Monday, October 10, 2016

It Takes Prayer

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Praise ye the Lord; our God to praise
my soul its utmost power shall raise,
alone with friends, and in the throng
of saints his praise shall be my song.
 —Psalm 111:1
Suggested tune: Duke Street (LM)

When you search for me, you will find me, if you seek me with all your heart.
—Jeremiah 29:13
It takes prayer to minister. It takes life, the highest form of life, to minister. Prayer is the highest intelligence, the profoundest wisdom, the most vital, the most joyous, the most efficacious, the most powerful of all vocations. It is life, radiant, transporting, eternal life. Away with dry forms, with dead, cold habits of prayer! Away with sterile routine, with senseless performances and petty playthings in prayer! Let us get at the serious work, the chief business of humanity—that of prayer. Let us work at it skillfully. Let us seek to be adept at this great work of praying. Let us be master-carpenters, in this high art of praying. Let us be so in the habit of prayer, so devoted to prayer, so filled with its rich spices, so ardent by its holy flame, that all heaven and earth will be perfumed by its aroma, and nations yet in the womb will be blessed by our prayers. Heaven will be fuller and brighter in glorious inhabitants, earth will be better prepared for its bridal day, and hell robbed of many of its victims, because we have lived to pray.
 —E.M. Bounds
Lord, teach me to pray. Give me the words. Change my priorities. Fill me with the desire to come to you when I need you, and an even greater desire to come to you when I think I don't need you...
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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