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Disciplined or spontaneous prayer

January 19, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Excellent sermon here from John Piper on the need for both a disciplined and a spontaneous prayer life.  He does not equate spontaneity with freedom because in our acts of discipline, there can be “wonderful freedom and joy.”

He points out that neither does discipline equate with legalism as “though any intentionality that drives you to do a thing when you don’t feel like it can only be a work of the law, or an act of merit, or a way of earning salvation, or a strategy to get God on your side.”  Piper points out that “steadfast opposition to discipline may reflect a heart of legalism.”  His point is that both kinds of prayers are wrong if we are trusting in our own righteousness and not that of Christ.

More from Piper, “The opposite of legalism is not spontaneity. And the opposite of faith is not discipline. Spontaneity may be legalistic. And discipline may be an act of faith.”

Reflecting on Romans 8:32 and 2 Cor 1:20, Piper writes,

“In other words, every answer to prayer that would be good for us, Christ purchased by his blood. We did not and cannot purchase them. So when we go to our closet, we are not going to make a purchase. We are not going to negotiate. We are going because God has ordained that what Christ obtained for us, we receive by asking.”

And he ends the message with a challenge to be intentional about our praying, “Because Christ died for you, and through prayer God will give you what you need—mainly more of himself.”   yes and yes again!

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  1. doris
    January 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    glad you liked the link. i thought this was an excellent sermon, thought provoking, challenging and biblical doris

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