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Importance of Prayer

“Prayer is where the action is”
John Wesley

“No learning can make up for the failure to pray.
No earnestness, no diligence, no study, no gifts will supply its lack.”
E.M. Bounds

“If the church wants a better pastor, it only needs to pray for the one it
has.”

“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” – Oswald Chambers

“Prayer breaks all bars, dissolves all chains, opens all prisons, and widens all straits by which God’s saints have been held.” – E. M. Bounds

“If you want that splendid power in prayer, you must remain in loving, living, lasting, conscious, practical, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ.” – C. H. Spurgeon

“If the Christian does not allow prayer to drive sin out of his life, sin will drive prayer out of his life” – M.E. Andross

“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work” – Oswald Chambers

“Those persons who know the deep peace of God, the unfathomable peace that passeth all understanding, are always men and women of much prayer.” – R. A. Torrey

“Prayer is the secret of power.” – Evan Roberts

“There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.” – A.T. Pierson

“Heaven is full of answers to prayer for which no one bothered to ask” – Billy Graham

“The fruit of silence is prayer. The fruit of prayer is faith. The fruit of faith is love. The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace.” – Mother Teresa

Prayer

At the end of the day, let me not dwell on my failures or recount my disappointments.
Let my heart not be heavy over the day’s frustrations, the cold voices, and minor vexations.
Remind me that there’s so much more to life than worry, pain and trivial strife.

Let me not be blind to each tiny pleasure. Remind me that each little blessing is something to treasure. Let me hear children’s laughter, the voice of a dear friend; and let the warm memories revive me… when a long day ends. And wrap me tight in your arms, once my worries depart;
never let me forget your love, lest I forget my heart.

How much does a Prayer Weight

Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work. They had seven children and they needed food.

John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store. Visualizing the family needs, she said: “Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can.” John told her he could not give her credit, as she did not have a charge account at his store.

Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family.

The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, “Do you have a grocery list?” Louise replied, “Yes sir.” “Okay” he said, “put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries.”

Louise hesitated a moment with a bowed head. Then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.

The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement when the scale went down and stayed down. The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, “I can’t believe it.” The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales.

The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more. The grocer stood there in utter disgust.

Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement. It was not a grocery list. It was instead a prayer which said: “Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands.”

The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence. Louise thanked him and left the store. The customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to the grocer and said, “It was worth every penny of it.”

It was sometime later that the grocer discovered the scales were broken; therefore, only God knows how much a prayer weighs.

Is this your Prayer Today?

“…Nevertheless not my will, but Yours, be done” – Luke 22:42

Like many people today, I have big dreams and goals. I have desires in my heart. But my prayer now is, “God, not my will, but let Your will be done.” If a door closes, it’s no big deal; I let it go. If my plans don’t work out, no big deal; I know God has something better. I’ve learned to not get so consumed by a dream that if it doesn’t happen my way, I get all bent out of shape.

Maybe you’ve gone through a disappointment. You don’t understand it. You could easily be bitter, live with a load on your shoulder, and give up on your dreams. Realize today that God is at work in your life. He is directing your steps. What you thought was a setback is going to turn out to be a setup for a comeback! When you surrender your will to Him, when you humble yourself before Him, that’s when God can take you to another level.

Today, shake off the self-pity. Shake off the disappointment and realize that God has you in the palm of His hand. Know that He has good plans in store for your future, better than you could ever imagine! Trust Him with your whole heart today and every day!