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Seeking Him

 Jesus “Men ought always to pray and not faint”

Praying Hands

“Prayer has everything to do with molding the soul into the image of God.  It has everything to do with bringing the soul into complete communion with God.  It has everything to do with enriching, broadening, and maturing the soul’s experience of God” E.M Bounds Necessity of Prayer

The Promises of Prayer 

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.  (Mat 6:6)

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.(Mat 6:33)

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Heb 11:6)

“The promises are for us, the powers and gifts of the heavenly world are for us. O teach us to pray so that we may receive abundantly.” Andrew Murray, Lord teach us to pray

“Though in its beginnings prayer is so simple that the feeble child can pray, yet it si at the same time the highest and holiest work to which man can rise.  It is fellowship with the Unseen and Most Holy One.  The powers fo the eternal world have been placed at its disposal.  It is the very essence of true religion, the channel of all blessings, the secret of power and life.” Andrew Murray

Pray everywhere…

Pray without doubting…

Pray without ceasing…

Pray in all manners of prayer…

Pray with all supplication…

There was a dawning of a new day in my life, a day of spiritual power and effectiveness, when I learned to stop lifting up “prayers” and spend time in prayer.

Men and Women of Prayer 

Paul the Apostle, “Be careful for nothing;but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7

Lady Maxwell, ” God is daily teaching me more simplicity of spirit, and makes me willing to receive all as His unmerited gift, and to call on Him for everything I need, as I need it, and He supplies my wants according to existing needs.  But I have certainly felt more of it this last eighteen months than in former periods.  I wish to pray without ceasing.  I see the necessity of praying always and not fainting.”

“I wish to be in much prayer. I greatly need it.  The prayer of faith shuts or opens Heaven.  Come, Lord, and turn my captivity.”

John Foster, spoke this on his dying bed, “Pray without ceasing” has been the sentence repeating itself in my silent thoughts, and I am sure that it will be, it must be, my practice till the last conscious hour of my life.  Oh why was it not my practice throughout that long, indolent, inanimate half century past!  I often think mournfully of the difference it would have made in me.  Now there remains so little time for a more genuine, effective spiritual life.”

Martin Luther,” I have so much work to do that I cannot get along without giving three hours daily of my best time to prayer.”

Another of his sayings were:

“It takes meditation and prayer to make a divine,”, or ” He that has prayed well, has studied well.”

William Wilberforce, “I have been keeping too late hours, and hence have but a hurried half hour to myself.  I am lean and cold and hard.  I had better allow more time, say two hours, or an hour-and-a half daily to religious exercises.”

George Mueller, “I went to my God and prayed diligently, and received what I needed.”

Charles G. Finney said, “When God has specially promised the thing, we are bound to believe we shall receive it when we pray for it.  You have no right to put in an “if” and say, “Lord, if it be Thy will, give me Thy Holy Spirit.” This is to insult God. To put an “if” in God’s promise when God has put none there is tantamount to charging God with being insincere. It is like saying, “O God, if Thou art in earnest in making these promises, grant us the blessing we pray for.”

Lester Roloff, “We’ve emphasized psychology, sociology, theology, but our need is “kneeology.”  Living by Faith

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