May 1, 2011
Three Ingredients of Gospel-Shaped Prayer
Two observations about studying the Scriptures to deepen our prayer lives (from D.A. Carson, A Call to Spiritual Reformation, pgs 95-96)
1. general: the more we learn about God and His ways, the better we can pray.
2. specific: studying the prayers in Scripture from Moses, David, Daniel, Jesus, Paul, and others helps us to better know how to pray and what to pray for
Furthermore, we can actually pray the Scriptures – a practice that has breathed new freshness into the prayers of many.
We Should Regularly Pray for Others with:
1. Thankfulness for Gospel Transformation (vv. 3-8, 14)
2. Petitions for Godly Wisdom (v. 9)
3. The Goal of God-pleasing Lives (vv. 10-12)