How important is a spirit of prayer! It is¬†the proof of regeneration,¬†the manifestation of grace in our hearts, and¬†the evidence our title to mansions in the skies!
Prayer is¬†the breath of the renewed soul,¬†the beating of the sanctified heart, and¬†the effect of the life of God within us.
O that I had prayed more!¬†Prayer should become a¬†habit¬†with us--then everything would furnish us with matter for prayer. Prayer should mingle with our pleasures and our pains, with our labor and our rest. O for more prayer!
We should never¬†do¬†what we cannot pray God to bless.¬†We should never¬†go¬†where we cannot ask God to go with us.
If we would hold fast our profession,¬†if we would adorn the gospel,¬†if we would honor Jesus, ¬†if we would enjoy our mercies,¬†if we would get good by our trials,¬†if we would see all things working together for good,¬†if we would conquer¬†Satan,¬†if we would overcome the¬†world,¬†if we would crucify the¬†flesh¬†with its affections and lust--then¬†we must pray!
Prayer, if it is believing prayer,¬†opens Heaven to us,¬†unveils the glorious face of God, and¬†brings down foretastes of the joys of paradise. Prayer¬†makes us a match for all our foes,¬†enables us patiently to carry every cross, and with perseverance to climb and pass over the loftiest hills we meet with on our heaven-bound pilgrimage!
Those who pray, will, by deriving¬†strength¬†from Heaven, by drawing down¬†wisdom¬†from above to withstand every storm, and shout God's praises at last.
Tempted¬†Christian--pray, and you will overcome every temptation.
Troubled¬†Christian--pray, and God will deliver you out of every trouble.
Perplexed¬†Christian--pray, and God will make your way plain before your face.
Doubting¬†Christian--pray, and God will disperse your doubts, and chase your fears away.
Trembling¬†Christian--pray, and God will strengthen you with strength in the soul.¬†
Sick¬†Christian--pray, and God will make all your bed in your affliction.
Dying¬†Christian--pray, and death will lose all its terrors, and you will gently fall asleep in Jesus.¬†
Lost sinner--pray, for God who heard the publican and justified him, will hear you and save you.¬†
O for the grace of prayer, that we may in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present our requests to God.
"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful."¬†Colossians 4:2