Archive for the ‘prayer’ Category

No man is to be alone against Satan

March 25, 2014
“No man is to be alone against Satan; God instituted the church and the ministry of the Word in order that we might join hands and help one another. If the prayer of one does not help, the prayer of the other will.”
Martin Luther

Prayer: you don’t always get what you want

April 12, 2011

Dear GOD,
Thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy. (Joyce)

Children’s Letters to God

Prayer Quotes

March 2, 2011

“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work.”~Oswald Chambers

“When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles. When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs. When he stops praying, the devil shouts for joy.”~Corrie Ten Boom

“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless works and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”~Samuel Chadwick

“The neglect of prayer is a grand hindrance to holiness.”~John Wesley

“Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude-an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.”~Arthur W. Pink

“The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained the victory on their knees long before the battle came… Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory.”~R. A. Torrey

“Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.”~John Bunyan

“Real praying is a costly exercise but it pays far more than it costs. It is not easy work but it is most profitable of all work. We can accomplish more by time and strength put into prayer than we can by putting the same amount of time and strength into anything else.”~R. A. Torry

“The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty works of Divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, “Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know”(Jeremiah 33:3].”~Hudson Taylor

The Power of Prayer

February 4, 2010

‘At the close of one of our services, a poor woman, accompanied by two of her neighbours, came to my vestry in deep distress. Her husband had fled the country; and, in her sorrow, she had gone to the house of God and something I said in the sermon made her think that I was personally familiar with her case. Of course, I had really known nothing about her; I had made use of a general illustration which just fitted her particular case. She told me her story, and a very sad one it was. I said, “There is nothing that we can do but kneel down, and cry to the Lord for the immediate conversion of your husband.” We knelt down, and I prayed that the Lord would touch the heart of the deserter, convert his soul, and bring him back to his home, When we rose from our knees, I said to the poor woman, “Do not fret about the matter. I feel sure your husband will come home; and that he will yet become connected with our church.”

She went away, and I forgot all about her. Some months afterwards, she re-appeared, with her neighbours, and a man, whom she introduced to me as her husband. He had indeed come back, and he had returned a converted man. On making enquiry, and comparing notes, we found that, the very day on which we had prayed for his conversion, he, being at that time on board a ship far away on the sea, stumbled most unexpectedly upon a stray copy of one of my sermons. He read it; the truth went to his heart; he repented, and sought the Lord; and, as soon as possible, he came back to his wife and to his daily calling, He was admitted as a member at the Tabernacle, and his wife, who up to that time had not joined the church, was also received into fellowship with us.

That woman does not doubt the power of prayer. All the infidels in the world could not shake her conviction that there is a God that hears and answers the supplications of His people. I should be the most irrational creature in the world if, with a life every day of which is full of experiences so remarkable, I entertained the slightest doubt on the subject. I do not regard it as miraculous; it is part and parcel of the established order of the universe that the shadow of a coming event should fall in advance upon some believing soul in the shape of prayer for its realization. The prayer of faith is a Divine decree commencing its operation.’


I do not think any spiritual force outside human beings actually helps us

October 29, 2009

I do not think any spiritual force outside human beings actually helps us — there may be such a force, but if so it is only as incarnated in human beings that it helps us. Therefore I cannot pray or lean on God. What strength I need I must get from myself or those whom I advise. And this view does seem to me nobler, sterner, braver than the view which looks for help from without, besides seeming to me truer.

Bertrand Russell, Ray Monk, vol. 1, p.244

If one needs strength (as he says) then looking for it within is to (attempt to) pull oneself up by one’s own bootstraps. NB it ‘seem(s) to me’ sums up the relativistic or subjectivism of the man who rejects God.

He prayed about things as if everything depended upon the praying . . . but he worked also, as if everything depended on his working

October 20, 2009

Hudson Taylor’s son, Howard, commented on his father’s response to a dying girl. He said to a prayer group to ‘pray, while I work’ – while he gave the girl the kiss of life. ‘He prayed about things as if everything depended upon the praying . . . but he worked also, as if everything depended on his working.’

Roger Steer, J. Hudson Taylor: A Man in Christ, OMF, 1990, p.271

I can’t justify it, but it was a deep and sincere prayer – a prayer for strength to subdue my instincts

October 13, 2009

Despite being a critic of religion,  Bertrand Russell’s biographer, Ray Monk, writes that he once prayed on his knees to God in the San Zeno Maggiore, Verona. He was struggling to control his sexual passions. Russell wrote:

I can’t justify it, but it was a deep and sincere prayer – a prayer for strength to subdue my instincts.

Clearly his rationalism wasn’t of much help at that time.

Prayer was appointed to convey the blessings God designs to give

September 18, 2009

Prayer was appointed to convey,

The blessings God designs to give.

Joseph Hart, hymn writer

Prayers are useful in obtaining those favours which He foresaw He would bestow on those who should pray for them.

Augustine, City of God, V, 10

in Paul Helm, The Providence of God, IVP, 1993, pp.157-158

When prayer is the source of faith’s power

September 18, 2009

When prayer is the source of faith’s power and the means of its strength, God’s sovereignty is its only restriction.

Wm. L. Lane, Gospel Acording to Mark, p.410 (on Mk.11.23-24)

Satan dreads nothing but prayer

September 18, 2009

Satan dreads nothing but prayer – his one concern is to keep saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.

Samuel Chadwick