Prayer Quote of the Month: 16 Jan. - Dec. 2007
Jan. 2007 "Real prayer comes not from gritting our teeth but from falling in love." -Richard Foster
Feb. 2007 "The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.' -Billy Graham
Mar. 2007 "Of all things, guard against neglecting God in the secret place of prayer." -William Wilberforce
2007 "The first
thing persecuted Christians ask me for is prayer."
2007 "The true aim
of prayer is to enter into conversation with God. It is not
restricted to certain hours of the day. A Christian has to feel
himself personally in the presence of God. The goal of prayer is
precisely to be with God always."
June 2007 "I have found the greatest power in the world is the power of prayer." -Cecil B. DeMille
another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and
there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the
prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
August 2007 "Without prayer the Christian life, robbed of its sweetness and beauty, becomes cold and formal, and dead; but in the secret place where God talks with his own, the Christian life grows into such a testimony of Divine power that all men will feel its influence and be touched by the warmth of its love...That, surely is the purpose of all real prayer and the end of all true service." -E. M. Bounds
September 2007 "The brethren asked Abba Agathon, "Amongst all our different activities, Father, which is the virtue that requires the greatest effort? He answered, "Forgive me, but I think there is no effort greater than praying to God. For every time a man wants to pray, his enemies, the demons, try to prevent him; for they know that nothing obstructs them so much as prayer to God. In everything else that a man undertakes, if he perseveres, he will attain rest. But in order to pray, a man must struggle to his last breath." -The Sayings of the Desert Fathers (Sixth Century)
October 2007 "The further the soul advances, the greater are the adversaries against which it must contend. Blessed are you, if the struggle grows fierce against you at the time of prayer. Do not allow your eyes to sleep or your eyelids to slumber until the hour of your death, but labor without ceasing that you may enjoy life without end." -Evagrius of Pontus (d. 399 A.D.)
November 2007 "Let all multiplicity be absent from your prayer. A single word was enough for the publican and the prodigal son to receive God's pardon...Do not try to find exactly the right words for your prayer: how many times does the simple and monotonous stuttering of children draw the attention of their father! Do not launch into long discourses, for if you do, your mind will be dissipated trying to find just the right words. The publican's short sentence moved God to mercy. A single word full of faith saved the thief." -John Climacus (d. 649 A.D.)
December 2007 "If weak in prayer, we are weak everywhere." -Leonard Ravenhill ___________________________________________________________
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