Did Jesus Forbid Repetitive Prayers?

John ArmstrongPrayer

Jesus taught us to pray. He even gave us a model to guide us in Matthew 6:9-13. The church has historically believed that this prayer can and should be followed, thus it occurs in the earliest Christian teaching on how to pray and what to specifically pray about. It seems very apparent that very early in the church's historical development … Read More

A Prayer for the Illinois House of Representatives

John ArmstrongPrayer

Most of you know that my son is a pastor and serves a church plant in nearby Streamwood, Illinois. (I preached there on May 10 and 17. The photo above is of Matt introducing me to his flock to preach.) Matt, his wife Adriana, and their two beautiful girls, Gracie and Abbie, drove to Springfield on Thursday afternoon in order … Read More

Prayer is Irksome

John ArmstrongPrayer

 We must be honest about it, prayer is difficult for all of us. No one is immune to this great difficulty. Only immature Christians think otherwise. C. S. Lewis wrote: Well, let’s now at any rate come clean. Prayer is irksome. An excuse to omit it is never unwelcome. When it is over, this casts a feeling of relief and … Read More

Luther's Morning Prayer

John ArmstrongPrayer

My Heavenly Father, I thank you, through Jesus Christ, your beloved Son, that You kept me safe from all evil and danger last night. Save me, I pray, today as well from every evil and sin, so that all I do and the way that I live will please you. I put myself in your care, body and soul and … Read More

A Prayer-Care-Share Lifestyle

John ArmstrongPrayer

One of the ministries I support, both in my prayer and in my giving to the kingdom of God, is the National Pastors Prayer Network. The National Pastors Prayer Network is led by a very good friend, Phil Miglioratti. Phil has was born and reared in Chicago. He has a background in the church that birthed the Awana Clubs ministry … Read More

Prayer: Conversation with God

John ArmstrongPrayer

St. John Chrysostom said, "Prayer is conversation with God." Clement of Alexandria and Gregory of Nyssa said much the same thing. Origen distinguished different kinds of prayer and thus wrote: Supplication is "a petition offered with entreaty by one who needs something; prayer "is offered in a dignified manner with praise concerning matters of importance"; intercession "is a request to … Read More

The Jesus Prayer

John ArmstrongPrayer

The apostle Paul instructed the Thessalonian Christians that they should they should: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thess. 5:16-18). I ponder this text a great deal. I am sure I fail the first more than once a day, more likely a few times … Read More