Prayer: The Greatest Work
Everything that has ever been accomplished for the Kingdom of God has had its roots in prayer. Every soul saved, every church begun, every missionary sent were all the result of earnest, prevailing prayer. The heights and depths of prayer — its vastness is a reflection of the origin of prayer — God Himself. The more I pray, the more I read about prayer, it seems the less I know. When I have established a plan of prayer, God comes by the power of the Holy Spirit and shows me something new.
As I share with you some of the principles I have learned in the past fifty years, I am aware that there is so much more that could be shared. However, I pray that you who read these words will find help for your prayer life. As Andrew Murray says, it is: “With Christ In The School of Prayer” — a school that we never graduate from!!
The Place of Prayer in the Life of the Believer
Andrew Murray wrote, “People think that what God wills must inevitably take place. This is by no means the case. God wills a great deal of blessing to His people which never comes to them...This is the great mystery of man’s creation with a free will...that God has made the execution of His will, in many things, dependent on the will of man.”
The Power of Prayer
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things that you do not know.” The power of prayer is no more or less than the mighty power of God released through the life of a believer who stops being an obstacle to God. The power is God’s alone.
“Prayer is as vast as God because He is behind it. Prayer is as mighty as God because He has committed Himself to answer it.” Leonard Ravenhill
“Prayer is the key that unlocks all the storehouse of God’s infinite grace and power. All that God is, and all that God has, is at the disposal of prayer.” R.A. Torrey
“The one concern of Satan is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work or prayeriess religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.” Samuel Chadwick
“Prayer is not so much getting things from God as it is getting God’s viewpoint about things. It is submitting to God, not using God. It is seeking God’s will rather than demanding my own. Prayer is as much listening to God as it is talking to God. It is dialogue, not monologue. Prayer is spending time with God for His own sake — not just asking and running. Prayer’s preoccupation is the glory of God’s name, the coming of God’s kingdom, the doing of God’s will. True prayer is simply to know God!” Richard C. Halverson
“Prayer is the way the life of God within is nourished. The Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself. Prayer doesn’t change things - prayer changes me and I change things; my concept of God, myself and others.” Oswald Chambers
Prayer is — Points and Scriptures
1. Communication with God (Mathew 6:9) “Our Father Who is in Heaven.”
2. Based on Relationship (John 14:6) “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.’”
3. Getting God’s Viewpoint (Isaiah 55: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
4. Submitting to God (Romans 12:1) “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”
5. Seeking God’s Will (Luke 22:42) “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from me, yet not my will, but (always) Yours, be done.”
The essential act of prayer is not the bending of God’s will to ours, but the bending of our will to His. http://www.bolm.org/Articles/Prayer%20The%20Greatest%20Work.pdf
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