May 7, 2009

Hyper-busyness

Six Lessons in Prayer

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This highly-recommended message is by Alexander Strauch, originally preached during chapel at The Master’s Seminary on April 16, 2009.

Strauch addresses the (pastoral) idol of hyper-busyness, and how that challenges the apostolic priorities in Acts 6:4: We will devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

From Ephesians 6:18-19, Strauch admonishes pastors to:

  1. Always be creative in your praying: all prayer and supplication.” Avoid the rut. 2. Always be praying in a spirit of prayer: praying at all times.” Emphasis on the frequency, thanking always, confessing regularly, seeking always. 3. Always be praying in the power of the Spirit: praying … in the Spirit.” 4. Always be watching and praying. Emphasis on effort and perseverance: keep alert with all perseverance.” 5. Always be praying for others: making supplication for all the saints.” See also 1 Samuel 12:23 6. Always be praying for missionaries and the gospel: to proclaim the mystery of the gospel.”

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