Monday, July 10, 2006

Kingdom-Centered Prayer

Dr Tim Keller's idea of Kingdom-Centered Prayer is very inspiring. He said that biblically and historically, the one non-negotiable, universal ingredient in times of spiritual renewal is corporate, prevailing, intensive and kingdom-centered prayer, which is the following:

1. It is focused on God's presence and kingdom (Acts 4, Exodus 33, Nehemiah 1).

  • a request for grace to confess sins and humble ourselves
  • a compassion and zeal for the flourishing of the church
  • a yearning to know God, to see his face, to see his glory

2. It is bold and specific.

  • pacesetters in prayer spend time in self-examination
  • in the context of the gospel, it is purifying and strenthening
  • pray that the world might see the glory of God through his people

3. It is prevailing, corporate.

  • prayer should be constant, not sporadic and brief
  • pray withouth ceasing, pray long and hard
  • the process will have our hard hearts melted, to tear down barriers, to have the glory of God break through.


Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Those seem to be Biblical ideas.

Kitty Cheng said...

Yes, I think so Matthew.

Jonathan Moorhead said...

Great perspective. So much of prayer seems to be anthropocentric.

Kitty Cheng said...

Jonathan, thanks for dropping by my blog. I agree with you that many of our prayers are anthropocentric. This is a good reminder for me personally, as I am guilty of praying like that at times too.

audrey` said...

Our Lord is just a prayer away :)

Kitty Cheng said...