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The purposes of prayer

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If you want your life to count for eternity, let me encourage you to begin devoting yourself to prayer. Embrace this fact: Your creator loves you and wants to talk to you. Try to set aside an hour or so. It may seem like your mind wanders and you’re not getting much traction, but if you stick…
By Seth Barnes

orphans praying 2If you want your life to count for eternity, let me encourage you to begin devoting yourself to prayer.

Embrace this fact: Your creator loves you and wants to talk to you. Try to set aside an hour or so. It may seem like your mind wanders and you’re not getting much traction, but if you stick with it, it will bear fruit.

The fruit in my life has been a function of my commitment to prayer. I encourage you to discover the secret of a life committed to prayer. Here are some of the reasons why you should:

“Prayer imparts the power to walk and not
faint.”

– Oswald Chambers

“Prayer is not getting things from God, that is
the most initial stage; prayer is getting into perfect communion with God” – Oswald Chambers

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger
men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your
tasks.”

– Phillips Brooks

“Prevailing prayer is prayer that pushes right
through all difficulties and obstacles, drives back all the opposing forces of
Satan, and secures the will of God. Its purpose is to accomplish God’s will on
earth. Prevailing prayer is prayer that not only takes the initiative but
continues on the offensive for God until spiritual victory is won.” – Wesley L.
Duewel

“When we become too glib in prayer we are most
surely talking to ourselves.” – A.W. Tozer

“No man – I don’t care how colossal his intellect
– No man is greater than his prayer life.”

– Leonard Ravenhill

“He who is too busy to pray will be too busy to
live a holy life. Satan had rather we let the grass grow on the path to
our prayer chamber than anything else.” – E.M. Bounds

“I saw something today which affected me more
than anything I ever saw or read on religion. While the battle was raging and
the bullets were flying, Jackson
rode by, calm as if he were at home, but his head was raised toward heaven, and
his lips were moving evidently in prayer.”

– William J. Federer on
Stonewall Jackson.

“The devil is not terribly frightened of our
human efforts and credentials. But he knows his kingdom will be damaged when we
begin to lift up our hearts to God.” – Jim Cymbala.

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