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 You can pray

Christian Quotation of the Day

August 6, 2006


In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I
say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will
give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name.
Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
-- John 16:23-24 (ESV)



Well, to begin with, you can pray. Pray!, you say
scornfully, pray! I knew it would all fizzle out, and come to
nothing. I could pray!

Yes, you could pray, and, whatever you may think about it,
using it as a poor makeshift of a thing much lower than a
second-best, not really a best at all, on which men fall back
only when they can do nothing effectively, and are too fidgety
to be able to do nothing at all, Christ holds that prayer is a
tremendous power which achieves what, without it, was a sheer
impossibility. And this amazing thing you can set into
operation. And the fact that you are not so using it, and
simply don't believe in it and its efficiency and efficacy as
our fathers did, and that so many nowadays agree with you, is
certainly a major reason why the churches are so cold, and the
promises seem so tardy of fulfillment.

... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954)
Experience Worketh Hope, p. 58 [1944]

Mike Balog

 2006/8/6 0:21Profile

Joined: 2002/12/11
Posts: 37450
"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11

 Re: You can pray

certainly a major reason why the churches are so cold, and the
promises seem so tardy of fulfillment.

Let us press into prayer, believing prayer! that will see results. God move. may we believe.

SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2006/8/6 0:32Profile

 Re: You can pray

I could pray!

Don Francisco has an old ballad called the Duke and Duchess Song, in which he describes the obscenity of riches while outside people are starving - craving just a crust of bread. The punchline of the song (imho) is the line

'..while high above the King of kings hears every little prayer!'

How that thought has encouraged me, when I could not even put voice (let alone words) to the cries of my heart.

Let us cultivate an attitude of communicating with the Lord through the Spirit continually, and of bearing our real hearts to Him in everything, that we may find Him faithful. This surely is the platform from which other 'believing prayer' is both believable [i]and receivable[/i], both by us and Him.

 2006/8/6 10:19

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