For John Calvin, prayer cannot be accomplished without discipline. He writes, “Unless we fix certain hours in the day for prayer, it easily slips from our memory.” He goes on to prescribe several rules to guide believers in offering effectual, fervent prayer.
1. The first rule is a heartfelt sense of reverence.
2. The second rule is a heartfelt sense of need and repentance.
3. The third rule is a heartfelt sense of humility and trust in God.
4. The final rule is to have a heartfelt sense of confident hope.
An excerpt from Joel Beeke’s contribution in John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology.
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