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“Hear me clearly. I have never seen successful and sustaining change take place in a church without prayer. Never. Not once!”

~ Thom S. RainerWho Moved My Pulpit36.

Who Moved My Pulpit? Leading Change in the Church   -     By: Thom S. Rainer

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“The coming revival must begin with a great revival of prayer. It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundance of rain will first be heard. An increase of secret prayer with ministers will be the sure harbinger of blessing.”

“It is the tragedy of this hour that many people seem to think that if they know the mechanics of serving God, that is all that is necessary.  May this thought be far removed from your minds.  No service is acceptable unto God unless it is rendered upon the wings of prayer.  Therefore, may we withdraw ourselves to the secret place and there pray until we have an answer.”

~ Dr. Lee Roberson, Chapter 17, Some Golden Daybreak

“A dynamic praying church must be built from the inside out, employing all four levels of prayer: the secret closet, the family altar, small group praying and finally, the congregational setting.”

~ Richard Burr

“I fear the prayers of John Knox more than all the assembled armies of Europe”

~ Mary, Queen of Scots

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“Prayer can never be in excess.”

~ C. H. Spurgeon


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Mark 2:1–4 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. 3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.

I never fail to be moved by this account. I am moved by the desperate condition of the paralytic. I am moved by the friends who refused to be stopped by anything in bringing their friend to Jesus. And I am moved by the wonder of Christ’s responses. He is completely uninterested in how they damaged His home in order to get their friend in front of Him. He refuses to only deal with the man’s paralysis, but incudes the eternal issue of his sin. And He is undaunted by the naysayers who balked when He displayed His authority to forgive sins – which only God can do. Everything about the account is worthy of contemplation and rejoicing. It is an astounding display of our Savior’s love, compassion and courage.

Take just a moment to look more closely at the nature of the Paralytic’s friends. For in their actions and attitudes, they give us one of the best expositions of what it means to “intercede” for someone in the Scriptures.

Here we learn an extraordinary lesson: Our faith greatly affects others, when by virtue of it, we bring men to Him – either in the sense of giving them the Gospel, or bringing them to sit under the preaching of the Word, or even in prayer – that they might be touched by Him.

The friends here, invest their time and energy in bringing this man to Jesus’ attention. And what more is prayer? It is our bringing others to the attention of our Lord that He may touch them. But for such faith to have legs, we have to act upon it. They could not gather for coffee and discuss what Jesus could do for him, if only… . They brought him to Jesus. And this is what it means for us to pray for others. To bring them to Jesus.

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“Hell is larger today than it was yesterday, because many of us have failed to pray.”

~ David Smithers

“I prayed fifteen years for the conversion of my oldest brother. When he seemed to be getting further and further away from any hope of conversion, I prayed on.”

R.A. Torrey

Did I mean “hours”? Yes.

“I have so much to do that I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it.”

~ John Wesley

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