Monday, January 24, 2011

WIW: Prayer again...YES, still...

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I wrote a post about prayer last week...and used this quote...

"The supreme importance of prayer is tacitly admitted by most evangelical Christians. It is accepted as an article of faith. And yet there are few areas of the Christian life in which there are more regretful confessions of failure and disappointment."
–J. Oswald Sanders

...and dug out all my prayer quotes...and found a few more...

“praying is more important than eating because your soul is more important than your body.”
(Peter Kreeft)  Seen on A Holy Experience
Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
– Romans 12:12

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.
– Colossians 4:2

We bank on service and do away with prayer. Consequently, by succeeding in the external we fail in the eternal, because in the eternal we succeed only by prevailing prayer.
– Oswald Chambers

If you cannot find time to pray, ask for forgiveness. Ask to be cleansed of the sin of having no time to pray … it could be that Satan is pushing you into too much work so that you cannot take time to pray.
– Corrie Ten Boom 

The prayer of the upright is His delight.
–Proverbs 15: 8 



Lisa notes... said...

Yea for the good news on Joanne! Keep it up, God!

Corrie Ten Boom’s words especially hit me – how many times have I thought that I don’t have time to be still and pray? Or worse, how many times have I not even THOUGHT about it at all? Convicted….

Thanks for your comment on my blog this morning. And you hit on a hard one for me, too—serving anonymously (unappreciated by man) for God’s glory alone. That seems more a “sacrifice” of worship for me because it isn’t necessarily enjoyable up front like singing is—I’ve got a long way to go with my attitudes…but thankfully the Spirit continues to work on us. Thanks for your honesty.

Barbara H. said...

I especially like the one by Corrie ten Boom -- we don't often realize that that may be the case.

Barbara H. said...

Oh -- and wonderful news about Joanne!

bekahcubed said...

Nothing wrong with being "stuck" on a certain spiritual theme. I loved the couple of quotes that contrasted external "work" with the "work" of prayer.

A few weeks back, I read a quote about prayer on a family friend's blog:

"My mother-in-law, who is a missionary, once called prayer the bombardment of artillery you send into enemy territory before you send the troops in. It is a great way to picture God using our prayers to prepare the way before we actually do the work he has set out for us to do."

I like that picture of prayer as the real work that prepares the way for the clean-up duty that is our acts of service or evangelism or whatever.