Cinci sugestii pentru rugăciunea în secret

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Rugăciunea privată este importantă, chiar esențială, lucrul acesta este clar pentru creștin. Dar felul în care privim rugăciunea este o deschidere glorioasă pentru experiențele și rutina noastră, pentru șabloanele noastre și pentru diferitele sezoane ale vieții noastre. Pe măsură ce ne evaluăm (sau începem să) propriul ritm și propriile practici, uitați aici cinci sugestii pentru a vă îmbogăți rugăciunea privată.

1. Creați-vă propria odăiță.

Găsiți-vă un loc regular pentru rugăciunea în privat și dacă nu puteți găsi unul, faceți-vă unul. Poate fi un simplu birou liber sau un loc unde poți îngenunchia. Mulți au constatat că a te ruga lângă pat aduce mai multe roade decât a te ruga în pat. Poate poți găsi o cameră întreagă pentru tine sau să te cuibărești sub niște scări, un loc cu suficient spațiu pentru stat sau îngenunchiat și suficientă lumină pentru a citi sau chiar pentru a scrie. A avea propriul tău loc te va ajuta să fii regular în privința rugăciunii.

    2. Începe cu Biblia.

Pentru că rugăciunea este o conversație pe care nu noi o începem, ci un răspuns la inițiativa și vorbirea lui Dumnezeu în Cuvântul Său, mulți dintre noi am învățat – împreună cu George Mueller – să începem cu Biblia. Mueller spune că timp de zece ani, el și-a început fiecare dimineață cu o încercare imediată, fierbinte și prelungită de a se ruga, doar pentru a învăța, în final, că rugăciunile sunt mai bogate și concentrate pe El atunci când vin ca un răspuns la Cuvântul lui Dumnezeu.

De atunci, Mueller a început cu o scurtă rugăciune cerându-I lui Dumnezeu ajutorul în timp ce citea, apoi mergea prima dată la Biblie și își deschidea urechea la ceea ce găsea în Cuvânt, prin meditație, transpunere, prin disciplina meditației, apoi ajungea la momentul rugăciunii private zilnice.

3. Adorați, mărturisiți, mulțumiți, cereți.

După ce ai citit și meditat din Biblie, înainte de a deschide porțile „liberei rugăciuni” – exprimând tot ceea ce avem în inimă – ar putea fi de folos să avem ceva la îndemână. William Law sfătuia în devoționalele sale pentru dimineața să „avem ceva fixat și ceva liber”. La fel este și cu rugăciunea privată.

Martin Luther recomanda să ne rugăm conform Rugăciunii Domnești, dar cu alte cuvinte în fiecare zi. O formă testată în timp ar fi urmptoarea: adorare, confesiune, mulțumire, implorare. În primul rând, adoră-L pe Dumnezeu cu laude pentru adevărul revelat în timpul citirii tale și a meditației la Scriptură, apoi confesează-ți propriile păcate, slăbiciuni și eșecuri, apoi mulțumește-I pentru har și milă, apoi, în final, imploră – adu cereri înaintea Lui – pentru tine, pentru familia ta, biserica ta și altele.

    4. Divulgă-ți dorințele – și dezvoltă-le.

În primul rând, ceva stabilit și fix; acum, ceva liber. Aceasta este o „rugăciune liberă” în care ne rugăm ceea ce avem în inimă, spunem ceea ce ne împovărează și ne înspăimântă în acea zi sau în acel moment al vieții. În rugăciunea privată trebuie să fim onești cu Dumnezeu și cu noi înșine. Exprimă-ți inima Tatălui tău. El deja o știe, dar vrea să o audă de la tine. Acesta este un privilegiu de negrăit!

Dar pentru Dumnezeu, rugăciunea nu este doar un loc unde noi ne divulgăm inima, ci un loc unde ne și dezvoltăm dorințele. Acolo găsești puterea. Rugăciunea ne schimbă inimile ca nimic altceva. Poate în mod special când urmărim rugăciunile din Biblie, din Psalmi sau cele ale apostolului (ca în Efeseni1:17-21; 3:16-19; Filipeni 1:9-11; Coloseni 1:9-12) și multe altele ca exemple pentru a ne  modela și a ne exprima dorințele în fața lui Dumnezeu.

    5. Fă-o să fie mereu una nouă

Schimbă-ți rugăciunea cu ocazia Noului An sau a unei luni noi, a unui nou sezon din viața ta. Regular sau cu anumite ocazii, scrie anumite rugăciuni cu grijă (o fațetă de mare valoare a disciplinei păstrării unui jurmal), întârește-ți afecțiunile în rugăciune prin post sau ia o pauză din haosul vieții și retrage-te în liniște și singurătate.

Puține lucruri sunt cele care merită atenția și investiția noastră precum privilegiul și puterea rugăciunii private.

David Mathis desiringGod.org – Traducere Resurse Crestine

Tope Koleoso – Spiritual Warfare from the Desiring God Pastor’s Conference

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Spiritual Warfare

from David Mathis at Desiring God – http://www.desiringgod.org
If you think spiritual warfare is irrelevant to you, you may already be losing the battle… At least you’re ripe for Satan’s picking.

Demons have a notorious way of acclimatizing to where they are, warns Tope Koleoso, pastor of Jubilee Church in London. And in secular Western society, this means playing right into our neglect and diminishing of the supernatural.

But Ephesians 6, and the rest of the Scriptures, would have us stay aware of the unseen realm, and remember that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against . . . the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). It is not Christian to suppress the supernatural.

Read more here – http://www.desiringgod.org
Subscribe to Theology Refresh in iTunes and watch more podcasts from pastors such as David Platt, D.A. Carson, John Piper, Russell Moore, and more. You can also read Tope Koleoso’s story – Light for a Dark World: The Story of Tope Koleoso from Tony Reinke at Desiring God here- http://www.desiringgod.org

John Piper despre vizita in Romania – John Piper talks about his trip to Romania

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Read the English version at the bottom half of this post. Special edition „Desiring God behind the blog”.  David Mathis with John Piper via http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/behind-the-blog-with-john-piper

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In Limba Romana:

English:

David Mathis: John is freshly back from a month of travels in the month of May. We are recording this on Wednesday, May 30th. He has just returned from being in Louisville at the Gospel Coalition meetings and he was in Europe for the earlier part of the month. So, John, you first went to Romania. Can you give us any highlights from that time in Romania, in Bucharest?

John Piper: Yeah, Bucharest, not Budapest. Don’t make the mistake that Michael Jackson did, when he stood up in front of thousands of people and said, „I love Budapest”, and everybody groaned,… the wrong place, so, I tried not to make that mistake. It was wonderful. Each of these stops was wonderful. To meet the friends who love God’s sovereignty. You know, I make these travels because I exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things, so, to have 750 younger and older people from Baptist, Brethren and Pentecostal, that’s the Alliance of Evangelicals there; that they can get together and talk about „God is the Gospel”, made me fall in love with that glorious truth all over again and to see among them a significant percentage of younger pastors, who you would  put in this category of young, restless, reformed types, I suppose, who love the Gospel, love mission, love church planting, and love God’s supremacy in the way He saves sinners, and so they were eager to hear more about that.

The highlight probably was the last night in, I think it’s called „The Palace Hall”, where Ceausescu, the dictator, has given his speeches of deification and stood before 4,500 communists to say, „We’re great in our communism”, then have him fall precipitously in December of 1989, swept away by a crowd of people, who pushed into the place where he was giving the speech; helicopters out, the pilot conspiring landed in a place he didn’t want to land, he’s arrested five days later, they shoot him in the head and he’s dead and communism is over. And, what was so moving is that the older people there could remember seeing that hall filled with communists, clapping in their rhythmical way, to say „Yes” to this dictator and to have me stand there, in the very place where he stood and have the place filled 20 minutes early with 4,500 people. Another 500, probably standing in the aisles, standing in the halls, just to hear a Christian pastor talk about „Don’t waste your life”.

So, I got shivers standing there, thinking, „This is just emblematic of what God does. He raises up kings, He puts down kings, He advances His gospel”. We should be encouraged , I think, about what’s happening in eastern Europe and pray that God would breathe on it, that in that dominantly orthodox land, the Gospel of free grace with the exaltation of Jesus Christ in His finished work would spread mightily.

Then Piper continues talking about his stop in Geneva, Switzerland and Hamburg, Germany. You can listen to the audio here – http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/behind-the-blog-with-john-piper

Christians and Halloween via David Mathis Desiring God

You can read entire article here at DesiringGod.org
What if a crisp October wind blew through “the way we’ve always done things” at Halloween? What if the Spirit stirred in us a new perspective on October 31? What if dads led their households in a fresh approach to Halloween as Christians on mission?
What if spreading a passion for God’s supremacy in all things included Halloween—that amalgamation of wickedness now the second-largest commercial holiday in the West?
Loving Others and Extending Grace
What if we didn’t think of ourselves as “in the world, but not of it,” but rather, as Jesus says in John 17, “not of the world, but sent into it”?
And what if that led us to move beyond our squabbles about whether or not we’re free to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve, and the main issue became whether our enjoyment of Jesus and his victory over Satan and the powers of darkness might incline us to think less about our private enjoyments and more about how we might love others? What if we took Halloween captive—along with “every thought” (2 Corinthians 10:5)—as an opportunity for gospel advance and bringing true joy to the unbelieving?
And what if those of us taking this fresh approach to Halloween recognized that Christians hold a variety of views about Halloween, and we gave grace to those who see the day differently than we do?
Without Naiveté or Retreat
What if we didn’t merely go with the societal flow and unwittingly float with the cultural tide into and out of yet another Halloween? What if we didn’t observe the day with the same naïveté as our unbelieving neighbors and coworkers?
And what if we didn’t overreact to such nonchalance by simply withdrawing? What if Halloween wasn’t a night when Christians retreated in disapproval, but an occasion for storming the gates of hell?
The Gospel Trick
What if we ran Halloween through the grid of the gospel and pondered whether there might be a third path beyond naïveté and retreat? What if we took the perspective that all of life, Halloween included, is an opportunity for gospel advance? What if we saw Halloween not as a retreat but as a kind of gospel trick—an occasion to extend Christ’s cause on precisely the night when Satan may feel his strongest?
What if we took to the offensive on Halloween? Isn’t this how our God loves to show himself mighty? Just when the devil has a good head of steam, God, like a skilled ninja, uses the adversary’s body weight against him. It’s Satan’s own inertia that drives the stake into his heart. Just like the cross. It’s a kind of divine “trick”: Precisely when the demonic community thinks for sure they have Jesus cornered, he delivers the deathblow. Wasn’t it a Halloween-like gathering of darkness and demonic festival at Golgotha, the place of the Skull, when the God-man “disarmed the powers and authorities [and] made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them” at the cross (Colossians 2:15)?

Ary Scheffer: The Temptation of Christ, 1854

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Marching on Hell
What if we were reminded that Jesus, our invincible hero, will soon crush Satan under our feet (Romans 16:20)? What if we really believed deep down that our Jesus has promised with absolute certainty, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). What if we realized that the gates-of-hell thing isn’t a picture of a defensive church straining to hold back the progressing Satanic legions, but rather an offensive church, on the move, advancing against the cowering, cornered kingdom of darkness? What if the church is the side building the siegeworks? What if the church is marching forward, and Jesus is leading his church on an aggressive campaign against the stationary and soon-to-collapse gates of hell? What if we didn’t let Halloween convince us for a minute that it’s otherwise?
What if Ephesians 6:12 reminded us that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic power over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places”? What if we remembered that it’s not our increasingly post-Christian society’s Halloween revelers who are our enemies, but that our real adversary is the one who has blinded them, and that we spite Satan as we rescue unbelievers with the word of the cross?
Resisting the Devil
What posture would Jesus have us take when we are told that our “adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8)? Naïveté? Retreat? Rather: “Resist him, firm in your faith” (verse 9). What if we had the gospel gall to trust Jesus for this promise: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)? And what if resistance meant not only holding our ground, but taking his?
What if we hallowed Jesus at Halloween by pursuing gospel advance and going lovingly on the attack? What if, like Martin Luther, we didn’t cower in fear, but saw October 31 as a chance to serve notice to the threshold of evil? What if we didn’t turn out our lights as if hiding, but went pumpkin-smashing on the very doorstep of the King of Darkness himself?
Orienting on Others
What if we saw October 31 not merely as an occasion for asking self-oriented questions about our participation (whether we should or shouldn’t dress the kids up or carve pumpkins), but for pursuing others-oriented acts of love? What if we capitalized on the opportunity to take a step forward in an ongoing process of witnessing to our neighbors, co-workers, and extended families about who Jesus is and what he accomplished at Calvary for the wicked like us?
What if we resolved not to join the darkness by keeping our porch lights off? What if we didn’t deadbolt our doors, but handed out the best treats in the neighborhood as a faint echo of the kind of grace our Father extends to us sinners?
Giving the Good Candy
What if thinking evangelistically about Halloween didn’t mean just dropping tracts into children’s bags, but the good candy—and seeing the evening as an opportunity to cultivate relationships with the unbelieving as part of an ongoing process in which we plainly identify with Jesus, get to know them well, and personally speak the good news of our Savior into their lives?
And what if we made sure to keep reminding ourselves that our supreme treasure isn’t our subjective zeal for the mission, but our Jesus and his objective accomplishment for us?
The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
– Jesus in Matthew 9:37–38

DG National Conference 2011 Speaker Panel: David Platt, Michael Ramsden, Michael Oh, Ed Stetzer, John Piper

Desiring God 2011 National Conference

Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples

September 24, 2011 | by David Platt, Ed Stetzer, John Piper, Michael Oh, Michael Ramsden, and David Mathis

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