Category Archives: Devotional

The Answer is More Certain than Our Prayer: Encouragement to Pray from Question 129 of the Heidelberg Catechism (with commentary by Karl Barth)

Heidelberg Catechism 129 Q. What does the word “Amen” signify? A. “Amen” signifies, it shall truly and certainly be: for my prayer is more assuredly heard of God, than I feel in my heart that I desire these things of … Continue reading

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On Loving Christ with Both Heart and Mind: H.R. Mackintosh on Being a “Christologian”

It seems to be more uncommon than not to encounter Christians who major on loving Christ either with the heart or with the mind, but not necessarily with both. What do I mean? When I think about many of the … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Devotional, H.R. Mackintosh, Knowledge of God, Love of God

“The Mouth By Whom We Speak to God”: John Knox on Praying on the Basis of Christ Alone

John Knox, from his “Treatise on Prayer” [The Select Practical Writings of John Knox (Edinburgh; Carlisle: Banner of Truth, 2011), 12-16] [G]odly prayer requireth … the perfect knowledge of the advocate, intercessor, and mediator; for, seeing no man is himself … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Church history, Devotional, Five Solas, John Knox, Prayer, Reformation, Reformed theology, Roman Catholicism, Vicarious humanity of Christ

Reversed Thunder: George Herbert’s Poetic Pictures of Prayer

While there is certainly a place for prosaic instructions in learning to pray, there is also much to fuel the fire of our praying in the power of poetic pictures. George Herbert’s classic poem “Prayer (I)” does precisely this. As … Continue reading

Posted in Devotional, Poetry, Prayer, Tim Keller

Come, Lord Jesus! (T.F. Torrance on Revelation 22)

Revelation 22:6-7, 16-17, 20-21 And [the angel] said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.” “And behold, … Continue reading

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The New Heaven and the New Earth (T.F. Torrance on Revelation 21)

Revelation 21:1-4 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out … Continue reading

Posted in Assurance, Devotional, Eschatology, Preaching, Prophets & prophecy, Revelation, Soteriology, Suffering | 1 Comment

A Holy and Patient Violence: Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the Blessing of Unaswered Prayer

As I wrote in a recent post “I Will Not Let You Go Until You Bless Me“, the great preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones has helped to radically change my view of prayer, a discipline with which I have struggled to maintain … Continue reading

Posted in Devotional, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Prayer, Preaching, Sanctification, Sovereignty of God

The Final Judgment (T.F. Torrance on Revelation 20)

Revelation 20:1-3, 11-15 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and … Continue reading

Posted in Devotional, Eschatology, Judgment of God, Preaching, Prophets & prophecy, Resurrection, Revelation, Sin and evil

“I Will Not Let You Go Until You Bless Me!”: Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Praying with Importunity

In my personal devotions I have been reflecting much lately on prayer. Prayer is something that, if I am honest, has not been a consistent practice in my life. Not that I have neglected prayer; rather, as the great prayer … Continue reading

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The Word of God Victorious (T.F. Torrance on Revelation 19)

Revelation 19:9, 11-16 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” Then I saw heaven opened, and … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical interpretation, Christology, Devotional, Ecclesiology, Eschatology, Judgment of God, Mission & evangelism, Preaching, Prophets & prophecy, Revelation, T.F. Torrance, Word of God | 2 Comments