Christ for us on the cross — all our praying will indeed become a bondage and a stench in God’s nose. The heart of the gospel is that Christ died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3). “I’ll just wait till it spontaneously falls into my mouth.” No. It is there, Jesus reminds us, the Father touches us personally: “When you pray, go into your closet and shut the door.

And he will reward you openly” (Matthew 6:6, my paraphrase).

But you, when you pray, enter into your closet and lock your door, and pray to your father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you in public. Are Christ’s followers supposed to fall in line with the rest of the world, grabbing for a slice of the pie?

Do you see the importance of setting your heart to pray in a secret place? No, Saul was to spend three days alone and apart, praying and getting to know Jesus.

Pray to your Father, who sees you in secret. It’s trusting in faith and relying on God to hear, understand, and act. It’s not what man can give that satisfies us, but the reward of God himself.

It is spontaneous.

This is just one: Be sure to make part of your praying the private prayer where it is just you and God. According to Joel, the day of darkness that was approaching Israel would be one such as never seen in their history. Sometimes we take prayer too casually. That is gospel-praying.

We prayed about their friendships and relationships, that God would send away boyfriends or girlfriends if they had been sent as traps. Satan comes precisely at such a dark hour when nuclear disaster looms over the earth, when the heathen rage and terrorize nations. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. But alongside disciplined praying, like the ones I mentioned, I do put spontaneity. We see this illustrated in the tribe of Ephraim in Israel. But I don’t want to put freedom alongside discipline because that would imply that there can’t be freedom in discipline.

When Abraham prayed for God to spare Sodom (where his nephew Lot lived), the Lord’s heart was moved to save that city even if only ten righteous people lived there. Then God put on us a tighter yoke, and he used his loving rod to break our stubborn will. I don’t believe in such discipline.”. And pray in your secret closet. “Only inasmuch as you know that God is your Father can you pray with intimacy rather than with religious ritual. A few years ago they took in a baby boy who was virtually half dead. It is not. Jesus himself declared, “It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer” (Matthew 21:13). Our experience with God may be so shallow that the only way we have of conceiving of discipline is in terms of legalism — as though any intentionality that drives you to do a thing when you don’t feel like it can only be a work of the law, or an act of merit, or a way of earning salvation, or a strategy to get God on your side.

This simple command stands for a hundred ways you may plan to pray or be disciplined.

We look to God, not as our enemy or as a frustrated father who can never be pleased, but as our Father who is one hundred percent for us because of Christ alone.

John Calvin said we never offer obedience to God until we’re compelled to do so by his chastening.

Jesus says in Matthew 6:5–6.

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