He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. - Isaiah 40:11
Why does God promise reward for private prayer in Matthew 6? How can you make your daily prayer time the most enjoyable part of your day, instead of a drudgery or chore that is dry and boring? This message will help you actually look forward to your prayer time each day, and come away closer to God.
If you don't have time for whole sermon, I recommend starting at the 25-minute mark. I found the most helpful parts from that point on.
The fact that someone is laboring and striving does not mean that person is being legalistic. If you were starving, and the food of life were in a locked container, and Christ died to open the container, you would not be a legalist if you walked five miles to get it. You wouldn't say, "He has secured it for me so I don’t need to put forth effort. I will just wait till the food spontaneously falls into my mouth.”
How would you naturally finish this sentence: “God already knows what you need before you ask him, therefore ____.” The way Jesus fills in that blank is surprising. And it gives us great insight into how to pray in a way that truly communes with God, rather than just saying dry words. What kinds of things can you do to cause God to be more inclined to answer your prayers? And what can you do to disincline him? You may find the answers surprising.This message will provide you with principles that will deepen and enrich your prayer life—and your marriage and other important relationships as well (especially if you’re a man).
If you start listening at the 48-minute mark, you will get what I found to be most helpful in this sermon. It's about how to have intimacy with God in prayer by understanding the difference between calling your father and calling room service.
Piper tells the story of a man he was watching who was carrying a piece of trash. The man looked left and right, then through the trash over a wall. Piper asks, "When he looked left and right, why didn't he also look up?"
This sermon will help you care more about the fact that God sees your behavior, helping you walk in obedience. I found the sermon helpful.
Hebrews 13:3 says we are to pray for those in prison as if we ourselves were in prison with them. Recently the Chinese government detained an evangelical pastor and 100 people in his congregation. He gave a friend a letter to publish if he disappeared. The letter is moving. Read it here.