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843587_30393639The moment I finish eating, the dog leaves. Her companionship last as long as the sandwich.

So too our prayer life is often one of chasing gifts, not the Giver. Then forgetting God once we have eaten and become satisfied.

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Resource: This sermon, by Terry Virgo, will likely change how you view prayer. If it does not change you, it will refresh your commitment to prayer.

John Piper pointed me to the sermon via twitter: “I have just watched a sermon on prayer by Terry Virgo that will alter my year. I recommend it.”

I’ve listened to it twice today now. It is indeed a year-altering message from God’s word.

Watch the video or download the audio by clicking here. Note: video is in two parts, so be sure to click the link to the second video after finishing the first. Total running time for audio/video:  52 minutes.

If you are desperate for a powerful prayer life, and hungry for further teaching, here is another sermon worth listening to, by Piper.

I pray the Spirit teaches you through these men, kindling a passion for God and coming to Him in prayer.

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328960_2898Resource: The Fighter Verses, as used by Bethlehem Baptist Church (where Piper pastors), are 5 sets of verses. One set per year. Four verses a month. The goal is to memorize one verse a week, so that our sword stays sharp in fighting sin and treasuring Christ.

Excerpt (from linked website): “Fighter Verses are short passages of Scripture which we as a church have chosen to memorize each week. The Scripture, day after day, reveals to us the greatness of all that God is for us in Christ so that by the power of the Spirit we find our joy in him and the ways of sin become distasteful — indeed ugly and repugnant.”

From the Children Desiring God website: “The Fighter Verses memory system (available in ESV or NIV) was created to help believers persevere in the fight of faith by arming them with God’s Word. Designed for preschool children through adults, this system allows individuals, groups, or entire churches to memorize and review at their own pace. Bethlehem Baptist uses this as a church-wide memory system with hundreds of adults and children committed to memorize one passage per week throughout the year. We invite you to join us!”

Click here to go download the verse sheet pdfs

Click here to buy the full memory system from Children Desiring God on their website.

Related posts:

An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture

18 Tricks to Memorize More Scripture

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Here are a few videos, John Piper related. I highly recommend each, as they are short yet powerful.

What is your retirement dream? Advice you won’t regret hearing:

The reason why we need to be part of a small group meeting purposefully:

God is dangerous apart from Jesus Christ:

We need the gospel every day:

A song the builds powerfully, with Piper preaching at the end:

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