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PRAYER

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

I’ve shared a number of prayer quotes with you in the past, so today I have a few more for you:

    1. “Prayer does not influence God. Prayer surely does influence God. It influence His purpose. It does influence His action.”  S.D. Gordon
    2. “Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honors God and brings him into active aid.”  E.M. Bounds
    3. “We can do nothing without prayer. All things can be done by importunate prayer. That is the teaching of Jesus Christ” E. M. Bounds
    4. “The secret of all failure is our failure in secret prayer.” The Kneeling Christian
    5. “…True prayer is measured by weight, not by length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length.”  C. H. Spurgeon
    6. When prayer has become secondary, or incidental, it has lost its power. Those who are conspicuously men of prayer are those who use prayer as they use food, or air, or light, or money.”  M.E. Andross
    7. “Our prayers lay the track down which God’s power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails.”  Watchman Nee
    8. “Prayer is the secret of power.”  Evan Roberts
    9. “I have seen many men work without praying, though I have never seen any good come out of it; but I have never seen a man pray without working.”  James Hudson Taylor
    10. “Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.”  John Bunyon

So why have I been passing on all these quotes about prayer? Well, I think I’ve said to you before, but I make no apology for saying again, that prayer must be at the centre of your Christian life. Without prayer, we cannot be living as Christ wants and needs us to.

Pray now. Pray later. Pray always.

Yesterday, I urged you to make a new start with God at this start of this new year (A New Year and a New Start), but I know for some of you that may be difficult because of things that have happened in your past where maybe you’ve questioned God’s reason for letting something to happen, or maybe the complete opposite, maybe you feel God let you down by not being there for you when you needed him most, or maybe you were let down by people who said they were Christians but in fact acted in a completely un-Christlike manner towards you.

hands reaching to each otherWhatever your past history with God, God is still waiting for you to turn to Him and is reaching out to you to take His hand. Even if you thought God deserted you in the past, I can assure you that He did not because God always answers our prayers, maybe not today or tomorrow, or even in the way we wanted Him to, or expected Him to, but He will answer our prayers, and He is always by our side.

I have felt in the past that God has deserted me, and so I turned away from Him, but after struggling about on my own for a while, God answered the prayers I had voiced over a year in the past, not in the way I expected, but He did answer them. I can therefore assure you that even if you think God has forgotten you, He hasn’t, just wait for Him, just as He is now waiting for you.

Forget your past and make God your present and your future, His waiting for you today.

On a day when many in Glasgow will be questioning why events of Friday night happened, and why their loved ones were the ones injured or killed in the incident, all I can offer is reassurance that many will be praying for you and your loved ones.

Glasgow helicopter crashFor those of you who do not know, at approximately 10.25pm on Friday night a police helicopter with 2 police officers and a civilian pilot crashed onto the roof of the busy Clutha pub in Glasgow city centre, injuring many and killing 8.

Some may think praying is not much to offer at a time of deep sorrow and disbelief, however for me although prayer may be all I can do, I believe it is the best we can all do.

It’s amazing what prayer can do. It comforts you, makes you feel whole inside, and gives you hope.

Through the pain and sorrow of these days, God will comfort those who mourn. The future may seem hopeless just now for some, but God can give them hope again.

To all those bereaved by this tragedy I offer my sincere condolences and pray that they may feel God’s love surrounding them at this time. To those injured, I pray that your physical and emotional scars from these events will heal quickly.

To all those in the emergency services who responded to the emergency call, I thank you for your dedication and commitment to help those in need. To you, my fellow Glaswegians who unselfishly tried to help and assist those caught up in the tragedy, I say well done for looking out for your fellow citizens.

I pray that God will comfort those who mourn tonight and surround all other affected by this tragedy with His love, providing hope for tomorrow.

 

PRAYER

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

I’ve shared a number of prayer quotes with you in the past, so today I have a few more for you:

    1. If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer. ~ Martin Luther
    2. If you want that splendid power in prayer, you must remain in loving, living, lasting, conscious, practical, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ C. H. Spurgeon
    3. The true church lives and moves and has its being in prayer. ~ Leonard Ravenhill
    4. If the spiritual life be healthy, under the full power of the Holy Spirit, praying without ceasing will be natural. ~ Andrew Murray
    5. Little praying is a kind of make believe, a salve for the conscience, a farce and a delusion. ~  E. M. Bounds
    6. Those persons who know the deep peace of God, the unfathomable peace that passeth all understanding, are always men and women of much prayer. ~ R. A. Torrey
    7. I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach. ~ Charles Spurgeon
    8. Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still. ~ E.M. Bounds
    9. Prayer is the first thing, the second thing, the third thing necessary to a minister. Pray, then my dear brother; pray, pray, pray. ~ Edward Payson
    10. Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things ‘above all that we ask or think. ~ Andrew Murray

So why have I been passing on all these quotes about prayer? Well, I think I’ve said to you before, but I make no apology for saying again, that prayer must be at the centre of your Christian life. Without prayer, we cannot be living as Christ wants and needs us to.

Pray now. Pray later. Pray always.

I consider myself to be a life-long Christian whose faith, despite having been at rock bottom a few years ago, is now stronger than ever. This hasn’t meant I’ve had an easy life since then. In fact, if anything I’d say I’ve faced even more challenges/difficulties of various kinds!

So what’s the point of having faith in God if He doesn’t make life any easier for us?

Just because I’ve still faced difficulties in life, is not a reflection on God’s impact on my life, as despite the challenges, I’ve coped better with them than I would previously have coped. Why? Because I’ve acknowledged that God is walking with me in every situation, and therefore have felt His love and peace around me.

Peace on the outside comes from knowing God on the inside.

Romans 12:21 (NIV) – Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Following on from yesterday’s blog post In the Confusion, today’s blog post is about reinforcing the belief that no matter what happens in our life, in our world, God will still win through.

There will be hope

There will be love

but most importantly

There will be God

There is a mighty lot of difference between saying prayers and praying. ~ John G. Lake

It’s true, there is a huge difference between going through the motions of praying, by just saying words you’ve said many times before, or heard other say, and truly opening up your heart to God and talking to Him about your deepest needs and thanking Him for all He has done for you.

Do you regularly just go through the motions of prayer, or do you earnestly speak to God from the bottom of your heart?

Prayers which are not sincere are as worthless as not saying a prayer at all, so don’t let your prayer life become a chore or a time or reciting often said prayers, make sure they are always times when you talk to talk from your heart, about all that’s on your mind.

worship-prayerI Often Say My Prayers by John Burton
 
I often say my prayers
But do I ever pray?
And do the wishes of my heart
Go with the words I say?
 
I may as well kneel down
And worship gods of stone
As offer to the living God
A prayer of words alone.
 
For words without the heart
The Lord will never hear,
Nor will He to those lips attend
Whose prayers are not sincere.
 
Lord teach me what I need,
And teach me how to pray;
Nor let me ask Thy grace,
Not feeling what I say.

Yprayerou may pray for an hour and still not pray. You may meet God for a moment and then be in touch with Him all day. ~ Fredrik Wisloff

I’m sure we’ve all been there, trying to pray but not really putting our heart and soul into it, but then a single incident later in the day brings us so close to God that we actually end up praying to God all day thanking His for loving us and guiding us.

Our God is a mighty God, so do not worry that prayer eludes you sometimes because God understands and knows what’s in your heart. He will always show His love to us even when we can’t find the words to speak to Him.

 

worship-prayerI’ve often thought it strange when I’ve heard people say, “All we can do is pray”. For me it should never be a case of prayer being almost our last resort, as no matter what situations or circumstances we find ourselves in  we should pray.

I therefore would suggest, instead of saying “All we can do is pray”, to say one of the following:

  • All we must do is pray; or
  • Pray is everything we can do

So make sure you don’t make pray your last resort, make it the first thing you do in every situation.

PRAYERWhat changes you I hear you ask?

Prayer!

How can prayer change you?

When we spend time in prayer, we are showing our faith in God. By praying we enter into His presence and in doing so we become forever changed by His unquestioning love for us, so that we start to become who God wants us to be. The more we pray, the more our spiritual understanding of God increases and often means things we considered problems, no longer seem to be such big issues any more.

Of course this isn’t always the case, as when we suffer trials and tribulations we can often feel like God isn’t there and isn’t listening to our prayers. Even so the very fact that we are praying despite our doubts and insecurities shows our faith in Him, and that ultimately helps us grow spiritually, even though at the time we probably don’t realise this.

So today it’s time to change, get praying, and get closer to God!