- Prayer prompts and nurtures obedience, putting the heart into the proper “frame of mind” to desire obedience.
- To omit adoration is to cut the heart out of prayer.
- What prayer most often changes is the wickedness and the hardness of our own hearts.
- Prayer, like everything else in the Christian life, is for God’s glory and for our benefit, in that order.
- When we pray, we must remember who we are and whom we are addressing.
- Prayer is both a privilege and a duty, and any duty can become laborious.
- Christians are to pray for the manifestation of the reign of Christ and the emergence of His kingdom.
- An attitude of reverence toward God is vital to the effectiveness of our prayers.
- I’m certain that the disciples clearly saw the inseparable relationship between the power Jesus manifested and the hours He spent in solitude, conversing with His Father.
- Prayer is an exercise of passion, not of indifference.
- The prayers of the great saints, the prayer warriors of church history, are marked by their fervent adoration of God.
- It is our privilege to bring the whole of our finite existence into the glory of His infinite presence.
- Prayer is to the Christian what breath is to life, yet no duty of the Christian is so neglected.
- People who don’t believe that prayer matters, or that prayer works, are people who simply don’t pray.
- The closer we are to God, the more the slightest sin will cause us deep sorrow.
- The unbeliever rationalizes his sinfulness, but the Christian is sensitive to his unworthiness. Confession takes up a significant portion of his prayer time.
- The neglect of prayer is a major cause of stagnation in the Christian life.
- We have no right to come before God at all, apart from the finished work of Christ.
- Although we are to come before the Lord in an attitude of intimacy, there is still an element of separation.
- If we fill our minds with His Word, our inarticulate stammers will change to accomplished patterns of meaningful praise.
- If we want to learn how to pray, then we must pray – and continue to pray.
- The sovereign God cannot be manipulated, for He knows the hearts of all who pray to Him. True prayer presupposes an attitude of humble submission and adoration to the Almighty God.
- To forgive ourselves after God has forgiven us is a duty as well as a privilege.
- We don’t need to be afraid of the reproach of God, provided we are sincerely seeking His will in a given situation.
- We must pray that the kingdom of God will become visible on the earth, that the invisible will be made visible.
- We pray to glorify God, but we also pray in order to receive the benefits of prayer from His hand.
- When all our prayers are either vague or universal in scope, it is difficult for us to experience the exhilaration that goes with clear and obvious answers to prayer.
- When God promises us that He will forgive us, we insult His integrity when we refuse to accept it.
- When I pray, I do not come before God as an isolated individual, but as a member of a family, a community of saints.
- When we pray, we are not passive observers or neutral, detached spectators. Energy is expended in the exercise of prayer.
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