BCL Grow: Exercise of Faith — Acts 20:28
Acts 20:28 (Sanctification)
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.— Colossians 4:2
“Prayer is the principal and perpetual exercise of faith and the chief element of piety. As the believer comes to God in prayer, he receives a sense of God’s gracious character even as he offers praises to God and asks for His faithfulness. Prayer encourages piety both privately and corporately.” — Joel R. Beeke, Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism, p. 181.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: What are some purposes of prayer? Why is praying so prominent in Scripture?
2. Remember: Christ Jesus calls us to pray and teaches us how to pray. He himself prayed often with thanksgiving and praise to God the Father while bringing his petitions to him (see for example John 17). God’s word calls us to also pray as a exercise of faith, trusting that God hears and answers our prayers according to his gracious and perfect will.
3. Respond: Pray often. Praise God with thanksgiving in your prayers and bring your needs and the needs of others before him. Ask of him according to his will and not fleshly desires. Faithfully trust that through Christ Jesus and the intercession of his Spirit God hears and answers your prayers according to his perfect and loving will.
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