God's Mission Matters October 2010 podcast - Pray the way!
Pray the way! The power of prayer in mission
October 15, 2010
By Michael Parker
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now.”(Philippians 1:3-5)
In times of difficulty, when we are stressed and anxious, the world’s advice is often to be stoic — that is, to buck up, to show a stiff upper lip, to maintain an even strain.
J. I. Packer writes that there is something heroic in this, “but it is the perverse heroism of self-sufficient, self-glorifying pride, the sick heroism of Milton’s Satan in Paradise Lost.”
Certainly this is not the model that Jesus gave to us in the Garden of Gethsemane when he threw himself on the ground, prayed in agony, and sweat blood. Of course not all of our prayers will be of this sort.
The prayers of the Apostle Paul, recorded in his epistles, are filled with thanksgiving and joy and praise for what God was already doing in the lives of His people.
Whether in good times or in bad, God calls us to seek him in prayer.
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