Prayer is serious business because the one to whom we offer our prayers is the supreme king, king of kings and Lord of Lords. Had we the chance to meet the President of the United States, we would choose our words very carefully. How much more with God? Thus, Calvin’s first rule for prayer cautioned against giddiness and flippancy. His second rule which we take up here is,
that in asking we must always truly feel our wants, and seriously considering that we need all the things which we ask, accompany the prayer with a sincere, nay, ardent desire of obtaining them.
In other words, there is to be a genuine sense of need in our hearts for the things we ask for. Whereas the first rule warns against flippancy, this second rule warns against formality. Calvin offers the example … Read More »