Friday, October 09, 2015
The Vision (10.9.15): A Few Quotes on Prayer
Image: Mushroom popping up after the recent rains.
And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers (Acts 2:42).
In our prayer meeting this Wednesday at CRBC, I noted prayer as one of the four marks of the church in Acts 2:42. I also shared a few quotes on prayer (below) to spur us on to this duty:
Charles Spurgeon: “We must addict ourselves to prayer.”
Martyn Lloyd-Jones: “Everything we do in the Christian life is easier than prayer.”
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 is said to have committed three hours each day to prayer. 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.”
May the Lord be pleased to make of us praying saints and a praying church.
Grace and peace, Pastor Jeff Riddle