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November 22, 2008

Four Rules for Prayer

Filed under: Some Famous | Some Not So Famous — pilgrimskeyboard @ 11:43 pm

by:  John Calvin

1. The first rule of prayer is reverence – “be disposed in mind and heart as befits those who enter conversation with God.”

2. The second rule requires that we desire the things we seek from God – “A fault that seems less serious but is also not tolerable is that of others who, having been imbued with this one principle – that God must be appeased by devotions – mumble prayers without meditation. Now the godly must particularly beware of presenting themselves before God to request anything unless they yearn for it with sincere affection of heart, and at the same time desire to obtain it from him.”

3. The third rule warns us not to trust in our own resources to meet our needs, but to trust only in God – “anyone who stands before God to pray, in his humility giving glory completely to God, abandon all thought of his own glory, cast off all notion of his own worth, in fine, put away all self-assurance – lest if we claim for ourselves anything, even the least bit, we should become vainly puffed up, and perish at his presence.”

4. The fourth rule requires to believe that God does answer prayer – “[be] encouraged to pray by a sure hope that our prayer will be answered … [have] a firm assurance of God’s favor.”

—– [The Founders Journal, Issue 69, (Stephen Matteucci, A Strong Tower For Weary People: Calvin’s Teaching On Prayer), Summer 2007, p. 21-22 (adapted)] —–

Philippians 4:6-7
[D]o not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


1 Comment »

  1. Hello Pastor Bruce,

    Thank you for sharing this. Something that would be helpful to me in my prayer life. 🙂

    I wish you and Cindy a wonderful, joyous time of Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones!

    Comment by Jessica — November 26, 2008 @ 9:16 am | Reply

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