Prayer is an impossible task without the Holy Spirit. We know nought what we should pray for as ought, but the Spirit helps your infirmities. The Spirit instructs and inspires prayer, gives intelligence and intensity to intercession, and brings reality and joy to communion wth God. Spirit-filled people love to pray, and prayer that is in the Spirit must prevail. (Samuel Chadwick)
Confidence that God will answer our prayers is contingent upon praying our prayers with God-given convictions.
TRAVELING ON MY KNEES
LAST NIGHT I TOOK A JOURNEY
TO A LAND ACROSS THE SEAS
I DIDN'T GO BY SHIP OR PLANE
I TRAVELED ON MY KNEES.
I SAW SO MANY PEOPLE THERE
IN BONDAGE TO THEIR SINS,
AND JESUS TOLD ME I SHOULD GO,
THAT THERE WERE SOULS TO WIN.
BUT I SAID, "JESUS, I CAN'T GO
TO LANDS ACROSS THE SEAS."
HE ANSWERED QUICKLY, "YES, YOU CAN
BY TRAVELING ON YOUR KNEES."
HE SAID, "YOU PRAY, I'LL MEET THE NEED,
YOU CALL, AND I WILL HEAR,
IT'S UP TO YOU TO BE CONCERNED
FOR LOST SOULS FAR AND NEAR."
AND SO I DID, I KNELT IN PRAYER,
GAVE UP SOME HOURS OF EASE,
AND WITH THE SAVIOR BY MY SIDE
I TRAVELED ON MY KNEES.
AS I PRAYED ON, I SAW SOULS SAVED
AND TWISTED PERSONS HEALED,
I SAW GOD'S WORKERS' STRENGTH RENEWED
WHILE LABORING ON THE FIELD.
I SAID, "YES, LORD, I'LL TAKE THE JOB,
YOUR HEART I WANT TO PLEASE,
I'LL HEED YOUR CALL AND SWIFTLY GO
BY TRAVELING ON MY KNEES.
Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers. (J. Sidlow Baxter)
The Christian should never risk shutting the windows of Heaven by his or her shortcomings in prayer.
A praying saint is God's remembrancer, ever reminding Him of His providence and promises.
Prayer pulls the rope below, and the great bell rings above in the ears of God. Some scarcely stir the bell, for they pray so languidly; others give but an occasional pluck at the rope; but he who wins with heaven is the man who grasps the rope boldly and pulls continuously, with all his might. (Charles Spurgeon)
We shouldn't grovel in the earth, but soar above it in our prayers.
It is interesting to remark how large a portion of Sacred Writ is occupied with the subject of prayer, either in furnishing examples, enforcing precepts, or pronouncing promises. We scarcely open the Bible before we read, “Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord;” and just as we are about to close the volume, the “Amen” of an earnest supplication meets our ear. Instances are plentiful. Here we find a wrestling Jacob, there a Daniel who prayed three times a day, and [elsewhere] a David who with all his heart called upon his God. On the mountain we see Elijah; in the dungeon Paul and Silas. We have multitudes of commands, and myriads of promises. What does this teach us, but the sacred importance and necessity of prayer? We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in his Word, he intended to be conspicuous in our lives. If he has said much about prayer, it is because he knows we have much need of it. (Charles Spurgeon)
You can do more than pray after you've prayed, but you can't do more than pray until you've prayed. (John Bunyan)
An instant in the divine presence is more life-changing than a lifetime of human interaction.
Excellent prayers are often prayed in the eloquence of silence.
Bible study is the exploration of God's promises. Prayer is the appropriation of God's promises.
More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. (Alfred Lord Tennyson)
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