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Prayer (eleventh in a series)

For the past ten weeks I’ve been writing about components of prayer: praise, thanksgiving, confession, petition, and when needed, complaint. In the prayer Jesus taught his disciples, commonly known as the Lord’s Prayer, we see all but one of these elements. This leads me to conclude that genuine prayer almost always includes several components, not just one. Here is a brief summary of each: Continue reading

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Prayer (seventh in a series)

For the past two weeks I’ve been writing about confession as a form of prayer. As I stated previously, the word confess means to agree, to admit, to acknowledge. When we confess, we are owning up to the truth about ourselves and about God. But confession is not just about admitting our sins; it is also about acknowledging our standing before God.

Our standing before God is this: through faith in Jesus Christ we become heirs, with him, of God’s heavenly kingdom. Our sins are forgiven and we are granted eternal life with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Now, when God sees us, he sees not our sins but the cleansing blood of Jesus upon us. (Hebrews 9:13-14, 22) Continue reading

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