Passionate Prayer Leading to Passionate Praise Leading to Passionate Prayer…for Others

Major General Douglas Carver gave the message in Alumni Chapel from Psalm 28. You can listen to his message here. General Carver is the Chief of Chaplains and a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Sermon from Psalm 28 about Prayer

His message centered on the military life and the moral of the service men and women being rooted in their faith in God. Gen. Carver drove home the point that if God really matters to us we will seek God in prayer as David did at the beginning of Psalm 28. The more we pray, the more our faith in God is strengthened and the more passionate we become in our worship of God. Our passionate faith in God leads us to want to praise God. If God matters to you, then you can’t help but praise His name. Finally, our praises to God lead us back to prayer. However, there is a change of perspective. This prayer is not for our own needs. Rather, we begin to pray for the needs of others.

Gen. Carver closed with the statement, “Never forget to pray for others.” When was the last time you prayed solely for others and not yourself? When was the last time you prayed a prayer like David did in Psalm 28:9 where you asked God to shepherd and carry His people forever? Does God really matter to you?

You can read my fuller treatment of Gen. Carver’s message here.

Update On Dr. Mohler’s Health

It was nice to see Dr. Mohler in chapel today as the presiding minister of the service. I noticed that there were more than a few times that he appeared as if he was going to have to leave the platform. However, he remained through the entire service. At the end, after the cameras were turned off, Dr. Mohler shared with us the results from the pathology tests on the tumor they removed. They came back 100% clear on a tumor that always become malignant without fail. The only reason his had not done so was because they discovered it early enough that it did not have time to become malignant.

Please continue to pray for Dr. Mohler as he recovers from his surgery this past Thursday (20 March 2008). Also, join with him and many others in rejoicing as the tumor was discovered before it became a problem. Father, we do ask that you be with our president, Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., as he recovers from this surgery. Let this time in his life be used for your glory.

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2 Responses to Passionate Prayer Leading to Passionate Praise Leading to Passionate Prayer…for Others

  1. Re: “When was the last time you prayed a prayer like David did in Psalm 28:9 where you asked God to shepherd and carry His people forever?”

    -Additionally, we could ask, ‘when was the last time you prayed a prayer like David did in Psalm 28:3-5 [the verses that Major General Carver skipped over] where David prayed for God’s justice against enemies?’ The fact that the idea of praying the imprecatory Psalms (or even reading them in a chapel service) is unthinkable to many Christians demonstrates how the truth of God as our Holy Lawgiver and Judged is often undermined within our churches.

    Andrew Lindsey’s last blog post..Prayer-response to Southern Seminary chapel sermons: 3/25 and 3/27/08.

  2. Andrew,

    I agree very much with you. There was also a moment that Gen. Carver said something along the lines of praying to whatever name of God you give Him that made me snap my head up from my writings.

    Having been prior service (enlisted) I think what we witnessed was military indoctrination mixed with preaching the Word. That would be why he didn’t say anything about the imprecatory aspect to the Psalm even though he did read it. If he did say anything explicitly about that from the pulpit, you may have a world crisis on your hands.

    I think he was being wise in not being explicit with all of Psalm 28 given his status as the Chief of Chaplains. Now, to skip over those in a church service on a Sunday morning just so you don’t “ruffle any feathers” is wrong.

    With that being said, I agree whole-heartedly with your comment brother.

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