Calvin: Six Ways Prayer Grows Us

In the Institutes, Calvin suggests six ways prayer
contributes to our growth in Christ:

1. It inflames our hearts with the desire to seek, love, and serve God;

2. It trains us to expose the secrets and desires of our hearts to God;

3. It promotes gratitude;

4. It leads to meditation on God’s kindness as a result of His having answered our prayers;

5. It produces even greater joy in those things that we have obtained through prayer; and

6. Finally, it serves as a personal confirmation of God’s providence.

-John Calvin, Institutes, 3.20.3.

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