February, 2012

Reflections on Prayer

” .  .  .  .  praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me .  .  .”   ~Eph. 6: 18

A good prayer mustn’t be too long.  Do not draw it out.  Prayer ought to be frequent and fervent.  ~Martin Luther

Listen, my friend!  Your helplessness is your best prayer.  It calls from your heart to the heart of God with greater effect than all your uttered pleas.  He hears it from the very moment that you are seized with helplessness, and He becomes actively engaged at once in hearing and answering the prayer of your helplessness.  ~O. Hallesby

A friend mentioned something E. Stanley Jones wrote in connection with prayer:  this has been a help to me:  If your mind wanders to something else when you’re praying, Dr. Jones suggested, pray for that something else.

Another part of faithfulness in praying for others is not to wait until a convenient, quiet time—rather, to pray in the midst of life’s pressure.

God can stir our minds to pray: God can bring an image from the past, or from a far distant place, before our mind’s eye, and lead us to pray.

Prayer may be our children’s greatest enlightenment that we have concerns for people and situations beyond our own family circle.

~Joseph Bayly