Colossians 4:12, “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”
Persevering Prayer Works!
Luke 18:1-8, “that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”
Luke 18:1-8 teaches why God oftentimes ignores believers when we pray. In Luke 18:1 Jesus said the purpose of the parable of the unjust judge is to teach men that they ought always to pray and not to faint (give up) when God forbears and doesn't answer. God is looking for FAITH, clearly evidenced by verse 8... “When the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth? Read and be amazed!
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications,
prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For
kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and
peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and
acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be
saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."
"And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." —Matthew 26:40
Prayer works—one way or another, prayer works!
Hindrances to Prayer (John R.
"For the eyes of the Lord
are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers:
but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil."
"Satan trembles when he
sees the weakest saint upon his knees."
"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for
another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a
righteous man availeth much."
Prayer is our dependence upon God.
"Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have
an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees."
PRAY FOR POWER
James 4:2, “...ye have not, because ye ask not...”
What blessings have we all forfeited by not praying? One of the most horrible thoughts I have is one day hearing God say, “You could have had all these blessings and helps, but you didn't pray.”
Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Prayer is not preparation for the greater work—prayer is the greater work.
"We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results." —Pastor R.A. Torrey
Power Through Prayer (E.M. Bounds)
"Talking to men for God is a great
thing, but talking to God for men is greater still."
"Elias (Elijah) was a man subject to like passions as we are,
and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the
earth by the space of three years and six months."
"Be careful (i.e., anxious) for nothing; but in
thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests
be made known unto God."
God Answers "Knee-Mail"
“It is the tragedy of this hour that many people seem to think that if they know the mechanics of serving God, that is all that is necessary. May this thought be far removed from your minds. No service is acceptable unto God unless it is rendered upon the wings of prayer. Therefore, may we withdraw ourselves to the secret place and there pray until we have an answer.” —Dr. Lee Roberson, Chapter 17, Some Golden Daybreak
Religion wants to fit us with glasses; but the Lord wants to open our eyes.
Job 16:20, “My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.”
Luke 18:1-8, “that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”
Pray Without Ceasing (timeless quotes from “WHY PRAY?” by Evangelist John R. Rice)
James 5:5, “Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.”
MP3 sermons by Pastor Danny Castle
“The thing that will reveal your faith is praying when no answer comes. That's the supreme test.”
—Brother Lester Roloff, from the sermon titled, Something Everybody Can Do.
The Christian is not supposed to have a prayer life; but a life of prayer!
“Prayer doesn't change things. That is wrong! Prayer touches God and then God changes things. The right type of prayer touches God.”
SOURCE: A quote from the awesome sermon, PREACHING THE POWER OF PRAYER, by Pastor Danny Castle
God's Mind Can Be Changed
By Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001)
The Bible is often falling apart of the man that is not!
Is It Wrong To Sit While Praying?
by David J. Stewart
I recently heard a famous Baptist evangelist who is heard on hundreds of radio stations. He criticized believers who sit while praying. He taught that it's only appropriate to pray while either: standing, laying prostrate or kneeling.
My friend, it is ridiculous to scold someone for praying while sitting. Look at the picture to the left. Is that a bad thing? Sadly, faithful preachers today have to spend much of their time exposing the false doctrines of fellow professed believers who are ignorant of the Bible. Biblically, we are commanded to “Pray without ceasing” (1st Thessalonians 5:17). If we are to pray continually, without ceasing, then obviously we are permitted to pray in any and all bodily positions, and at any and all times and situations. God just wants us to pray!
God doesn't want us to have a prayer time; but rather, a life of prayer! Luke 18:1, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”
God Wants to Train Us in Persistent Faith
Why is it that God does not give to us the things that we ask, the first time we ask? The answer is plain: He would do us the far greater good of training us in persistent faith.
The things we get by our other forms of effort than prayer do not always become ours the first time we make an effort to get them.
For our own good God compels us to be persistent in our effort; just so, God does not always give us what we ask the first time we pray. Just as He would train us to be strong men and women along the other lines of effort, so also He would train us to be and make us to be strong men and women of prayer by compelling us to pray hard for the best things. He compels us to "pray through."
Many today tell us we ought not pray for the same thing a second time. Sometimes they say the way to pray is to ask God for a thing and then "take it" by faith the first time we ask.
That is true oftentimes. When we find a thing definitely promised in the Word, we can rest upon that. When we have prayed, knowing that we have asked according to God’s will, the prayer is heard, and we have received. Resting there, ask no more but claim the thing as ours.
But that is only one side of the truth. The other side is, there are times when it is not made clear the first time, nor the second time, nor the third time, that what we ask is according to His will and, therefore, the prayer is heard and the thing asked granted. In such a case we are to pray on and on and on.
While doubtless there are times when we are able through faith in the Word, or through the clear leading of the Holy Spirit, to claim a thing the first time we have asked of God, nevertheless, beyond a question there are other times when we must pray again and again and again for the same thing before we get our answer.
Those who claim that they have gotten beyond praying twice for the same thing have either gotten beyond our Master, or else they have not gotten up to Him. We are told distinctly regarding Him in Matthew 26:44, "And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words." The truth is, they have not yet gotten up to the Master, not that they have gotten beyond Him.
SOURCE: R.A. Torrey, from the sermon titled, KEEP PRAYING UNTIL GOD ANSWERS
The Soul Winner
“We are prone to categorize sin. We have a few sins that we categorize as giants ones. We list murder, adultery, homosexuality, stealing, killing, cursing, etc. Let me suggest that you put one sin at the top of the list: the sin of prayerlessness. It is the greatest of all the sins, for it includes in it a degree of atheism.”
SOURCE: Dr. Jack Hyles, a quote from the book, EXPLORING PRAYER WITH JACK HYLES, chapter 11.
The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor. The one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything.
“The Christian life should be a disciplined one. The Lord chose to call us His disciples or His 'disciplined ones.' The aforementioned schedule of prayer is not the only one, but if one would take about 30 minutes a day, he would have ample time to do all the things that are suggested, and he would be amazed as to how God would hear and answer his prayers. The things that we do spontaneously are not done regularly. The things that we do regularly by schedule do get done. Prayer should be on purpose and should be planned as a part of our daily schedule. May God help us to discipline ourselves to pray!”
SOURCE: Dr. Jack Hyles, a quote from the book, EXPLORING PRAYER WITH JACK HYLES, chapter 19.
Luke 22:44, “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly...”
Luke 5:16, “And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.”
Mark 6:46, “And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.”
Luke 6:12, “...he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”
Luke 22:41, “And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed.”
1st Peter 2:21, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.”
“There is also the danger in our special prayer groups for us to pray for others to improve, which is simply a way for us to criticize someone to a friend and place it in the disguise of spirituality and prayer. If one is going to pray for the improvement of another and mention his faults, it is best for him to go into the closet and pray alone.”
SOURCE: Dr. Jack Hyles, a quote from the book, EXPLORING PRAYER WITH JACK HYLES, chapter 46.
Mark 9:29, “And he said unto them, THIS KIND can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.”
Lord let me live from day to day,
In such a self-forgetful way,
That even when I kneel to pray,
My prayer shall be for others.
Others, Lord, yes, others;
Let this my motto be.
Help me to live for others
That I may live like Thee.
—Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001)
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." —2nd Chronicles 7:14