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5 Prayer Quotes

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“One core focus of worship-based prayer is the commitment to always start our prayers from the Word of God. This is the key to abiding.” -Daniel Henderson

“The time a Christian gives to prayer and communion with God is not meant for his natural life, but to nourish the life of the Son of God in him.” – Oswald Chambers

“God gets no glory from unanswered prayer.” -David Ireland

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” – Martin Luther
“The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured.” ― Rick Warren


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4 Potenial Pitfalls Of Prayer

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4 Potential Pitfalls Of Prayer

What’s your motivations for prayer?

Over the years I’ve had my own struggles with prayer. Four pitfalls I’ve encountered are.

  • Guilt
  • Approval
  • Church growth
  • Revival

I have a passion for research— on just about anything that sparks my attention but the one that keeps me coming back time and again is prayer. I have a large library of books on all kinds of subjects but the biggest section is books about prayer I’ve collected over the years.

Of all the books I have on prayer the ones that have meant the most to me are the ones that keep saying, “The only enduring motive for prayer is that God is worthy to be sought.”

So let’s go back to motivations for prayer and the four potential pitfalls that can hinder prayer. I’ve experience all of these at one time or another. Can you identify?

  • Guilt – This is when we believe that if I do not pray, God does not accept me. We can even do that in other relationships as well. Have you ever felt guilty if you didn’t spend time with another person because you felt they would not accept you if you didn’t? We can carry that motive over to our relationship with God as well.
  • Approval – This happens when we believe that if I do pray, I will be accepted more by other Christians. The Pharisees had this glaring flaw. Like the Pharisees— we try to make sure others know we are praying, like one person says, “this is the wrong approach for the wrong audience.” 
  • Church growth – I learned this from Peter Lord. He asked a group of students: “If God promised you two things: (1) You would go to heaven when you die, and (2) He will never use you in the ministry again—would you still pray?” That caught my attention and touched my inner being because I knew my personal tendency to pray was so that God would use me—for me. Then to finish Peter Lord said, “God will not reduce something as pure as prayer to my  next ego-driven church-growth tactic.” WOW! That was an eye opener.
  • Revival – Like someone said once, “We believe that God will bring revival if we will just “work Him” enough through prayer. This motive for prayer made me think twice about the reason I was praying for revival. How about you?

These are 4 potential pitfalls of prayer we can avoid if we remember “that the only enduring motive for prayer is that God is worthy to be sought.”

I call this a worship-based motivation because God is worthy to be sought whether we feel like it or not— whether our prayer time is dull or energized.

Our number one motivation for prayer is God is worthy.

 

 

 

 

 


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Pt. 4 A REVIVAL OF PRAYER by Jessie Penn-Lewis

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THE PRAYER AT PENTECOST

If we turn again to the Church at Pentecost, and to the Apostles’ attitude to prayer, we shall see how to them prayer was a work.

There came trouble to that Spirit-filled Church, and in the midst of it the Apostle said: “we will give ourselves to” putting this matter straight? No. But “we will give ourselves to PRAYER, and to the ministry of the Word”.

The early Church knew how to pray. They knew how to open the prison doors for Peter. They did not go with a petition to Herod, but betook themselves to “instant and earnest prayer”.

That was praying that “worked” just as effectively as with Elijah and Moses. Here are the Apostles – men baptised with the Holy Ghost – saying, “we will give ourselves to prayer”. Is this the order of “work” in our lives?

We are responsible for the things over which we have not prayed. We think too often that “prayer” means half-an-hour in the morning, special risings, hours, places – even prayer-meetings where half the people go to get right with God, or go mainly for their own personal needs.

Would Elijah have had that mighty, effective prayer, if he had all the time to be going to as “prayer” simply for his own personal growth? No wonder we do not understand that prayer is a work, and that every prayer should accomplish something.

We have seen the work of prayer by Elijah for a whole country, and the work of prayer in Moses for the chosen nation; now let us take the example of Paul in his work of prayer for the Churches, and individual believers.

First, see how Paul himself craved the prayers of the saints he addressed, although he was a man baptised with the Holy Ghost. He knew God, and yet almost with tears he pleads that God’s children should join him in his intercessory life, and share with him in his service and conflict.

Have we not left the pulpit unprotected by prayer? How much do you pray for your minister?

How much have you prayed for the man in the pulpit, side-tracked by the doctrines of demons of to-day?

We are responsible even for the things we grieve over in the Church, because we have not watched unto prayer.

It has not dawned upon many of us that we must pray for all saints, and all God’s people; and that specially every man in an exposed position should be the subject of our persistent prayer.

Pt. 1. A Revival of Prayer
Pt. 2. Binding and Loosing
Pt. 3. Lifted Hands of Moses


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The House of Prayer

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The House of Prayer

“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (v. 7).
– Isaiah 56:6–8

As Christians consider what the Bible has to say about worship, it is crucial that we consider what all of Scripture says about how we are to come before God when we offer up our sacrifices of praise.

This means that we must look at the Old Testament no less than we consider what the New Testament teaches. In so doing, we have to keep in mind that not everything done in worship under the old covenant carries over into the new covenant.

For example, we do not offer up animal sacrifices anymore because Hebrews 9–10 tells us that Jesus is the final sacrifice for sin.

Nevertheless, there are principles we can discern from the Old Testament Scriptures that can guide our worship practices.

The House of Prayer article continued here.


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Part 1 | What Should The Church Be Praying For In These Last Days

Part 1

What Should The Church Be Praying For In These Last Days?

In 2 Thessalonians 1, the Apostle Paul addressed a very important subject – the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus. He related that, in preparation for this great event, the saints’ faith would “grow exceedingly” and their love “toward each other abound” (2 Thessalonians 1:3).

 

They would exemplify great patience and faith in all their “persecutions and tribulations” that they would be called upon to endure.

On the other hand, he tells us that the heathen – those who “know not God, and obey not His Gospel”  (2 Thessalonians 1:8) – would “trouble” the saints more and more as the time of this great event approaches.

There would be increased persecutions and tribulations – severe revilings…cruel mockings… a disturbance in the possession of their estate or belongings…as well as imprisonments and bonds.

The blessed consolation for the “troubled” Christians is the fact that Jesus will come – be “revealed from heaven with His mighty angels” (2 Thessalonians 1:7).

When He does, He will be “glorified in His saints” and “admired in all them that believe”  (2 Thessalonians 1:10).

 

The picture for the wicked is not so positive. In fact, it is very grim and frightening for Jesus will come “in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8).

 

This is what they have to look forward to – “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power” (2 Thessalonians 1:9).
(to be con’t)


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You Have the Time by Deborah Brunt

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You Have The Time

You have the time.
The ticking – that’s the devil’s whisper:
“Hurry, hurry, hurry!” He’s afraid, you see,
that if you stop, you’ll think of me
and know I made the time for you –
not to be master of your life
but servant to your needs in me.

I give you time, abundant time, to lift
your eyes, your heart and voice up to my throne.
because you’ve been so filled with me,
you’re overflowing with my love, my peace
and joy and faith and hope and – all good gifts –
you cannot help but sing my praise.
And yes, you have the time.

I give you time, abundant time, to work
my will in perfect peace – always reaping
as you sow, blessings – no regrets;
no wasted efforts draining precious
moments from short earthly lives.
My children always have the time –
the time to shine for me.

What’s more, you have the time to grow into
the new, true you that I foresaw – and then
redeemed, rebirthed and quickened by my blood
and resurrection life. Your spirit
has the time it needs, to learn, grow strong,
to lead, so all you are can honor me
in Spirit-given unity.

Oh yes, I give you time to praise, to work,
to grow, to live the life that I designed.
Know this: If you will take it,
you will always have the time.