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“Why is it,” both ministers and churches are asking, “that the church of Christ makes so little headway against unbelief and error andn sin and worldliness?” Once more we hear God answering, “Neglect of prayer. You have not because you ask not.”

~ R. A. TorreyHow to Pray (1900), 10.

Martin Luther said once: “I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.”  

For Luther, the busier he was, the mor he needed to pray. We tend to do the oppossite: We pray less the busier we are.

Luther was right about the importance of prayer and that we need to do more of it.

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“Here’s our problem: prayerlessness is spiritual suicide. So what I’m suggesting is that we pray more. Not rocket science, I know.”

~ John OnwuchewaPrayer39.

“Praying exposes how self-preoccupied we are and uncovers our doubts. It was easier on our faith not to pray. After a few minutes, our prayer is in shambles. Barely out of the starting gate, we collapse on the sidelines–cynical, guilty, and hopeless.” 

Paul E. MillerA Praying Life3.

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“Something is wrong with us. Our natural desire to pray comes from Creation. We are made in the image of God. Our inability to pray comes from the Fall. Evil has marred the image. We want to talk to God but can’t. The friction of our desire to pray combined with our badly damaged prayer antennae, leads to constant frustration. It’s as if we’ve had a stroke.” 

Paul E. MillerA Praying Life2.

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