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“The reason why we obtain no more in prayer is because we expect no more. God usually answers us according to our own hearts.”

Richard Alleine

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“The devil is aware that one hour of close fellowship, hearty converse with God in prayer, is able to pull down what he hath been contriving and building many a year.”

Flavel

“To strive in prayer means to struggle through those hindrances which would restrain or even prevent us entirely from continuing in persevering prayer. It means to be so watchful at all times that we can notice when we become slothful in prayer and that we go to the Spirit of prayer to have this remedied. In this struggle, too, the decisive factor is the Spirit of prayer.”

O. Hallesby

The Wedding Prayer

Create in us a love, O Lord.
An eternal love …
Your love.
A love that forgives
any failure,
spans
any distance,
withstands
any tempest.
Create in us a love, O Lord.
A new love.
A fresh love.
A love with the tenderness
of a lamb,
the grandeur
of a mountain,
the strength
of a lion.
And make us one. Intimately one.
As you made a hundred colors into one sunset,
A thousand cedars into one forest,
and countless stars into one galaxy …
make our two hearts as
one,
Father, forever …
that you may be praised, Father,
forever.

From Shaped by God (original title: On the Anvil)
Copyright (Tyndale House, 1985, 2002) Max Lucado

There seems to be an endless number of great quotes in Dietrich Bonhoeffer‘s  The Cost of Discipleship. Here is another gem…

If our hearts are entirely given to God, it is clear that we cannot serve two masters; it is simple impossible–at any rate all the time we are following Christ (176)

“No one’s a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil; not that he practices it, but he suffers from it.”

Guy H. King

Today, I clicked the “Like” button for the Facebook page, Praying. Here are the opening statements…

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Prayer is a form of religious practice that seeks to activate a volitional rapport to God or spirit through deliberate practice. Prayer may be either individual or communal and take place in public or in private. It may involve the use of words or song. When language is used, prayer may take the form of a hymn, incantation, formal creed, or a spontaneous utterance in the praying person. There are different forms of prayer such as petitionary prayer, prayers of supplication, thanksgiving, and worship/praise. Prayer may be directed towards a deity, spirit, deceased person, or lofty idea, for the purpose of worshipping, requesting guidance, requesting assistance, confessing sins or to express one’s thoughts and emotions. Thus, people pray for many reasons such as personal benefit or for the sake of others.

Most major religions involve prayer in one way or another. Some ritualize the act of prayer, requiring a strict sequence of actions or placing a restriction on who is permitted to pray, while others teach that prayer may be practiced spontaneously by anyone at any time.

Scientific studies regarding the use of prayer have mostly concentrated on its effect on the healing of sick or injured people. The efficacy of petition in prayer for physical healing to a deity has been evaluated in numerous studies, with contradictory results. There has been some criticism of the way the studies were conducted

Satan cannot deny but that great wonders have been wrought by prayer. As the spirit of prayer goes up, so his kingdom goes down. Satan’s strategems against prayer are three. First, if he can, he will keep thee from prayer. If that be not feasible, secondly, he will strive to interrupt thee in prayer. And, thirdly, if that plot takes not, he will labour to hinder the success of thy prayer.

William Gurnall

God shapes the world by prayer.  The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil…

E.M.Bounds

This is our great prayer, and we crown it with this: Come Lord Jesus, come, and do not wait! Come in the fullness of Your power and splendor of Your glory! Come quickly. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20)

(Charles Spurgeon, Prayer & Spiritual Warfare, 190).

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