Prayer Quote of the Month: 16         Jan. - Dec. 2007


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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

Apr. 2007 "The first thing persecuted Christians ask me for is prayer."
-Brother Andrew

May 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."   
-Georges Florovsky

June 2007 "I have found the greatest power in the world is the power of prayer." -Cecil B. DeMille

July 2007 "And 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.
And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. 
-Rev. 8:3-5

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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