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Being personally pro-life but otherwise passive is a cowardly and shameful position!

(John Ensor, Innocent Blood, 42)

Let us pray for our nation and that abortion will soon be outlawed!

The fruit
and the purpose
of prayer
to be oned with
and like
in all things.

JULIAN OF NORWICH, Meditations with Julian of Norwich

To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing!

~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

How often have we prayed something like, “O Lord, be with cousin Billy now in a special way”? Have we stopped to consider what it is we’re requesting? Imagine that you are a parent who is preparing to leave your children with a babysitter. Would you dream of saying, “O Betsy, I ask you now that you would be with my children in a special way?”

No way. You would say, “Betsy, the kids need to be in bed by 9 pm. They can have one snack before their baths, and please make sure they finish their homework. You can reach us at this number if there’s any problem. Any questions before we go?” We are very specific with our requests and instructions for our babysitters. We want them to know specifics. It should be no different with prayer.

~David Jeremiah

Prayer and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Spiritual Resources for use in celebrating the life of the civil rights leader

From Coretta Scott King:

Prayer was a wellspring of strength and inspiration during the Civil Rights Movement. Throughout the movement, we prayed for greater human understanding. We prayed for

the safety of our compatriots in the freedom struggle. We prayed for victory in our nonviolent protests, for brotherhood and sisterhood among people of all races, for reconciliation and the fulfillment of the Beloved Community.

For my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. prayer was a daily source of courage and strength that gave him the ability to carry on in even the darkest hours of our struggle.

I remember one very difficult day when he came home bone-weary from the stress that came with his leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In the middle of that night, he was awakened by a threatening and abusive phone call, one of many we received throughout the movement. On this particular occasion, however, Martin had had enough.

After the call, he got up from bed and made himself some coffee. He began to worry about his family, and all of the burdens that came with our movement weighed heavily on his soul. With his head in his hands, Martin bowed over the kitchen table and prayed aloud to God: “Lord, I am taking a stand for what I believe is right. The people are looking to me for leadership, and if I stand before them without strength and courage, they will falter. I am at the end of my powers. I have nothing left. I have nothing left. I have come to the point where I can’t face it alone.

Later he told me, “At that moment, I experienced the presence of the Divine as I had never experienced Him before. It seemed as though I could hear a voice saying: ‘Stand up for righteousness; stand up for truth; and God will be at our side forever.'” When Martin stood up from the table, he was imbued with a new sense of confidence, and he was ready to face anything.

–Coretta Scott King from “Standing in the Need of Prayer” as published by The Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster.

Souls without prayer are like bodies, palsied and lame, having hands and feet they cannot use.

TERESA OF AVILA (The Interior Castle)

“Our praying, however, needs to be pressed and pursued with an energy that never tires, a persistency which will not be denied, and a courage which never fails.”

~E. M. Bounds

Modern men and women are so desperately in need of the help (to learn how to pray) that we can provide that our best energies should be devoted to this task.

(The Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster, 32)

Charles Spurgeon said…

Your other engagements will run smoothly if you do not forget your engagement with God!

(Steve Miller, C. H.  Spurgeon on Spiritual Leadership, 27)

When Revival is Needed
By T.M. Moore|Published Date: January 11, 2012


“So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”
Revelation 3:16-17

Ministers of Scotland: Lectures on Revival
The Rev. John Bonar, Minister of Larbert and Dunipace

“So long as the Church is weighed down by a body of sin – so long as there is in all her members a law in the flesh which warreth against the law of the mind – so long as without ceasing there arises from her the voice of distress, ‘Oh wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from this body of death!’ the enlightening, convincing, and converting influences of the Spirit will be required at each step of her process through the wilderness. And so long as the world remains a valley of the shadow of death, every where times of revival will be required – every needed – every where to be sought.”

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