Afraid to pray?

During the Civil War a beautiful, highly educated, and popular young woman fell into prostitution. Just before she died, at the age of 22, she wrote that she was dying alone, too wicked for a prayer.*

Don’t let sin keep you from prayer. Jesus is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him (Hebrews 7:25).

*adapted from John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary Matthew 1-7, p.305-306.

 

Because of Prayer

When Helen Ewing died at the age of 22 it is said that all of Scotland wept.

She had no obvious gifts such as speaking or writing and had never traveled far from home.  Yet by the time she died she had won hundreds of people to Jesus Christ.

Helen had risen every morning at 5 to study God’s Word and to pray. Her diary revealed that she regularly prayed for over three hundred missionaries by name.*

Pray like Helen prayed.

*Adapted from John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary Matthew 1-7, p.243-244.

Nehemiah’s Prayers

Sometimes Nehemiah fasted and prayed for days (read Nehemiah 1:4).

Other times he included prayer in his conversation with others. The king asked, “Well, how can I help you?” With a prayer to the God of heaven, I replied (Nehemiah 2:4).

HIs narrative of the Jews in Jerusalem was interspersed with prayer. Here’s one example: “These men had an excellent reputation . . . Remember this good deed, O my God (Nehemiah 13:13-14).

Nehemiah shows us how to pray all the time.