What Does It Mean to Pray Without Ceasing?

Episode 15 Show Notes

From the Show

Because we're already regenerated by the Holy Spirit, the old self has been put to death, has been buried with Christ in baptism, and the new self has been raised with him in newness of life, as Paul says in Romans 6. I'm no longer dead in trespasses and sin, I'm alive in Christ. This daily conversion is our response to that fact. We're no longer in the morgue. But we are still in the hospital. We can't give ourselves the new birth, but we can and must, put to death daily the deeds of the flesh and take deliberate care for the advantages of the new life that we have in Christ. You’ll never kill off every sin in this life, but you’ll die trying. The good news is for all who put their trust in Christ, his triumph over sin and death and his perfect righteousness is alone sufficient to save. We can only fight the battles because he’s already won the war. —Michael Horton​

Questions in this Episode

1. What does John the Baptist mean when he says that the Messiah would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire?

2. Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Is this just a metaphor? Or is there a literal and spiritual armor that we should be putting on?

3. What does Genesis 3:16 mean when it says that Eve’s desire will be for her husband and he shall rule over her?

4. In Romans 11 Paul warns them that if they are not faithful God will cut them off. Does this mean that Christians can lose their salvation or is Paul only talking to people who are not really Christians and already cut off from Christ?

5. What does the Bible mean when it says "to pray without ceasing"? How do we do this?

6. Galatians 5:24  says, “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” If a person hasn’t completely killed sin are they still a Christian?

Resources

5 Ways to Grow in Prayer

How to Fight Off the Devil's Desperate Attacks

5 Things to Keep in Mind as a Sinner and a Saint

How to Pray When You Don't Feel Like It

5 Ways to Kill Sin

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