Why we Worship


Clap your hands, all peoples!
  Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,
  a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
  and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
  the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout,
  the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
  Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
  sing praises with a psalm!

Why Sing?

God reigns over the nations;
  God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
  as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
  he is highly exalted!

Why Scripture?


God invented prayer, and recruits men and women to prevail with Him in it. Some take that challenge seriously, and mountains get moved as a result.

Recent Entries

God? Who Needs Him?
May 31, 2013
Self-sufficient humanism. Paul saw it coming – “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”

Imago Dei
September 12, 2012
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Why Can't I Pray?
August 18, 2012
The bible gives us several reasons, but according to Jeremy Taylor, a deceitful heart is at the root of prayerlessness.

It's Not Rocket Science
July 23, 2012
To keep in step with the Spirit should be our daily quest. And if we are successful at that, all of life falls into place.

Theological Steak
April 10, 2012
These words by P. T. Forsythe on the magnificence of Christ's work are to theology what Ruth's Chris is to a good steak.

Describing the Indescribable
February 11, 2012
What we have in Christ will take all eternity to describe. But for one segment of one sermon, a great preacher made a mighty attempt.

Making Sense Of It All
January 30, 2012
Where are things headed? Is there rhyme and reason to the endless cycle of summer, fall, winter and spring? Is there a plan in place, or is randomness the explanation?

Peas In a Praying Pod

October 11, 2008

Moses and Aaron were among His priests, Samuel was among those who called on His name; they called on the Lord, and He answered them. Psalm 99:6

Epaphras....is always wrestling in prayer for you. Colossians 4:12

A prayer of the prophet Habakkuk the prophet. Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:1-2

"The principal end of prayer is to excite, stir up and draw forth the principle of grace, of faith and love in the heart, unto a due exercise in holy thoughts of God and spiritual things, with affectons suitable unto them." John Owen

John Owen uses the word "exercise," and Paul uses wrestling to describe what he has observed regarding the prayer life of Epaphras. John Owen says that Habakkuk's name means "wrestler or striver, and he seems to have turned that energy into prevailing prayer on behalf of the church in Colossae.

Has any great work of God ever risen up without it? Probably not. William Burns was a young intinerate evangelist in Scotland, and was used powerfully of God to stir the church there in the 1800's. When Robert Murray McCheyne took a trip to the Holy Land, Burns filled in the pulpit for a number of weeks, and a genuine revival broke out.

While staying in a home, his prayer habits were observed and recalled: "After touring the district for a few hours, he returned in the evening and went to his room, and while we waited for his coming down stairs to dinner, we heard a heavy groan. Thinking he had been taken ill, Mrs. Thoms, the hostess, ran upstairs and found him lying on his face on the floor groaning before the Lord.

He had gotten such an overwhelming sense of responsibility for the souls of the people, that he could then think of nothing else. In absence of mind he had left his door partially open, which Mrs.Thoms shut; and we did not see him again until late in the  evening, when he came for the family worship.

His prayer was one then a continued strain of self-loathing; and pleading for mercy through the blood of the Lamb. It happened that his room was next to mine, and  all that night I heard him still groaning in prayer." (Memoirs, page 545-6)

Jesus in the garden prayed with such passion and fervency that an angel appeared to him to strengthen him. His energy was depleted by prayer. It was a physical workout. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. Luke 22:43-44

Andrew Bonar, Burn's friend in ministry, commented then that it was "a time that seems to require prayer more than preaching, even, at least I so often feel. And persevering prayerfulness - day by day wrestling and pleading, is harder for the flesh than preaching."

Amy Carmichael said that "prayer is, after all, the most strenuous work in all the world."

Guiles of Assissi (1190 - 1262) said that "whoever gives up prayer because of difficulties is like a man who runs away from battle."

Richard Sibbes, the Puritan preacher, said that "prayer is a kind of wrestling and contending with God,  a striving with Him."

Tertullian said that"...when men join together, they offer a holy kind of violence to God."

"To pray with all your heart and strength with the reason, the will, to believe vividly that God will listen to your voice through Christ, and verily do the thing he pleaseth upon – this is the last, the greatest achievement of the Christian’s warfare upon earth.  Teach us to pray, Lord." Samuel Coleridge (quoted in Hudson Taylor biography, vol. 2, page 348)

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