Bill Bright On Prayer:

 

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Reflections from the Founder of: Campus Crusade for Christ International

Originator of: "The 4 Spiritual Laws"

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               Dear Friends, 

Martin Luther, the great Protestant Reformer, once
remarked, "If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each
morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I
have so much business I cannot get on without spending
three hours daily in prayer."

...begin every morning in prayer and end the day in
prayer worshiping our Lord.


Like other great men of God, he knew that having a
strong devotional life was vital to the success of his
ministry.

Charles Spurgeon once said, "Prayer pulls the rope
down below and the great bell rings above in the ears
of God. Some scarcely stir the bell, for they pray so
languidly; others give only an occasional jerk at the
rope. But he who communicates with heaven is the man
who grasps the rope boldly and pulls continuously with
all his might."


God's Word commands us to "pray without ceasing." We
can be in prayer every moment of the day,
demonstrating our devotion to God, our thoughts
focused on the Lord, and our hearts singing with
praise and worship as we go about our daily tasks.

In my devotional life, I have found it meaningful to
begin every morning in prayer and end the day in
prayer worshiping our Lord.

...I ask Him to think with my mind, to love
with my heart, and to speak with my lips. 


As I get out of bed each morning, I worship Him
saying, "Lord, I bow before you and acknowledge you as
my Master."


Throughout the day, I focus my thoughts on the Lord,
and praise and worship Him for His goodness. I tell
the Lord that I love Him, and I thank Him for living
in me. Then, I ask Him to think with my mind, to love
with my heart, and to speak with my lips. Since He
came to seek and to save the lost, I ask Him to seek
and to save the lost through me.

In the evening, I ask, "Lord, is there anything in me
that is displeasing to you, anything that I need to
confess?"

...so that my
subconscious thoughts are on the Lord Jesus all night
long.


I then like to spend whatever time is appropriate
reading and meditating on God's Word so that my
subconscious thoughts are on the Lord Jesus all night
long.

I want God's Word to so abide in me that it will
always expose my imperfections. As the Holy Spirit
reveals my sins and weaknesses, I confess them
according to 1 John 1:9 and claim by faith God's
victory for my life. That makes prayer and the study
of God's Word an exciting adventure for me.

Yours for helping to fulfill the Great Commission each
year until our Lord returns,

-Bill Bright
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