Prayer Quote of the Week: 7        3/17/02 - 4/14/02 

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3/17/02  "It is one of the terrible marks of the diseased state of Christian life in these days, that there are so many who rest content without the distinct experience of answer to prayer.  They pray daily, they ask many things, and trust that some of them will be heard, but know little of direct definite answer to prayer as the rule of daily life.  And it is this the Father wills: He seeks daily intercourse with His children in listening to and granting their petitions."  -Andrew Murray

3/31/02  "This perpetual hurry of business and company ruins me in soul if not in body.  More solitude and earlier hours! I suspect I have been allotting habitually too little time to religious exercises, as private devotion and religious meditation, Scripture-reading, etc.  Hence I am lean and cold and hard.  I had better allot two hours or an hour and a half daily.  I have been keeping too late hours, and hence have had but a hurried half hour in a morning to myself.  Surely the experience of all good men confirms the proposition that without a due measure of private devotions the soul will grow lean.  But all may be done through prayer -- almighty prayer, I am ready to say -- and why not?  For that it is almighty is only through the gracious ordination of the God of love and truth. O then, pray, pray, pray!"  -William Wilberforce

4/7/02  "The apostles laid themselves out in prayer that their saints might be perfect; not that they should have a little relish for the things of God, but that they "might be filled with all the fullness of God." Paul did not rely on his apostolic preaching to secure this end, but "for this cause he bowed his knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Paul's praying carried Paul's converts farther along the highway of sainthood than Paul's preaching did."  -E. M. Bounds

4/14/02  "The principal cause of my leanness and unfruitfulness is owing to an unaccountable backwardness to pray. I can write or read or converse or hear with a ready heart; but prayer is more spiritual and inward than any of these, and the more spiritual any duty is the more my carnal heart is apt to start from it. Prayer and patience and faith are never disappointed. I have long since learned that if ever I was to be a minister, faith and prayer must make me one. When I can find my heart in frame and liberty for prayer, everything else is comparatively easy."  -Richard Newton

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