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“My mission is first to the churches.When the churches are aroused to their duty, men of the world will be swept into the Kingdom. A whole church on its knees is irresistible.”~ Evan Roberts

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“Funds are low again, hallelujah! That means God trusts us and is willing to leave His reputation in our hands.”

~ C. T. Studd (1860-1931)

C.T. Studd

“Prayer, it is rightly said, the method of genuine theological research, the method of understanding what and God is. God is spirit and exists at the level of reality where the human heart, or spirit, also exists, serving as the foundation and source of our visible life. It is there that the individual meets with God ‘in spirit and in truth.'”

~ Dallas WillardThe Divine Conspiracy, 194. 

Nov 08, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

“We have never had any such thing in history as a prayerless revival,” said pastor Greg Laurie in a powerful, encouraging contribution to Faithwire. Pastor Laurie reminds all readers, whether they’re rejoicing or lamenting after this week’s midterm election, that it is people committed to prayer, not elected officials, who can save America.

“We look at the problems in our world and in our nation today, and we might point at different individuals. But let’s notice where God points when a nation breaks down spiritually and morally,” Laurie encourages the reader. He refers to 2 Chronicles 7:14, which says, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land…”

“God is saying, ‘It is my people. If my people would live as they ought to live, it would impact a nation. My people need to humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways,’” Laurie explains.

“We must pray,” he continues, “but there also must be repentance from all known sin. We need to turn from our wicked ways. All the prayer in the world won’t make any difference if we have unconfessed sin in our lives.”

“God promises that if we will pray and turn from our wicked ways and humble ourselves, he will heal us,” Laurie adds. “That applies to a broken family. That applies to a church. And that applies to a nation.” What a promise!

Laurie concludes, telling us that God wants to send revival, but we must participate.

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“We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results.”

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Maintaining a persistent prayer life seems more and more difficult in the hustle and bustle of a busy world.

“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

Edward McKendree Bounds (circa 1864)

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Christians often use a simple acrostic as a guide to prayer: A.C.T.S. Each of the letters in this acrostic stands for one of the key elements of prayer:

(A) Adoration

(C) Confession

(T) Thanksgiving

(S) Supplication

But not only does this acrostic remind us of the elements of prayer, it shows us the priority we ought to give to each.

The first element of prayer should be adoration, or praise. The Psalms, which are inspired samples of godly prayer, are heavily weighted on the side of adoration. I’ve noticed over many years that as we grow in the discipline and in the delight of prayer, it seems that we naturally spend more and more of our time on this first element.

Second, prayer should include confession of our sin; as we remember who we are when we come into God’s presence, we see that we have come short of His holiness and have need of His forgiveness.

Third, when we pray, we should always give thanks, remembering the grace and mercy God has shown toward us.

Fourth, prayer rightly includes supplication or petition, bringing our requests for the needs of others and ourselves to God.

I think this is a helpful acrostic for remembering both the elements and the priorities of prayer. Unfortunately, we often spell our prayer life something like S.C.A.T., because we start with supplication and spend very little time, if any, on adoration, confession, and thanksgiving.

The Lord’s Prayer

When we look at the Lord’s Prayer, we see adoration at least implied in the petition “Hallowed be Your name.”

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“Oh! yes, (the prayer meeting) is the place to meet with the Holy Ghost, and this is the way to get His mighty power. If we would have Him, we must meet in greater numbers; we must pray with greater fervency, we must watch with greater earnestness, and believe with firmer steadfastness. The prayer meeting…is the appointed place for the reception of power.”

~ Charles H. Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon

 

“God can handle your doubt, anger, fear, grief, confusion, and questions. You can bring everything to him in prayer.”

~ Rick Warren

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