Luke 11:1"Lord, teach us to pray"Luke 11:1And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
[b]Five Conditions of Prevailing Prayer[/b]1. Entire dependence upon the merits and mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ, as the only ground of any claim for blessing. (see John 14:13-14; 15:16 etc.)2. Separation from all known sin. If we regard iniquity in our hearts, the Lord will not hear us, for it would be sanctioning sin. (Psalm 66:18)3. Faith in God's word of promise as confirmed by His oath. Not to believe Him is to make Him both a liar and a perjurer. (Hebrews 11:6; 6:13-20)4. Asking in accordance with His will. Our motives must be godly; we must not seek any gift of God to consume it upon our lusts. (1 John 5:14; James 4:3)5. Importunity in supplication. There must be waiting on God and waiting for God, as the husbandman has long patience to wait for the harvest. (James 5:7 ; Luke 18:1-8)-from George Muller's Narratives
"If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business, I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer."Martin LutherHe had a motto:"He that has prayed well has studied well."
You know the value of prayer: it is precious beyond all price. Never, never neglect it.Sir Thomas BuxtonPrayer is the first thing, the second thing, the third thing necessary to a minister. Pray, then, my dear brother; pray, pray pray.Edward Payson