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To be prayerless is to be without God, without Christ, without grace, without hope, and without heaven.

J.C. Ryle

J.C. Ryle

To be prayerless is to be without God, without Christ, without grace, without hope, and without heaven.

J.C. Ryle

J. C. Ryle

Words said without heart are as utterly useless to our souls as the drum beating of savages before their idols! Where there is no heart, there may be lip-work and tongue-work, but there is no prayer. Saul, I have no doubt, said many a long prayer before the Lord met him on the way to Damascus. But it was not until his heart was broken that the Lord said, “He prayeth.”

~ J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), A Call to Prayer

God is far more willing to save sinners than sinners are to be saved.

~ J.C. Ryle

Prayer has obtained things that seemed impossible and out of reach. It has won victories over fire, air, earth and water. Prayer opened the Red Sea. Prayer brought water from the rock and bread from Heaven. Prayer made the sun stand still. Prayer brought fire from the sky on Elijah’s sacrifice. Prayer overthrew the army of Sennacherib. Prayer healed the sick. Prayer has raised the dead. Prayer has procured the conversion of countless souls.

~ Bishop J. C. Ryle (A Call to Prayer29-30). 

We live in days of abounding religious profession. There are more places of public worship than there were ever before, and yet in spite of all this public religion, I believe there is a vast neglect of private prayer. It is one of those private transcripts between God and our souls which no eye sees, and therefore one which people are tempted to pass over and leave undone(Power for Living, January 8, 2012).

Prayer can lighten crosses for us, however heavy.

It can bring down to our side One who will help us to bear them!

~J. C. Ryle

By J.C. Ryle

I have a question to offer you. It is contained in three words, Do you pray?

The question is one that none but you can answer. Whether you attend public worship or not, your minister knows. Whether you have family prayers in your house or not, your relations know. But whether you pray in private or not, is a matter between yourself and God.

I beseech you in all affection to attend to the subject I bring before you. Do not say that my question is too close. If your heart is right in the sight of God, there is nothing in it to make you afraid. Do not turn off my question by replying that you say your prayers. It is one thing to say your prayers and another to pray. Do not tell me that my question is unnecessary. Listen to me for a few minutes, and I will show you good reasons for asking it.

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Christ, our Light

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Faith is to the soul what life is to the body. Prayer is to faith what breath is to the body. How a person can live and not breathe is past my comprehension, and how a person can believe and not pray is past my comprehension too.

J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), A Call to Prayer, published in the 1850’s as a pamphlet, p. 1 (see the book; see also Job 21:14-15; Isa. 64:7; Hab. 2:4; Zeph. 1:6; Rom. 1:17; 1 Thes. 5:17; more at Faith, Life, Prayer, Belief, People)
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