Greetings from the Desiring God 2011 conference for pastors. This year, thanks to a most generous OGC benefactor, I traveled with a friend, Jack Jenkins, pastor of Faith Baptist, Orlando. Thank God for a peer to compare notes on such a strategic theme as prayer in the life of God’s man.
God as done so much already. Consider this sample of quotes:
We’re a room full of ordinary jars of clay. Sam Storms
One of the ways we will be most relevant to the world is by not being like it. Mark Dever
If some sermons had the small pox, the text would never catch it. Mark Dever (Think about it.)
All the things we care about the most are impossible. John Piper (Ain’t that the truth?)
Whenever you lack the impulse to pray, then pray. Joel Beeke (keynote)
American culture is the hardest in the history of humanity for praying. Paul Miller
Helplessness is one of the biggest secrets to prayer. You can’t live life on your own. Paul Miller
You can be so focused on the work of God that you neglect the person of God. Francis Chan
Prayer differentiates us from the rest of the world. Our God listens to us. Francis Chan
Do people see you as someone who just can’t get enough of God? Francis Chan
My peoples’ greatest need is my personal holiness. Robert Murray M’cheyne (biography by John Piper)
Tomorrow we hear from Jerry Rankin on prayer and missions (buckle your seat belt) and then the panel Q&A. The Lord and weather permitting we fly out of MSP at 3 PM, local time.
What a rich privilege to attend yet another DG conference on this the 25th anniversary of the publishing of John Piper’s seminal work, Desiring God, the book that put me on the road toward a God-entranced vision of all things (if you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for?). I got so excited at one point this afternoon I shouted Hallelujah in the session – from what I could tell the only one out of 1700 hundred in attendance. Not sure why no one else was similarly moved, but no matter. When I get back home, ask me about it. I’ll be glad to tell you what moved me so.
Oh to experience an abiding with God that amounts to a walk in love that leaves the stamp of God on the work of God through a man of God.