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“All the mighty men (and I will add women) have been men (and women) of prayer. They have differed from one another in many things, but in this they have been alike.”

~ R. A. TorreyHow to Pray (1900), 11

“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.

“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.”

~ Mother Teresa

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”
~ 1 Corinthians 6:19

My grandkids always bust me when I forget to pray before a meal, and I love that.

We don’t always pray as much as we ought to. In fact, we could pray a lot more. When a crisis hits, what is our first inclination? It’s to say, “God, take this problem away.”

Sometimes He does. But there are other times when He doesn’t. The reality is that problem, that difficulty, keeps us in touch with God. It keeps us dependent on God. And it keeps us praying without ceasing.

The apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Rome, “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers” (Romans 1:9 NKJV).

Then 1 Thessalonians 5:17–18 tells us, “Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (NKJV).

Maybe you’re saying, “Pray without ceasing? How that is even possible? I have a life. I have to go to work. I have to do a lot of things. I can’t just pray all day.”

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Oswald Chambers

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.

Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don’t want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of ‘good time’ is seldom in sync with ours.”

“He (Jesus) commands us to pray for our daily bread so that we’re reminded that every last gift is from God”

~ John OnwuchewaPrayer, 57.

“If we call upon the Lord, he has promised in His Word to answer, to bring the unsaved to Himself, to pour out His Spirit among us. If we don’t call upon the Lord, He has promised nothing–nothing at all, It’s as simple as that. No matter what I preach or what we claim to believe in our heads, the future will depend upon our times of prayer. This is the engine that will drive the church.”

~ Jim Cymbala, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

O what peace we often forfeit,

O what needless pain we pain,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!

~ Joseph Scriven

“Like a prescription, prayer eases our concerns before repairing our circumstances.”

~ John OnwuchewaPrayer, 36

“Prayer is not a hard requirement – it is the natural duty of a creature to its creator, the simplest homage that human need can pay to divine liberality.”

~ Charles Spurgeon

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