“I pray only when I am in trouble; but I am in trouble all the time so I pray all the time.” Isaac Bashevis Singer
“I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man I have ever met!” D. L. Moody
“We should pray when we are in a praying mood, for it would be sinful to neglect so fair an opportunity. We should pray when we are not in a proper mood, for it would be dangerous to remain in so unhealthy a condition.” Charles Spurgeon
“What if the main object in God’s idea of prayer be the supplying of our great, our endless need–the need of himself? What if the good of all our smaller and lower needs lies in this, that they help drive us to God? Communion with God is the one need of the soul beyond all other needs; prayer is the beginning of that communion.” George MacDonald
“I am convinced that nothing can avail except churches and ministers on their knees in total dependence on God. As long as you go on organizing, people will not fall on their knees and implore God to come and heal them.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones
“To this day the prayer level is the power level of the church.” Armin Gesswein
“Devote yourselves to prayer.”
Moving From the Head to the Heart
- Do you pray all the time because “you are in trouble all the time?” How big a part does your mood play in whether or not you pray? Think about the significance of your answer.
- Can you imagine God allowing “smaller needs” in your life to “drive you to Him?” …because the greatest need of your soul is “communion with God?” …because his greatest desire is communion with you?
- When you minister to others, what is your most important preparation? It is planning, researching, studying, strategizing – or praying? What does your answer say about what you really believe?
- Have you established a daily routine, for instance, of praying “evening, morning and noon” like David and Daniel did (Psalm 55:17, Dan. 6:10)? If not, are you praying faithfully without one?
Abba, thank you for desiring intimacy with me, and for how you listen when I pray.
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