About the Episode
• What is a biblical definition of prayer? What is it, and what isn’t it?
• What are some of the reasons that we struggle to pray?
• How do our desires and affections shape our prayer life, or lack of?
• In what ways do we ask God to “fund our idolatry” when we do pray?
• What role does the local church play in our public and private prayer life?
• How does Jesus’s model of prayer give us both an approach and agenda to follow when we’re struggling to pray?
About the Guest
John Onwuchekwa (MA, Dallas Theological Seminary) is a pastor at Cornerstone Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He’s the author of Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church and What if I Don’t Desire to Pray? John is also the founder of Portrait Coffee located in West End Atlanta. He and his wife, Shawndra, are the proud parents of one daughter, Ava.
WHAT IF I DON’T DESIRE TO PRAY? • If you are a Christian, then you know that prayer is important. Like eating your vegetables, you know it’s good to do—but what about times when you simply don’t want to pray? John Onwuchekwa encourages Christians to talk with their heavenly Father even when it’s hard. This short treatment on prayer will help you understand the basics of why, what, and how to pray as you worship and serve in the local church body.
About the Podcast
The Hope + Help Podcast offers interviews with seasoned biblical counseling professionals and ministry leaders on a variety of topics regarding life’s challenging problems. Listeners can expect to receive biblical wisdom as well as practical steps for facing suffering, struggling, and sin with courage and grace. Hosted by author/writer Christine M. Chappell.
Related Resources from IBCD
- The Necessity of Prayer in Counseling (Voddie Baucham)
- A Mother’s Story of Prayer and Fasting for Her Prodigal (Caroline Newheiser)
- Sanctification: How Proper Worship Changes Habitual Desires (Ernie Baker)
- Keep Yourselves from Idols (Shannon McCoy)