Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Jesus on Prayer

In last Sunday morning’s message, we spent some time meditating on Mark 6:46: "And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray."

In this meditation I shared a few quotes on prayer (mostly drawn from Joel Beeke’s book, Overcoming the World):

Matthew Henry: "A good man is never less alone than when he is alone with God."

Joel Beeke: "Part of our problem is that we view prayer as an appendix to our work rather than as the first major part of our work. If we are to live godly lives, we must pray. If we would learn the art of sacred wrestling and holy argument with God, we must pray. Prayer is the only way to lay hold of God."

John Owen: "To preach the Word and not follow it with constant prayer for its success is to disbelieve its use, to neglect its end, and to cast away the seed of the gospel at random."

Hudson Taylor: "Do not be so busy with the work of Christ that you have no strength left for prayer."

The great Reformer Martin Luther committed three hours each day to prayer and he once said to his colleague Melanchthon, "I must rise an hour early tomorrow, for, given all that I need to do, I must spend more time in prayer."

It is said that John Welsh, the son-in-law of Scottish reformer John Knox prayed seven hours a day. He kept a robe by his bedside each night so that he would not catch cold when he rose to commune with God. He said, "I wonder how a Christian could lie in his bed all night, and not rise to pray."

May the example of Christ and the words of these fellow believers prod us on to greater faithfulness in prayer.

Grace and peace, Pastor Jeff Riddle

Note: Evangel article for 3/11/08.

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