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843 total votes have been cast on this survey | 70 user comments  ( edit survey )

Please Describe Your Prayer Life.
Created: 12/13/2003 | Last Vote: 8 years ago | Comment: 10 years ago
Disclaimer: These surveys are created by PLUS or FULL Members of the site and, unless specified, are not created by the SermonAudio staff nor do they necessarily reflect the site's position on any topic.

 •   I pray to God for many and often find new ways to pray. I pray often with others.
  49% | 413 votes

 •   I follow formulas for prayer that I've been taught.
  5% | 44 votes

 •   When I do pray, prayer is a struggle.
  25% | 214 votes

 •   Why bother?
  1% | 11 votes

 •   Other
  14% | 114 votes

 •   No answer. Skip this survey, I do not care to vote on this topic.
  6% | 47 votes

   

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Survey8/28/09 1:07 PM
on trial  Find all comments by on trial
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"I asked the Lord that I might grow,
In faith and love and every grace,
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek more earnestly His face.

It was He who taught me thus to pray,
And He I trust has answered prayer.
But it has been in such a way,
As almost drove me to despair.

I hoped that in some favored hour,
At once He'd answer my request.
And by His love's constraining power,
Subdue my sins and give me rest.

Instead of this, He made me feel,
The hidden evils of my heart.
And let the angry powers of hell,
Assault my soul in every part.

Yes, more with His own hand, He seemed,
Intent to aggravate my woe.
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.

"Lord, why is this?" I trembling cried.
Will You pursue Your worm to death?"
"This is the way" the Lord replied,
"I answer prayer for grace and strength."

"These inward trials I employ,
From self, and pride, to set you free;
And break your schemes of earthly joy,
That you may find thy all in Me."
(John Newton)

Newton does it better than me!


Survey4/11/09 7:16 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
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From [URL=http://www.godrules.net/library/pink/249pink1.htm]]]AW Pink[/URL]
[Here is encouragement to prayer. There is no cause for fearing that the petitions of the righteous will not be heard, or that their sighs and tears shall escape the notice of God, since He knows the thoughts and intents of the heart. There is no danger of the individual saint being overlooked amidst the multitude of supplicants who daily and hourly present their various petitions, for an infinite Mind is as capable as paying the same attention to millions as if only one individual were seeking its attention. So too the lack of appropriate language, the inability to give expression to the deepest longing of the soul, will not jeopardize our prayers, for 'It shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear' ( Isaiah 65:24).]

[God’s knowledge of the future is as complete as is His knowledge of the past and the present, and that, because the future depends entirely upon Himself.]

[Were it in anywise possible for something to occur apart from either the direct agency or permission of God, then that something would be independent of Him, and He would at once cease to be Supreme.]

Thanks Charles, we'll see...


Survey4/10/09 7:14 PM
prince charles | wales  Find all comments by prince charles
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Thx john, i should add that in the summer i also sit in the conservatory and sing a song or two which is also the place of my private devotions (in the summer) i just realised that i dont tend to do the songs in the winter whyever not ?dunno

anyway you could perhaps consider a brief sabbatical on anglesey during the forthcoming summer season ? depending upon the state of business you may find yourself obliged to carry out menial taske in the workshop whilst listening to hours of SA or, if leisure permits a spot of sailing and fishing - think it over anyway there are oppurtunities for painting and perhaps my friend philip snow could assist your artistic direction.


Survey4/10/09 5:11 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
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prince charles wrote:
well john i cant answer your questions but if its any good i will tell you about my prayer life
Thanks Charles, that's really interesting. Good routine.

Survey4/10/09 4:48 PM
prince charles | wales  Find all comments by prince charles
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well john i cant answer your questions but if its any good i will tell you about my prayer life

i mostly pray in the shower because its a place i like to be and cleansing water is running over me and i dont get disturbed and that is in the morning. Then i have breakfast and read the bible as i eat, if i havent had a shower then i pray.

Its always solitary unless i visit my friend Julia then we pray together. Church is to far away to attend for prayer meetings

I always say the Lords prayer first. Then i try to structure my prayer around the Lords prayer, I identify Him as the God who took Israel out of egypt and took me from same and recount some of His works briefly, then i consider the millenium the kingdom to come and that causes me to put the present in its proper perspective. so then the following subjects will be the typical petitions during the week but not each every day

Thy will be done so that is my church and the brethren and the misionary work and our pastor and elders i ask that He will make me brave like david, wise like solomon, faithful like job, obedient like Jesus,

then my work - daily bread

i confess my sin and unworthiness to be one of the elect but thank Him for it usualy i ask that he might let me be used in some way


Survey4/10/09 4:36 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
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Candle Lit wrote:
In earlier posts, I mentioned the godly lady who died who was trusting in the Lord to heal her. What I didn't mention was that she was Pentecostal. It was my first experience with people who emphasisized the gifts of the spirit, such as healing, speaking in tongues, etc. I know that there is something to it, but I have also seen the abuses. I am a thinking person, and just not drawn to seeking spiritual experiences, so I'm not drawn to this, though I do think there is a powerlessness in the body today, and, I would like to pray with expectation.
Have a blessed day, John.
Good afternoon Candle Lit

I hope your trapped nerve improves soon, that is very painful.

I had several years experience in pentecostal and charismatic churches, and found very little that was helpful. I reckon most if not all the 'tongue' speaking was of the flesh, false prophecies were given all the time, worship was shallow, doctrine all-confusion, gospel corrupted or nonexistant, name it claim it lunatics deluded.

I knew a woman called Mary who was badly depressed. If I asked her how she was, she would say, "Fine, thank you." Due to Ken Copeland heretical teaching! Yuk!

Such damage going on today in peoples' lives.


Survey4/10/09 1:15 PM
Candle Lit  Find all comments by Candle Lit
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Good afternoon, John,

I won't be able to contribute to the boards today, as I can barely move my neck due to a pinched nerve..

I did want to say that I look forward to reading the discussion on this issue of prayer, as I find it a weakness in my own life. The questions that you ask are questions I have, as well.

As to Mr. Cheung and his writing on the cessationists: I find his writing and reasoning a compelling argument for the continuation of the gifts. It's a shame that he dilutes his argument by attacking John MacArthur's views. There was no need. Let each man's argument stand.

In earlier posts, I mentioned the godly lady who died who was trusting in the Lord to heal her. What I didn't mention was that she was Pentecostal. It was my first experience with people who emphasisized the gifts of the spirit, such as healing, speaking in tongues, etc. I know that there is something to it, but I have also seen the abuses. I am a thinking person, and just not drawn to seeking spiritual experiences, so I'm not drawn to this, though I do think there is a powerlessness in the body today, and, I would like to pray with expectation.

Have a blessed day, John.


Survey4/10/09 8:12 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
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When I was very involved in church life, there was always plenty to pray about, and I remember the midweek prayer-meeting when if you weren't quick, you never got in at all. Such an urgency, with souls to pray for, and ministries needing the ongoing blessing of the Lord. But times have changed, sadly. The world has speeded up. Labour saving devices seem to take up more time than less. The church has become largely self-sufficient.

And then, what IS prayer? I would love to hear a definition of it. Is it, for example, a consciousness of the Lord continually 24/7, an awareness of living in the spiritual realm, a loving fellowship with Jesus without words needed, a yearning deep within for Spirit-led burdens needing no voice, a liturgy of words formulated, a simple dialogue between a child and their Father? And why do folks close their eyes when praying?

How does God's sovereignty affect prayer? If I don't pray, will that have any effect? If I pray for a safe journey and subsequently have a collision, what was the purpose of my prayer? If I pray that I might have a collision and arrive safely, ditto?

Is it possible to waste life-time by praying? Or is praying dependent on being filled with all the fulness of God? Should we, like Mueller, have faith for provision? Etc.


Survey2/18/08 10:18 PM
Peter J | Queensland, Australia  Contact via emailFind all comments by Peter J
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Have a listen to a sermon called "Serving God is no easy thing" by Dr Alan Cairns - available on sermonaudio. It is part of a big series on prayer and is well worth listening to. They are not long sermons as they were only devotions at prayer meetings. Still, they run to 30 minutes or more. Great stuff!

Survey2/18/08 3:49 PM
Lisa | Wales  Find all comments by Lisa
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I too am Gentile messianic. Do you have fellowship?I have some websites if you want...(Love ya bro...)
L

[URL=http://beyondcamp.net/]]]http://beyondcamp.net/[/URL]


Survey2/17/08 1:26 PM
Simon | Wisconsin  Find all comments by Simon
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Gentile-Messianic
See: artscroll.com

Lisa wrote:
Simon-are you a messianic believer?
What is the prayer book you refer to-I have never heard of it before?
(Baruk Habah bashem adonai...)

Survey2/13/08 2:15 AM
Faithful Remnant  Find all comments by Faithful Remnant
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Hi Donnie. I just wish to be faithful in all things. One good way to strengthen faith is to let God speak by the Scriptures and pray accordingly also. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. We have this promise

Survey2/13/08 12:20 AM
Donnie | New Jersey  Find all comments by Donnie
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Faithful Remnant,

It's good to read your input. You certainly mentioned 3 strong "points". I found it discouraging that there was hardly any input in here tonight on such an important matter as prayer is. You seem to be "right on" as I read your comments, etc. from time to time!


Survey2/13/08 12:00 AM
Faithful Remnant  Find all comments by Faithful Remnant
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My prayer life revolves primarily around the psalms and the Lord's prayer, also the New Testament.

Survey2/12/08 9:24 PM
Lurker | USA  Protected NameFind all comments by Lurker
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Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard [it], and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. (Mal 3:16-17)

Survey2/12/08 9:09 PM
Donnie | New Jersey  Find all comments by Donnie
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If I may add my comments......

This topic regarding one's prayer life is, I believe, one of the most important/edifying topics I have seen here lately. I mean this with all my heart.

I struggle with "true prayer" so much each and every day. I hope and pray others will respond in "these rooms" as to how to help one who has struggled a long time with "true prayer".

I don't mean that other topics in this forum are not important, but I believe this topic of "prayer" is at the "top of the list" as far as I'm concerned.

Thanks much for whoever suggested this most important topic for discussion!


Survey2/12/08 5:41 PM
Lisa | Wales  Find all comments by Lisa
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Simon-are you a messianic believer?
What is the prayer book you refer to-I have never heard of it before?
(Baruk Habah bashem adonai...)

Survey2/11/08 9:09 PM
Simon | Wisconsin  Find all comments by Simon
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I use the Complete Artscroll Siddur daily

Survey4/22/07 5:34 AM
Penitent Praying | Public Prayers  Find all comments by Penitent Praying
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Acknowledge our great sinfulness, First, by reason of original sin, which (beside the guilt that makes us liable to everlasting damnation) is the seed of all other sins, hath depraved and poisoned all the faculties and powers of soul and body, doth defile our best actions, and (were it not restrained, or our hearts renewed by grace) would break forth into innumerable transgressions, and greatest rebellions against the Lord that ever were committed by the vilest of the sons of men. Next, by reason of actual sins, our own sins, the sins of magistrates, of politicians, and of the whole nation, unto which we are many ways accessory: which sins of ours receive many fearful aggravations, we having broken all the commandments of the holy, just, and good law of God, doing that which is forbidden, and leaving undone what is enjoined; and that not only out of ignorance and infirmity, but also more presumptuously, against the light of our minds, checks of our consciences, and motions of his own Holy Spirit to the contrary, so that we have no cover for our sins. Yea, not only despising the riches of God's goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, but standing out against many invitations and offers of grace in the gospel; not endeavouring, as we ought, to receive Christ into our hearts.

Survey11/6/06 2:37 AM
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I think we can all agree that prayer is one of the most difficult things in a Christian's life. But here are some things that have been a help to me to keep in mind:

1) Read God's Word before AND while you pray. What I mean is, *start* by reading God's Word.. just a few verses if need be. Then be "lead" to pray by what you read or what is heavy on your heart. Then, as you pray, you may be directed to other passages to read. Intermingle reading and praying as a natural flow.

2) Don't follow a rigid list of prayer items. I don't mean you shouldn't or cannot pray for items, but treat the activity of prayer like speaking and holding conversation (or "communion" if you will) with a REAL person. Because the LORD *IS* a real person after all! Speak with Him as a friend speaks to a friend -- but with reverence. Prayer should be a delight just as you enjoy speaking with earthly friends. But THIS friend is that friend that sticks closer than a brother -- AND He can *answer* your prayers and problems too!

3) Be "always" in prayer. Don't feel that you need to relegate prayer to a certain place or time. The activity of prayer should be as natural and continuous as the activity of breathing air. Remember, He's always there to hear you. Speak with Him as with a friend.

God bless!

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