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Many questions come to our minds when we think on the subject of prayer. Such things as: why is prayer necessary for the Christian? For what may we pray? To whom do we pray? And what is the proper attitude of prayer?

First then, prayer is necessary for the Christian because it is the chief part of thankfulness which God requires of us and also, because God will give His grace and Holy Spirit to those only, who with sincere desires continually ask them of Him and are thankful for them. We may pray for all things necessary for soul and body which Christ our Lord has commanded us and promised us in His Work. We pray from the heart to the one true God only, Who hath manifested Himself in His Word for all Things He hath commanded us to ask of Him. The proper attitude in prayer is that we rightly and thoroughly know our need and misery, so that we may deeply humble ourselves in the presence of His divine majesty. Our purpose to pray should be chiefly to glorify our Father which is in heaven. Not in our works, not in our sacrifices and offerings, but in our speech, in the word of our mouth, particularly in our prayers, it is that God is glorified the most. Prayer is an expression which lives in the believer’s heart by grace. So often we pray for earthly things because we are so carnal. It is necessary, therefore, that we always compare our prayers with the most perfect prayer which the Lord taught us to pray. Let us all strive to pray without ceasing.

The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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