As another year draws to a close many will be making all sorts of New Year’s resolutions tomorrow. One thing I need to hopefully work on in the coming year is more and better prayer. Prayer should be as Jonathan Edwards put it: “..as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life.”
Here are some of my favorite quotes on prayer:
In the Christian’s devotional life, prayer has an essential place. The godly men of the Bible were all men of prayer. Jesus, who showed us in Himself the ideal Christian life, had regular habits of prayer. He who would live the Christian life well, must regularly commune with God! – (J.R. Miller, “Living Victoriously!”)
If any of you should ask me for the epitome of the Christian life, I would say that it is in one word—prayer. – C. H. Spurgeon
Ask BOLDLY — do not be afraid — but come boldly to My throne of grace, that you may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Ask FREQUENTLY — I am always ready to give! I am never weary of listening to your prayers. Come whenever you are in need — I rejoice to do you good. No parent ever delighted to give to a darling child — as I delight to give to you! Therefore ask and receive, that your joy may be full.
“Open your mouth wide — and I will fill it!” That is, “I have the very blessings which you need. They are from Me — they are for you! I have the disposition to give! Do not doubt My benevolence, for this grieves My heart. I give you My word, that I will bestow My favors upon you freely, plentifully, and frequently! My Word is plain — read it; it is faithful — trust it; it is honest — plead it; it is sure — expect the fulfillment of it. I will do exceeding abundantly above all that you ask or think!” -(James Smith, “Privilege, Duty, and Promise”)
The habit of private prayer, and the constant practice of heart-communion with God—are the surest indicators of the work of the Holy spirit upon the soul. – C. H. Spurgeon
I often say my prayers
But do I ever pray?
And do the wishes of my heart
Go with the words I say?
I may as well kneel down
And worship gods of stone,
As offer to the living God
A prayer of words alone.
For words without the heart
The Lord will never hear;
Nor will He to those lips attend
Whose prayers are not sincere.
(John Burton, 1803-1877)
“Find your happiness in God–and He will give you the askings of your heart.” This is the exact rendering of Psalm 37:4, and it throws a flood of light upon the important question of–what is right prayer–and what is wrong prayer. A great deal of prayer is born of selfishness, and takes on the airs of dictating to our Heavenly Father. It is not humble supplication, born of a devout, submissive spirit; but it amounts to a demand. God’s promises to His children are not unconditional; and we may not presume to dictate to the God of wisdom and of love. (Theodore Cuyler, “Wayside Springs from the Fountain of Life” 1883)
A prayerless soul, is a Christless soul. Prayer is . . . the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. – C. H. Spurgeon
Nine times out of ten, spiritual declension1 from God begins in the neglect of private prayer. – C.H. Spurgeon
(1 moral decline)
A CALL TO PRAYER by J. C. Ryle
The Necessity of Daily Prayer by J.R. Miller
The Lord’s Prayer by Arthur Pink, 1938