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“Our prayers reveal much about us. Prayers with little or no worship and focusing in on our own needs (usually health) reveal a distorted, Adamic bent. What they reveal is self-centeredness, what Martin Luther labels homo in se incurvatus: “man curved in on himself.

Listen to prayers at the church prayer meeting (if one still exists). You will discover that the majority of prayers are “organ recitals”–prayers for someone’s liver, kidney or heart.

Not that we shouldn’t pray for medical issues, but a preoccupation with health itself is a reflection of how little we understand why it is we desire good health. We desire it so that the person we are praying for lives for Jesus Christ”

Dr. Derek W.H. ThomasPrayer in TabletalkApril 2012, 14.

It is easy to be critical of prayer, particularly the prayers of others. Robert Murray McCheyne’s words are often cited because they remain painfully true: “You wish to humble a man? Ask him about his prayer life.”

~ Dr. Derek W.H. ThomasPrayer in TabletalkApril 2012, 14.

The reality (of hell) will likely be far more terrible than what we can comprehend, considering the limits of our language and understanding. Nevertheless, I cannot think of anything more terrifying than eternally burning in a lake of fire, and that is precisely the point, and precisely why we must preach hell as Jesus preached hell and preach the gospel of eternal life as He preached it–for the love of God and our love for the lost.

~ Burk Parsons, Tabletalk, February 2014, 2. 

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