How to Stop Praying the Same Old Things

How to Stop Praying the Same Old Things

“Empty phrases” are ruinous in any area of spirituality, but especially in prayer. Jesus warned, “But when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words” (Matthew 6:7). Such “empty phrases” can result from insincerity or repetition. That is, we

Six Reasons to Pray the Bible


Why pray the Bible? 1. You’ll pray biblically-saturated, biblically-shaped prayers. This means you’ll have greater assurance that you’re praying the will of God. The Bible makes plain (in 1 John 5:14-15 specifically) that we must pray according to the will of God if we expect him to answer. Can you have any greater assurance that

Join Me in Praying the Bible


      I am thrilled to announce two important items: 1. Now available! The book I’ve long wanted to write: Praying the Bible. 2. A free, five-part video series from Crossway where I illustrate how to pray the Bible.   The book: Does your prayer life seem boring? Do you have a hard time consistently communing with

How I Started Praying the Bible

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It was the first of March, 1985. I remember where I was sitting when it happened. I was pastor of a church in the western suburbs of Chicago. A guest preacher was speaking at a series of meetings at our church. He was teaching on the prayers of the apostle Paul found in his New

Remember, Every Spiritual Discipline Is About Jesus

Remember, It's About Jesus

Why pray when it appears that your prayers go unanswered? Why keep on reading the Bible when it seems like you’re getting little from it? Why continue worshiping God privately when you feel no spiritual refreshment? Why persist in keeping a journal when writing your entries bores you? Why engage in fasting, silence and solitude,

Do All to the Glory of God

Do all to the glory of God

The unifying principle for all of life, including our spirituality, is found in 1 Corinthians 10:31—“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” This is the sun around which every spiritual practice, every decision, every prayer, and everything else—including our efforts at simplifying—should revolve. Concern for

Salvation Doesn’t Remove Any of our Humanity from Living the Christian Life.

Let Go and Let God

When we’re born again from above by the Spirit of God, the Lord makes us “a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17). Indeed, “The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (v. 18). But in doing so He does not eliminate our minds, our bodies, our emotions, our will or anything that’s a part

Video–“How to Do Family Worship”

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In this four-minute video, Don Whitney explains how to do family worship. Don has written a small (64-page) book on Family Worship. Ordering information for individual or multiple copies if available in the website store.

Video—Unboxing of “Praying the Bible”


Here’s a brief video from Monday (June 15, 2015), when I unboxed my new book, Praying the Bible, published by Crossway. I did so at the Southern Seminary booth during the Southern Baptist Convention in Columbus, Ohio. In this video I display the book and give a short summary of its contents. Until the end of

No secret key to living the Christian life

No secret key to living the Christian life

Ever read a book or heard a sermon about the key to living the Christian life? Typically, as the story goes, the author/preacher struggled for years in living for Christ. He or she was an earnest, devoted follower of Jesus, but never seemed to make much progress in Christlikeness. Then one day, someone gives them