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    Food for thought about prayer:

    "Why is there so much speaking, yet so little prayer? Why Is there

    so much running to and fro to meetings, conventions, fellowship

    gatherings and yet so little time for prayer'? Brethren, why so

    many meetings with our fellow men and so few meetings with

    God?" - Andrew Bonar


    "The neglect of prayer is a grand hindrance to holiness."

    - John Wesley


    "One of the special marks of the Holy Ghost in the Apostolic

    Church was the spirit of boldness. One of the most essential

    qualities of faith that is to attempt great things for God and expect

    great things from God, is holy audacity."

    - A. B. Simpson


    "Some years ago in China, at a meeting of missionaries and

    Chinese pastors, one of the Chinese pastors made a striking

    address. He said that he and his brethren were more than grateful

    to those who brought them the word of life and the gospel of the

    Lord Jesus Christ, but yet, he said, there was one thing more

    which missionaries should teach their spiritual children. This new

    thing was to pray with authority, so that they might know how to

    take their stand in faith before the throne and rebuke the forces of

    evil, holding steady and firm, and gain the victory over them. That

    same need is tremendously evident today in the experiences of

    all that are seeking to walk closely with the Lord, and to stand for

    Him in the face of increasing opposition. Some have spoken of

    this as `throne prayer´- praying with one's hand touching the

    throne of God." - T. Stanley Soltau


    "It is very much easier to work than to pray. Most of the

    missionaries are earnest workers. But are we all that we should

    be in the matter of prayer? Let us not suppose that just any sort

    of praying will do for China. We must all wrestle with God. `I will

    not let Thee go unless Thou bless China.´" - Griffith John


    "He who has no vision of ETERNITY will never get a true hold of

    TIME." - T. Carlyle


    "The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly

    thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos; the

    church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and

    sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil

    bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping

    wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own

    strength and forgets to watch and pray." - A. W. Tozer


    "We have not been men of prayer. The spirit of prayer has

    slumbered among us. The closet has been too little frequented

    and delighted in. We have allowed business, study or active labor

    to interfere with our closet-hours. And the feverish atmosphere in

    which both the church and the nation are enveloped has found its

    way into our prayer closets..." - Andrew Bonar


    "If I am concerned that my flock be men and women of prayer,

    then, as their pastor, I must lead the way; apathy in me will

    produce apathy in them. The church prayer meeting ought to be

    the best attended in the week, and if it is, success will follow the

    ministry of the Word at the weekends. I would rather a thousand

    times set men and women to pray than teach them to preach."

    - J. D. Drysdale


    "I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach."

    - J. H. Jowett


    "Oh, how few find time for prayer! There is time for everything else,

    time to sleep and time to eat, time to read the newspaper and the

    novel, time to visit friends, time for everything else under the sun,

    but - no time for prayer, the most important of all things, the one

    great essential!" - Oswald Smith

  • #2
    The Lord's Prayer

    I cannot pray "OUR," if
    my faith has no room for others and their need and if I do not serve others.

    I cannot pray "FATHER," if
    I do not honor this relationship to God in my daily living.

    I cannot pray "WHO ART IN HEAVEN," if
    all of my interests and pursuits are in earthly things.

    I cannot pray "HALLOWED BE THY NAME," if
    I do not believe that God's holiness in me will make me holy.

    I cannot pray "THY KINGDOM COME," if
    I am unwilling to submit to God's rule in my life.

    I cannot pray "THY WILL BE DONE," if
    I am unwilling or resentful of His will controlling my life.

    I cannot pray "IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN," unless
    I am truly ready to give myself to God's service here and now.

    I cannot pray "GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD," unless
    I am willing to be made broken bread
    and poured-out wine for others in Christ Jesus.

    I cannot pray "AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES
    AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US," if
    I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.

    I cannot pray "AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION," if
    I deliberately choose to remain in a situation
    where I am likely to be tempted.

    I cannot pray "BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL," if
    I am not prepared to fight with my life and my prayer.

    I cannot pray "FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM," if
    I am unwilling to obey the King.

    I cannot pray "AND THINE IS THE POWER AND THE GLORY," if
    I am seeking power and glory for myself.

    I cannot pray "FOREVER AND EVER," if
    I am anxious about each day's affairs.

    I cannot pray "AMEN," unless
    I honestly say not my will, but
    "THY WILL BE DONE." So let it be.

    13 May 2003 the old scribe

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    • #3
      Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late -- and how little revival has resulted? I believe the problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, and it simply will not work. To pray for revival while ignoring the plain precept laid down in Scripture is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble. Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience.
      ... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

      The more intimately I know God the more I feel what is appropriate or inappropriate for me in this relationship. Here are some things I have learned that He expects of me.

      I can do most things at another time rather than right now, but listening to God can only be done in the present.

      Only when I am humble and give thanks to God for the little and common things of daily life and for the things which bring pain and suffering does He accept my gratitude.

      The greater my trust in God the fewer are the requests I make in prayer.

      No thing, nothing is given, but every provision is in the Lord.
      The Holy Ghost in me is the answer to all my prayers.

      I stop just now to tell myself, "What a wondrous and unfathomable privileged it is to speak and have God the Father Almighty Creator of heaven and earth . . . hear me!

      20 May 2003 the old scribe

      We have taught our people to use prayer too much as a means of comfort -- not in the original and heroic sense of uplifting, inspiring, strengthening, but in the more modern and baser sense of soothing sorrow, dulling pain, and drying tears -- the comfort of the cushion, not the comfort of the Cross.
      ... G. A. Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929)


      As a child of God, prayer is kind of like calling home everyday.

      19 October 2003 the old scribe

      Beware in your prayer, above everything, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. . . . Andrew Murray

      The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor. The one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything.

      Remember the knee that bends don't shake.
      Dr. P. L. Williams

      Powerful worded prayers must be composed in the absolute certainty by the one offering the prayer that God is listening intently to every word and to every inflection, and God is examining the petitioner’s heart and attitude. 28 January 2006 the old scribe

      Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing
      God's gift of himself.
      ... Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

      Our union with God –
      his presence with us, in which our aloneness is banished and the meaning and full purpose of human existence is realized –
      consists chiefly in a conversational relationship with God
      while we are each consistently and deeply engaged as his friend and co laborer in the affairs of the kingdom of the heavens.
      ... Dallas Willard, Hearing God [1999], p. 56

      The purifying worth of prayer consists in the increasing contrast which it sets up between the holy God and the creature; subordinating that creature’s fugitive activities and desires to the standard set by this solemn apprehension of Reality.
      ... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941)

      You can read all the manuals on prayer and listen to other people pray, but until you begin to pray yourself you will never understand prayer. It's like riding a bicycle or swimming: You learn by doing.
      .. Luis Palau (1934- )


      Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and your heart has turned to stone.
      ... Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

      We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another. ... William Law (1686-1761)

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      • #4
        Prayer for the Difficult Road

        I asked the Lord to bless you
        As I prayed for you today
        To guide you and protect you
        As you go along your way....
        His love is always with you
        His promises are true,
        And when we give Him all our cares
        You know He will see us through
        So when the road you're traveling on
        Seems difficult at best
        Just remember I'm here praying
        And God will do the rest.

        30 December 2007 the old scribe

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        • #5
          Originally posted by glen smith View Post
          The Lord's Prayer

          I cannot pray "OUR," if
          my faith has no room for others and their need and if I do not serve others.

          I cannot pray "FATHER," if
          I do not honor this relationship to God in my daily living.

          I cannot pray "WHO ART IN HEAVEN," if
          all of my interests and pursuits are in earthly things.

          I cannot pray "HALLOWED BE THY NAME," if
          I do not believe that God's holiness in me will make me holy.

          I cannot pray "THY KINGDOM COME," if
          I am unwilling to submit to God's rule in my life.

          I cannot pray "THY WILL BE DONE," if
          I am unwilling or resentful of His will controlling my life.

          I cannot pray "IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN," unless
          I am truly ready to give myself to God's service here and now.

          I cannot pray "GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD," unless
          I am willing to be made broken bread
          and poured-out wine for others in Christ Jesus.

          I cannot pray "AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES
          AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US," if
          I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.

          I cannot pray "AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION," if
          I deliberately choose to remain in a situation
          where I am likely to be tempted.

          I cannot pray "BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL," if
          I am not prepared to fight with my life and my prayer.

          I cannot pray "FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM," if
          I am unwilling to obey the King.

          I cannot pray "AND THINE IS THE POWER AND THE GLORY," if
          I am seeking power and glory for myself.

          I cannot pray "FOREVER AND EVER," if
          I am anxious about each day's affairs.

          I cannot pray "AMEN," unless
          I honestly say not my will, but
          "THY WILL BE DONE." So let it be.

          13 May 2003 the old scribe
          Thanks Glen.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by glen smith View Post
            Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late -- and how little revival has resulted? I believe the problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, and it simply will not work. To pray for revival while ignoring the plain precept laid down in Scripture is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble. Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience.
            ... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

            The more intimately I know God the more I feel what is appropriate or inappropriate for me in this relationship. Here are some things I have learned that He expects of me.

            I can do most things at another time rather than right now, but listening to God can only be done in the present.

            Only when I am humble and give thanks to God for the little and common things of daily life and for the things which bring pain and suffering does He accept my gratitude.

            The greater my trust in God the fewer are the requests I make in prayer.

            No thing, nothing is given, but every provision is in the Lord.
            The Holy Ghost in me is the answer to all my prayers.

            I stop just now to tell myself, "What a wondrous and unfathomable privileged it is to speak and have God the Father Almighty Creator of heaven and earth . . . hear me!

            20 May 2003 the old scribe

            We have taught our people to use prayer too much as a means of comfort -- not in the original and heroic sense of uplifting, inspiring, strengthening, but in the more modern and baser sense of soothing sorrow, dulling pain, and drying tears -- the comfort of the cushion, not the comfort of the Cross.
            ... G. A. Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929)


            As a child of God, prayer is kind of like calling home everyday.

            19 October 2003 the old scribe

            Beware in your prayer, above everything, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. . . . Andrew Murray

            The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor. The one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything.

            Remember the knee that bends don't shake.
            Dr. P. L. Williams

            Powerful worded prayers must be composed in the absolute certainty by the one offering the prayer that God is listening intently to every word and to every inflection, and God is examining the petitioner’s heart and attitude. 28 January 2006 the old scribe

            Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing
            God's gift of himself.
            ... Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

            Our union with God –
            his presence with us, in which our aloneness is banished and the meaning and full purpose of human existence is realized –
            consists chiefly in a conversational relationship with God
            while we are each consistently and deeply engaged as his friend and co laborer in the affairs of the kingdom of the heavens.
            ... Dallas Willard, Hearing God [1999], p. 56

            The purifying worth of prayer consists in the increasing contrast which it sets up between the holy God and the creature; subordinating that creature’s fugitive activities and desires to the standard set by this solemn apprehension of Reality.
            ... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941)

            You can read all the manuals on prayer and listen to other people pray, but until you begin to pray yourself you will never understand prayer. It's like riding a bicycle or swimming: You learn by doing.
            .. Luis Palau (1934- )


            Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and your heart has turned to stone.
            ... Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

            We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another. ... William Law (1686-1761)
            Glen quoted Andrew Murray:

            Beware in your prayer, above everything, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. . . . Andrew Murray

            The way in which God answers my prayers are almost always a total surprise. Usually His answer had not even entered my mind as a possibility.

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