Christadelphian Tidings MagazineAug 29, 2023
"Abba! Father!", by Duncan Kenzie
The phrase “Abba! Father!” is unique and familiar to us. But what does it mean? And how is it used in Scripture? And how can our understanding of the phrase enrich our prayer life?
It occurs only three times in Scripture, once by Jesus (Mark 14:36) in the Garden of Gethsemane, and twice by Paul (Rom 8:15, Gal 4:6). It’s a strange expression because it is a combination of two languages—Aramaic (Abba) and Greek (Father = o pater).
"The Apostle Paul: Praying On Behalf Of Others", by Shawn Moynihan
When one reads the Apostle Paul’s letters, one is struck by how often he prays for others. He is devoted to praying on others’ behalf. Paul is also firmly convinced that he needs others to pray for him. At least eight times, Paul asks others to pray for him (Rom 15:30-32; 2 Cor 1:10-11; Eph 6:18-20; Phil 1:19; Col 4:2-4; 1 Thess 5:25; 2 Thess 3:1-2; Phm 1:22).
Paul’s teaching about prayer is based on the fundamental principle that praying for others is important and purposeful, for both the one praying and the one being prayed for:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Tim 2:1-4 ESV).
To pray on behalf of others is to do a good thing that pleases God, impacting both the one praying and the one being prayed for.
"Jesus and His Prayers", by Shane Kirkwood
In Mark 1, we see the eager crowd had waited until sundown at the end of the Sabbath, and now they were at the door of the house, desperately seeking healing for themselves or a loved one. We are told, “and he healed many.” (v. 34).
But what of the others? For there were more; there would always be more! What to do?
"The Lord Be With Your Spirit", by Darren Tappouras
Jesus' prayers, mainly on behalf of his brothers and sisters, were for spiritual blessings and insights about Inner Being transformation. Some time ago, I spent time carefully analyzing the prayer objectives of the Apostle Paul as narrated in his epistles or recorded of him in the Book of Acts. I created a spreadsheet with all the prayers of Paul I could identify and then classified them into two groups. The first group was about physical requests. The second was prayers for the “inner man.” I then broke down each prayer and identified the different items Paul requested in columns.
From this, I could identify Paul’s prayer priority and then extract a palette of divinely inspired prayer items.
Read the full article here: https://tidings.org/magazine/the-lord-be-with-your-spirit/
Tidings October 2023 Issue
"The Six-month Prayer Challenge", by Robert Prins
Someone asked me how I would describe my ecclesia. I had to think for a moment before I came up with the right word.
“Invigorating,” I said.
It wasn’t always like that. In fact, about nine years ago, our ecclesia was anything but invigorating. Problem after problem tumbled around us. Health, mental health, and relationships were some of the urgent problems we faced. But that left us little time and energy to deal with other important issues like morale, direction, and spiritual growth.
Read the full article: https://tidings.org/magazine/six-month-prayer-challenge/
"Why Does God Encourage Us to Pray?" by Dev Ramcharan
Without a doubt, our relationship with God is the most important one in our lives. And yet, we all know that it waxes and wanes, affected by the vicissitudes of circumstance, health, and mood. As I reflect on my own relationship with the Father, who has saved me from hopelessness, it occurs to me that the quality of my prayers reflects the tone and depth of all of my relationships. There is much work to do.
"The Surpassing Power Belongs to God" by Darren Tappouras
Understanding prayer within God’s purpose will have a lot to do with what we believe is happening in God’s plan right “Now,” today.
"Strengthened With Power In Your Inner Being" by Darren Tappouras
There appears to be a discrepancy between the prayer guarantees promised by God in Scripture and our own lived-out prayer experiences. Listen as Darren helps reconcile this difference. Read by Chris Sales.
We Do Not Know What We Ought To Pray For, By Darren Tappouras
We would all like to know how to pray better.
Adam and Christ - By One Man
By James Mccann
Undisciplined Disciplined Prayer
A recording by Bro. Chris Sales of David Lloyd’s article, Undisciplined Disciplined Prayer. "Disciplined is a word that could sound rigid, or worse, robotic and heartless. That can’t be prayer! On the other hand, “undisciplined” sounds all over the place, and mostly not in a good place. That can’t be prayer, either! This article suggests undisciplined disciplined prayer can be life changing. In fact, it has changed my life."
Preface to Ethel Archard's new book, "Job's Quest"
Ethel Archard recently completed her book, "Job's Quest" and the Tidings Magazine was pleased to publish it for our community. Listen to this recording of Ethel as she reads the Preface, which lays out the overall content of her book.