Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. - Psalm 119:105

Discipleship

REFLECTIONS ON PRAYER

By R. C. Sproul
Various quotes from godly people and sources

"The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in." -C.S. Lewis
Various quotes from godly people and sources:
 
"The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in." -C.S. Lewis

"God can pick sense out of a confused prayer." - Richard Sibbes

"There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as prayer for him." - William Law

"If I should neglect prayer but a single day, I should lose a great deal of the fire of faith." -Martin Luther

"When Luther's puppy happened to be at the table, he looked for a morsel from his master, and watched with open mouth and motionless eyes; he (Martin Luther) said, 'Oh, if I could only pray the way this dog watches the meat! All his thoughts are concentrated on the piece of meat. Otherwise he has no thought, wish or hope.' " Luthers Tabletalk

"What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more novel methods' but men whom the Holy Ghost can use- men of prayer, men mighty in prayer." -E.M Bounds

"I have been benefited by praying for others; for by making an errand to God for them I have gotten something for myself." -Samuel Rutherford

"He that cannot pray, let him go to sea, and there he will learn."- John Trapp

"God never denied that soul anything that went as far as heaven to ask for it." -John Trapp

"Cold prayers always freeze before they reach heaven ." - Thomas Brooks

"I fear John Knox's prayers more than an army of ten thousand men." Mary, Queen of Scotland

"But Someone will say, Does He not know without a monitor both what our difficulties are, and what is meet for our interest, so that it seems i n some measure superfluous to solicit Him by our prayers, as if He were winking, or even sleeping, until aroused by the sound of our voice? Those who argue thus attend not to the end for which the Lord taught us to pray. It is not so much for His sake as for ours. He wills indeed, as is just, that due honor be paid Him by acknowledging that all which men desire or feel to be useful, and pray to obtain, is derived from Him. But even the benefit of the homage which we thus pay Him rebounds to ourselves." -John Calvin

"I had rather stand against the cannons of the wicked than against the prayers of the righteous." - Thomas Lye

"Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to His will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgement of His mercies." - Westmlnster Shorter Catechism

"The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer fetched the angel: - Thomas Watson

"Christ went more readily 'ad crucem' (to the cross), than we do to the throne of grace." - Thomas Watson

"When thou prayest, rather let they heart be without words than thy words without heart." - John Bunyon

"YOU can do more than pray, after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed" - John Bunyon

"Prayer will make man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer": - John Bunyon

"Prayer is the converse of the soul with God. Therein we manifest or express to Him our reverence, and love for His divine perfection, our gratitude for all His mercies, our penitence for our sins, our hope in His forgiving love, our submission to His authority, our confidence in His care, our desires for His favour, and for the providential and spiritual blessings needed for ourselves and others." - Charles Hodge

"Yea, but we have waited a longtime Well, but yet know that you are at the right door." - Jeremiah Burroughs

"More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.' - Alfred Lord Tennyson

MYSTIC SWEET COMMUNION

"0 Lord, by all Thy dealings with us, whether of joy or pain, of light or darkness, let us be brought to Thee. Let us value no treatment of Thy grace simply because it makes us happy or because it makes us sad, because it gives us or denies what we want; but may all that Thou sendest us bring us to Thee, that, knowing Thy perfectness, we may be sure in every disappointment that Thou art still loving us, and in every darkness that Thou art still enlightening us, and in every enforced idleness that Thou art still using us; yea, in every death that Thou art giving us life, as in His death Thou didst give life to Thy Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen." - Phillips Brooks

"My God, I pray that I may so know You and love You that I may rejoice in You. And if I may not do so fully in this life let me go steadily on to the day when I come to that fullness. . . Meanwhile let my mind meditate on it, let my tongue speak of it, let my heart love it, let my mouth preach it, let my soul hunger for it, my flesh thirst for it and my whole being desire it until I enter into the joy of my Lord." -Anselm

"Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, You know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, through the worthiness of Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen ." - from The Book of Common Prayer

"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that 1 am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.1 hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I believe that if I do this you will be with me though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will! Trust You always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death, I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone." -Anonymous

"0 God, early in the morning do I cry unto Thee. Help me to pray and to think only of Thee. I cannot pray alone. In me there is darkness. But with Thee there is light." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Apologist's Evening Prayer

From all my lame defeats and oh! Much more From all the victories that I seem to score ;

From cleverness shot forth on Thy behalf At which, while angels weep, the audience laugh; From all my proofs of Thy divinity, Thou, who wouldst give no sign, deliver me.

Thoughts are but coins. Let me not trust, instead of Thee, their thin-worn image of Thy head. From all my thoughts, even from my thoughts of Thee 0 Thou fair Silence fall, and set me free. Lord of the narrow gate and the needle's eye, Take from me all my trumpery lest I die. -C.S. Lewis

Prepared by R.C. Sproul

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