Prayer Quote of the  Month: 9                  Nov. 2002 - Feb. 2003

   

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Nov. 2002 "The prayers of Holy men appease God's wrath, drive away temptations, resist and overcome the devil, procure the ministry and service of angels, rescind the decrees of God.  Prayer cures sickness and obtains pardon; it arrests the sun in its course and stays the wheels of the chariot of the moon; it rules over all gods and opens and shuts the storehouses of rain; it unlocks the cabinet of the womb and quenches the violence of fire; it stops the mouths of lions and reconciles our suffering and weak faculties with the violence of torment and violence of persecution; it pleases God and supplies all our need."  -Jeremy Taylor

Dec. 2002 "As it is the business of tailors to make clothes, and the business of cobblers to mend shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray!"  -Martin Luther

Jan. 2003 "The mighty men of God, who throughout the centuries have wrought great things by prayer, are the men who have had much painful toil in prayer.  Take for example, David Brainerd, that physically feeble, but spiritually mighty man of God. Trembling for years on the verge of consumption (tuberculosis), from which he ultimately died at an early age, Brainerd felt led of God to labor among the North American Indians in the early days (1700's), in the primeval forests of Northern Pennsylvania, and sometimes of a winter night he would go out into the forest and kneel in the cold snow when it was a foot deep and so labor with God in prayer that he would be wringing wet with perspiration even out in the cold winter night hours.  And God heard David Brainerd, and sent such a mighty revival among the North American Indians as had never been heard of before, as indeed had never been dreamed about."  -R. A. Torrey (of David Brainerd)

Feb. 2003 "Our whole being must be in our praying; like John Knox, we must say and feel, 'Give me Scotland or I die.'  Our experience and revelations of God are born of our costly sacrifice, of our costly conflicts, our costly praying.  The wrestling and all night praying of Jacob made an era never to be forgotten in Jacob's life, brought God to the rescue, changed Esau's attitude and conduct, changed Jacob's character, saved and affected his life and entered into the habits of a nation."  -E. M. Bounds

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