The Power and Privilege of Prayer

The most overlooked, undervalued yet most essential component of Christianity is prayer. Prayer is the catalyst initiates God’s will being done on the earth. When we yield ourselves to God the Holy Spirit is able to fulfill our prayers as he works in us and through us.

Recently, I have come across numerous autobiographies of Christian leaders who confess the prayers of their parents are the only reason they are saved today. Many of these men spent years in complete rebellion to God but their parents never ceased praying for them and as a result they have eternally impacted the lives of many. You may have loved ones or friends you have been continually praying for years to come to Christ. Do not give up hope! The moment you stop praying is the moment your life will cease to be eternally effective.

Prayer is the “ladder” to heaven where heaven and earth meet. The effective of prayer is fulfilling God’s will on the earth but the essence of prayer is an intimate relationship with our heavenly Father. The pattern of Jesus’ life was to constantly withdraw from the busyness of life to pray and listen to His Heavenly Father. If it was necessary for the Son of God to do this how much essential is it for me?

Truly this is our greatest need.

Until prayer and solitude with God becomes a pattern of our lives, we cannot fully enter into the God’s plan for our life. If we are already too busy to spend time with him, as an all wise Father God is not going to give us more responsibility and assignments to distract us even further.

The life of Christ demonstrates walking in God’s will is full of activity and exhausting. Only an individual who has learned the importance of being alone with God is able to handle the demands of such a life. Before God entrusts an individual with great responsibility or a large ministry he takes them through the training ground of walking with God. For forty years Moses was learning how to walk with and constantly depend on God. Until Moses learned how to walk with God he would be unqualified and totally unable to lead Israel. God used the solitude of the desert to shape and prepare Moses to fulfill his God given destiny.

Your deserts in life are only training grounds God is using to prepare you to fulfill God’s plan for your life.

Spending time in the solitude of God’s presence is the greatest thing you could do in life. To be in God’s presence is to live in heaven on earth.

In His presence there is fullness of joy forever more. Come and find rest for your weary souls. Come discover the ocean of passionate love of your heavenly Father. Come discover who you are. You have been created in God’s image, as you discover more about your Father, you are actaully learning who you are as well.

As you learn to be alone with God, you will never be alone again! Sometimes when we are sperated  from friends and family, we feel lonely and like a child long for the embrace or comforting voice. But we need not go far because your Father is always hovering over you like a blanket of cloud. He promises:

I will never leave you. I will be with you always even to the end of the ages.

You never have to feel alone again. Your heavenly Father is not only with you, he has actaully taken up residence in your very being! In the old testment he would visit people and his presence would “perpetually live in” earthly temples. But now he has changed residences moving from a building to permanently live in the temple of your heart.

Truly he is with you always!! Never forget that. There are many important and even godly endeavours that we can do in life. But never get so busy you are distracted from walking with your heavenly Father.  When this life ends we will be judged by how we spent our time on the earth. You will regret how you spent some of our time but you will never regret a moment spent walking with your heavenly Father.

To be alone with God is to live in eternity now.


Quotes on Prayer

  • Prayer lays hold of  God’s plan and becomes the link between His will and its accomplishment on earth. Amazing things happen, and we are given the privilege of being the channels of the Holy Spirit’s prayer.
    Elisabeth Elliot
  • Worshipping God is the great essential of fitness.  If you have not been worshipping…when you get to work you  will not only be useless yourself, but a tremendous hindrance to those who are associated with you. ~ Oswald Chambers
  • Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden. ~ Corrie Ten Boom
  • Work as if you were to live a hundred years, pray as if you were to die tomorrow. ~ Benjamin Franklin
  • Prayer must carry on our work as much as preaching; he preacheth not heartily to his people that will not pray for them. ~ Richard Baxter, 1615 – 1691
  • Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused. ~ Spurgeon
  • God warms his hands at man’s heart when he prays. ~ John Masefield
  • If your day is hemmed in with prayer, it is less likely to come unraveled.
  • When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message… ~ Oswald Chambers
  • Nothing tends more to cement the hearts of Christians than praying together.  Never do they love one another so well as when they witness the outpouring of each other’s hearts in prayer. ~ Charles Finney
  • The Spirit, when He prays through us, or helps us to meet the mighty “ougthness” of right praying, trims our praying down to the will of God… ~ R.A.Torrey
  • Leaders must be released from the idea that they must be great prayer warriors before they can begin to call others to prayer. ~ David Bryant
  • In worship, God imparts himself to us. ~ C.S.Lewis
  • God shapes the world by prayer.  The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil…
  • It is possible to move men, through God, by prayer alone. ~ Hudson Taylor
  • There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer. ~ D.A.T. Pierson
  • Worship and intercession must go together, the one is impossible without the other.  Intercession means that we rouse ourselves up to get the mind of Christ about the one for whom we pray. ~ Oswald Chambers
  • The great people of the earth today are the people who pray, (not) those who talk about prayer…but I mean those who take time and pray.
  • All vital praying makes a drain on a man’s vitality.  True intercession is a sacrifice, a bleeding sacrifice. ~ J.H. Jowett
  • Work, work, from morning until late at night.  In fact, I have so much to do that I shall have to spend the first three hours in prayer. ~ Martin Luther
  • To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees. ~ Billy Graham
  • Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God. ~ Oswald Chambers
  • Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue; God’s voice is its most essential part.  Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine. ~ Andrew Murray
  • Prayer at its highest is a two-way conversation and for me the most important part is listening to God’s replies. ~ Frank C. Laubach
  • Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers. ~ J. Sidlow Baxter
  • God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede. ~ Oswald Chambers
  • To desire revival…and at the same time to neglect(personal) prayer and devotion is to wish one way and walk another. ~A.W. Tozer
  • God does not delay to hear our prayers because He has no mind to give; but that, by enlarging our desires, He may give us the more largely.
     Anselm of Canterbury
  • Prayer is not only asking, but an attitude of mind which produces the atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural. ~Oswald Chambers
  • The supreme thing is worship.  The attitude of worship is the attitude of a subject bent before the King…the fundamental thought is that of prostration, of bowing down. ~ Campbell Morgan
  • I did not see that it is the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men… ~ C.S. Lewis
  • There must be the inward worship within the shrine if there is to be outward service. ~ MacLaren
  • If Bible Christianity is to survive the present world upheaval, we shall need to have a fresh revelation of the greatness and the beauty of Jesus….  He alone can raise our cold hearts to rapture and restore again the art of true worship. ~ A.W. Tozer
  • Worship and intercession must go together, the one is impossible without the other.  Intercession means that we rouse ourselves up to get the mind of Christ about the one for whom we pray. ~ Oswald Chambers
  • Learn to worship God as the God who does wonders, who wishes to prove in you that He can do something supernatural and divine.
     Andrew Murray
  • History is silent about revivals that did not begin with prayer. ~ Edwin Orr
  • The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray.  It is not the only thing; but it is the chief thing.  The great people of the earth today are the people who pray.  I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who can explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time to pray. ~ S.D. Gordon
  • The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity…if we want to see might wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and might things which thou knowest not. ~ J. Hudson Taylor
  • All I know is that when I pray, coincidences happen; and when I don’t pray, they don’t happen. ~ Dan Hayes
  • There is a place where thou canst touch the eyes
    Of blinded men to instant, perfect sight;
    There is a place where thou canst say, “Arise”
    To dying captives, bound in chains of night;
    There is a place where thou canst reach the store
    Of hoarded gold and free it for the Lord;
    There is a place–upon some distant shore–
    Where thou canst send the worker and the Word.
    Where is that secret place–dost thou ask, “Where?”
    O soul, it is the secret place of prayer! ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Pursuing prayer is prayer on a mission.  It is diligent, fervent, constant, persevering, determined, and convinced. ~ David Bryant
  • God’s way of answering the Christian’s prayer for more patience, experience, hope, and love often is to put him into the furnace of affliction. ~ Richard Cecil
  • I have lived to thank God that not all my prayers have been answered. ~ Jean Ingelow
  • Prayer is exhaling the spirit of man and inhaling the spirit of God.
    Edwin Keith
  • To pray well is the better half of study. ~ Martin Luther
  • Prayer is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; not figures of speech, but earnestness of soul. ~ Hannah More
  • Study your prayers, a great part of my time is spent getting in tune for prayer. ~ Robert McCheyne
  • Too many women have too much leisure time for their own good.  They have time for criticism, gossip, faultfinding, and complaining.  They have time for idle games and lay too much attention to things of the flesh.  There are other women who have too little time for the enduring things of life.  They are too busy flitting about doing this and that.  They have great activity and much doing, but they lack time for building Christian characters.  Both kinds of women — the too-idle and the too-busy need to take time for meditation and quiet repose in prayer to God.  They need time to cultivate their souls that in turn they may cultivate their children’s lives. ~ Billy Graham
  • If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in its Master’s presence.  And even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back and place it again in our Lord’s presence, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour will be very well employed. ~ St.Francis de Sales
  • MAHATMA GANDHI, one of the busiest and most famous men in the world, used to set aside Monday as a Day of Silence.  He needed the stillness, he said, in order to rest his vocal cords and to promote inner harmony in his soul amid the turmoil of life around him.  I wonder what power would be released if all Christians devoted one day a week to listening to the voice of God to discern His coded message for our lives..  The Counsellor can only lead us if we receive His voice. ~Paul Brand in “In His Image” page 211
  • I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord.  The first thing to be concerned about was not, how I might serve the Lord, how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man may be nourished….  I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God and to meditation of it. ~ George Mueller of Bristol
  • How to listen to God: “We are either in the process of resisting God’s truth or in the process of being shaped and molded by his truth.” ~ Charles Stanley
  • Since God knows our future, our personalities, and our capacity to listen, He isn’t every going to say more to us than we can deal with at the moment. ~ Charles Stanley
  • We can be tired, weary and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power and strength. ~ Charles Stanley
  • An unschooled man who knows how to meditate upon the Lord has learned far more than the man with the highest education who does not know how to meditate. ~ Charles Stanley
  • Of all the things Christ wants for us, loving Him and focusing our attention on Him are the most important. ~ Charles Stanley
  • The amount of time we spend with Jesus – meditating on His Word and His majesty, seeking His face – establishes our fruitfulness in the kingdom. ~ Charles Stanley
  • I’m convinced that the man who has learned to meditate upon the Lord will be able to run on his feet and walk in his spirit.  Although he may be hurried by his vocation, that’s not the issue.  The issue is how fast his spirit is going.  To slow it down takes a period of time. ~ Charles Stanley
  • The essence of meditation is a period of time set aside to contemplate the Lord, listen to Him, and allow Him to permeate our spirits. ~ Charles Stanley

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