All tagged Prayer

Friends Near and Far

One of my best friends daughter is coming to visit us today. We are pretty excited to have her with us. It has been fun over the years to watch her grow up. I have known her since she was a child and now she is in her early twenties. It is hard for me to get my head around. However, in the Clausing house, there is great excitement to have Amy with us for a few days.

Expect the Unexpected

My Mum and brother recently visited us from Australia. Last Monday evening we were having our final meal together as they were catching the train back to London early Tuesday morning. As we were saying our goodbyes and Cam closed the door behind them, he turned to me and said “have you checked your email?”. Well no, I hadn’t, but that question made me head to my email for sure… and this is I what I read…

Lex Credendi

At the beginning of this last semester in the Theology and Ethic seminar here at New College, a speaker came in to talk about the idea of Lex orandi or the Law of Prayer. He was speaking from a specifically Anglican perspective. Now, I am not an Anglican. I am happily and contentedly a Presbyterian. However, his talk on Lex orandi was fascinating and it has stuck with me.

Theology as Prayer

Well, I am back into it full-time again. Reading, writing, researching, and translating. It has been hard to find the rhythm, but it is slowly coming together. Not only the travel, but the transition from the church back into the academy has been a little jarring. However, the time away has given me a fresh perspective and has renewed my energy to get moving.

Learning to Repent

It has been said that perfection is not the high water mark of the Christian life, repentance is. When confronted with our sin, we have two responses. The natural man will want to deny that there is anything wrong and look for excuses. However, the spiritual man should be convicted and brought to a place of repentance. But what does repentance before God look like? Let me suggest that it is coming before him in prayer.

Christ's Intercession

Every Sunday, when we are reciting the Apostles’ Creed together, one of the doctrines that we profess belief in is the ascension of Christ. We say, “He ascended into Heaven, and now sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.” It is a doctrine that is so quickly forgotten, but carries with it so many important and life changing implications. Not the least of which connects to prayer.

Prayer in the Battle

Throughout Scripture we are told that life is war. Jesus says that the Christian life is one of endurance and striving (Mark 13:13; Luke 13:24). Paul tells us that it is a battle (1 Tim 6:12; 2 Tim 4:7). The preacher in Hebrews says that we are to strive to enter into the rest promised us (Heb 4:11).

New Year's Resolution: Pray More

Paul commands us in 1 Thess 5:17 to “pray without ceasing.” What does he mean by this? It would seem, from the way that we normally talk about prayer, that Paul wants us to continually be talking.

Our Father in Heaven

The opening line to that prayer has been a point for me to ponder frequently. We say "Our Father in Heaven." This one phrase strikes me every time. We call God Father. We have a relationship with him that is close; he is "Our Father." He is not far off and distant, but "near to all who call on him" (Ps 145:18). The modern conceptions of God often place him far off or inaccessible, but what this simple prayer tells us is that he is nearby. He is "our Father."