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“The real value of persistent prayer is not so much that we get what we want as that we become the person we should be.”

— Yancey, Philip (2008-09-02). Prayer (Kindle Locations 3319-3320). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

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“Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed. O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.” – Psalm 65:1-2

“Push, push, push!” doesn’t have a place in prayer. Quiet waiting works better.

You asked what Moses did on the mountain for a week when he came to meet with Me, or Elijah by the brook as the water dried up, or Jesus all night in prayer? They just waited for Me. I don’t come on cue. I call to prayer. The whole world waits for Me and My timing is always right.

— November 7, 2011

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“Prayer is not a lottery that we have a chance in a million of winning. Prayer is a response to a promise, and God pledges His nature that He will hear and answer our prayers. This is a glorious inspiration to pray.”

— JUDSON CORNWALL. Praying The Scriptures – Rev. (p. 77). Kindle Edition.

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Off The Hook

Elijah was the same kind of person as we are. He prayed earnestly that there would be no rain, and no rain fell on the land for three and a half years. Once again he prayed, and the sky poured out its rain and the earth produced its crops. — James 5:17-18 (Good News Translation)

We want to think men and women of the Bible were somehow different, more holy or more powerful. It sort of lets us off the hook when we see their prayers answered and ours not. But it also robs us of expecting much when we pray.

The Bible says they were just like us with the same passions, feelings, struggles we have. Don’t see it as a hook to get off of, see it as an opportunity to grow and a privilege to appreciate.

God worked in their lives and he will work in ours if we grasp both this fact and faith in Christ.

Prayer:Thank you, Father, that as I stand in the righteousness that Jesus died to give I can pray like any other man or woman in the Bible and know you hear and answer. Amen.

— fritz

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Two Beneficial Decisions

I recently made two decisions which have helped me a lot:

  1. Twice a day stop what I’m doing and pray for 15 minutes.

    The world will not fall apart if I don’t answer the phone or return a e-mail for 15 minutes

  2. Stop talking.

    My faith project is to say nothing I don’t have to say. Apart from a friendly, “Hello”, or to answer (succinctly) a question asked directly to me, I purpose to be quiet. Oh! It’s difficult for someone so loquacious but I’m getting better and it’s been such a blessing, especially with my kids!

    Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath — James 1:19

Sound Bite: Pray more, talk less
Also see:Learning To Pray” – June 25, 2011

— fritz

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Judson Cornwall 1924-2005

“Prayer comes as natural as breathing when God is the only resources available.” — Judson Cornwall, Praying the Scriptures

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If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? … If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? – Jesus (Luke 11:11-13)

Some are afraid to ask for God’s Holy Spirit, afraid to commit fully to Christ — afraid he may require a change too hard or allow an experience too painful.

Not so. Jesus assures that when asked for his Holy Spirit it will be good — not something too hard (a stone) or something which will bite back (a serpent).

How could we expect otherwise.

— fritz

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