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Jon Bloom:

I’ve just recently been laying aside sinful doubt-weights again. I have certain doubts that I have laid down repeatedly over the years and seem to have a tendency to easily pick back up. Sometimes I’m not even conscious I’ve done this till I recognize a certain kind of soul-fatigue being caused by doubt that certain promises of God are true in my case.

The longer we carry these doubt-weights the stronger their power over us becomes. We are often tempted to think that carrying the weights is a more “real” and intellectually respectable way to run. But carried long enough, they get heavier to the point that we wonder if the whole race is worth it or is, in fact, real after all.

If that’s you, don’t fool around with them any more. Drop them!

But how does one lay aside doubt-weights?

Read “Lay Aside the Weight of Doubt” here.

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How should I pray for others?

How about using the template Jesus provides in the “Disciples’ [or as commonly known The Lord’s] Prayer.  Or how about praying like Paul prayed for others? Did you know you could listen in on the Apostle Paul’s prayers centuries later? Here are a few of them compiled by Terry Enns:

  • Romans 1:8-12
  • Romans 10:1
  • Romans 15:5-6
  • Romans 15:13
  • 1 Corinthians 1:4-9
  • 1 Corinthians 16:23
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
  • 2 Corinthians 2:14-16
  • 2 Corinthians 12:7-9
  • Galatians 6:18
  • Ephesians 1:15-23
  • Ephesians 3:14-21
  • Ephesians 6:19-20
  • Philippians 1:3-6
  • Philippians 1:9-11
  • Philippians 4:23
  • Colossians 1:9-14
  • Colossians 4:2-4
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:2-4
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:28
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:2-5
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:16
  • 1 Timothy 1:12
  • 1 Timothy 2:1-4
  • 2 Timothy 1:3-7
  • 2 Timothy 1:16-18
  • 2 Timothy 4:22
  • Titus 3:15
  • Philemon 4-7
  • Philemon 25

Terry encourages us to keep this list of prayers handy and add to them as you come across biblical prayers in other places by other Biblical authors as well.

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Ray Ortlund writes:

I just found this slip of paper in a file folder.  My dad wrote this in 2004.  It was a personal statement, but also perhaps brief notes for a talk somewhere:

“If I had to do life over again, what would I do differently?  Why not do it now, from here on?

1.  Pray more.  So easy to talk prayer, do it on the run.  I read the Word, but then give prayer far less time and thought.

2.  Be more generous and giving to Anne, more lavish on her.

3.  Call and see my kids more.  I see and call others.

4.  I’d take more chances.  Live with greater abandon.  Football illustration.  [I don’t know what this was.]

[Then on the reverse side]

5.  I’d take the world’s needs more seriously.”

If you had to live your life over again, what would you do differently? Why not start living like that today?

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Pastor Scotty Smith:

Dear heavenly Father, I begin this day humbled and repentant. I extend my empty hand to you trusting you to give me some of the same sufficient grace you gave Paul. Not only do I need your grace for owning and boasting in my weaknesses, but I need your grace so that I will stop despising weaknesses in others. I’ve had the attitude of a grumpy toddler, the self-righteous elder brother in Luke 15, and a serial killer in my heart. Like every day, I need the gospel today.

Though I’d love to justify myself, there is no such justification. I’m a selfish man who would love for everything and everyone to work in concert to give me an undisturbed, enjoyable, predictable life. Too often, I assume the right to green lights at every intersection, an open cash register when I’m ready to check out, and that the fish will be biting anytime I put a bait in the water.

What is worse, there are times when I don’t want people to fear the stuff they should fear, struggle with the same things I struggle with, or simply be the normal sinners that we all are. God, have mercy on me, the sinner. I am humbled to realize you never get irritated, annoyed or resentful of me.

Abba, Father, I’m so thankful that your love for me is steadfast and that I can count on new mercies every morning—including this morning, and all day long. I not only grieve my attitude, I do repent and abandon myself to the resources of the gospel.

Lord Jesus, I want and I need your power to rest on me and to settle my restless heart. I’ll not pray about next week or even tomorrow; just give me the manna of gospel kindness for this one day. Help me to respond gently and not react rigidly to the weaknesses of others. Help me to roll up my sleeves and not roll my eyes, when I meet brokenness, fragility and fear in others. Help me to love as you love me, for that is the bottom line and the top priority. So very Amen I pray, in your powerful loving name.

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