Matt, Derek, and Alastair discuss the struggles and misconceptions surrounding prayer: how prayer becomes burdensome, prayer as experiencing God in a veiled way, and what petitions in prayer should we not ask for? All of this and more.


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The struggle of prayer [1:00 – 5:50]

The struggle of solitude in prayer [5:50 – 8:20]

How prayer becomes immensely burdensome [8:20 – 13:28]

Experiencing God in prayer in a veiled way [13:28 – 15:50]

The necessity and sustainability of meager prayers [15:50 – 18:52]

Intercession and petition in prayer [18:52 – 21:50]

The movements of prayer given through examples in the gospels [21:50 – 24:06]

Intercession as the highest form of love [24:06 – 27:10, 29:52]

What petitions should we not ask for? [29:52 – 37:19]

How to pray for others well when they ask for it [37:19 – 41:18]

The Collect of the Day + Live show announcement [41:18 – 43:37]


Resources mentioned:

The Possibility of Prayer: Finding Stillness with God in a Restless World
by John Starke


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Finally, as always, follow DerekAndrew, and Alastair for more tweet-sized brilliance. Thanks to Timothy Motte for his sound editing work. And thanks to The Joy Eternal for lending us their music, which everybody should download out of gratitude for their kindness.

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Posted by Caleb Wait

Caleb Wait (MATS, Westminster Seminary California) is a writer and the producer of Mere Fidelity. He and his wife Kristin have two children and live in Northern California. You can follow him on Twitter @calebwait and he invites you to email him at

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