Category Archives for Prayer

4 Keys to Prayer from Psalm 5:3

October 1, 2014

Dr. David L. Allen | Dean of the School of Theology
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“In the morning, O Lord, you will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to you and eagerly watch.” (Psalm 5:3 – NASB)

“O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.” (Psalm 5:3 – ESV)

“Lord, in the morning you will hear me; in the morning I will present my case to you and then wait expectantly for an answer.” (Psalm 5:3 – NET Bible)

I see 4 keys to prayer in this simple verse.
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Unraveling the Mystery of Prayer

January 28, 2013

By Franklin L. Kirksey, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort, Alabama, and author of Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice.

These expositions by Dr. Kirksey are offered to suggest sermon or Bible study ideas for pastors and other church leaders, both from the exposition and from the illustrative material, or simply for personal devotion.

Psalm 109:1-31


Introduction

Unraveling the mystery of prayer is a formidable task.  Even one who has been a believer for many years finds some elements of prayer shrouded in mystery.  This is due in part to the fact that it involves the communion and communication of finite man with the infinite God.

Rev. Joseph Hammond, (1839-1912), recalls, “Mysterious was the one word written opposite this psalm in the pocket Bible of a late devout and popular writer.  It represents the utter perplexity with which it is very generally regarded.”[1]

Psalm 109 features the puzzling element of imprecatory prayer.  Psalms 5, 6, 11, 12, 35, 37, 40, 52, 54, 56, 58, 69, 79, 83, 137, 139, and 143 are examples of imprecatory psalms.  Bible scholars consider Psalm 109 the most relevant example and there are at least three elements of Psalm 109 to consider by way of introduction.  Continue reading