This Sunday (04.19), Pastor Duke spoke about praying prayers like Paul for the church (http://www.sermonconnect.com/sermoninfo.php?id=20150421090457084FC9) The book A Call to Spiritual Reformation is a great resource to learn how to do this.
On page 17, Carson clearly states the purpose of this book.
The purpose of this book, then, is to think through some of Paul’s prayers, so that we may align our prayer habits with his. We want to learn what to pray for, what arguments to use, what priorities we should adopt, what beliefs should shape our prayers, and much more.
Below are some quotes about prayer and love that have been challenging to me. Read these and consider how you should be praying privately and with others. These quotes are very helpful as we pray in our Soul Care groups.
When Christians do grow in their love for each other, for no other reason than because they are loved by Jesus Christ and love him in return, that growing love is an infallible sign of grace in their lives. (p.43)
At the heart of all our praying must be a biblical vision. That vision embraces who God is, what he has done, who we are, where we are going, what we must value and cherish. That vision drives us toward increasing conformity with Jesus, toward lives lived in the light of eternity, toward echoing the church’s ongoing cry, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus”. That vision must shape our prayers, so that the things that most concern us in prayer are those that concern the heart of God. (p. 62)
How much would our churches be transformed if each of us made it a practice to thank God for others and then to tell these others what it is about them that we thank God for? (p. 87)
Christian love, mature, deep, and unqualified, is a rare commodity. When it is displayed, it speaks volumes to a society that gorges itself in self-interest, lust, mutual-admiration pacts, even while it knows very little of love. (p. 92)
If we have been transferred out of the dominion of darkness and into the kingdom of the Son beloved by God, our only appropriate response is joyful gratitude. (p. 109)
Some Christians want enough of Christ to be identified with him but not enough to be seriously inconvenienced; they genuinely cling to basic Christian orthodoxy but do not want to engage in serious Bible study; they value moral probity, especially of the public sort, but do not engage in war against inner corruptions; they fret over the quality of the preacher’s sermon but do not worry much over the quality of their own prayer life. Such Christians are content with mediocrity. (p. 121)
Remember we can talk much about praying but
we need to pray.