Prayer, when we are faithful to it and practice it at regular times, slowly leads us to an experience of rest and opens us to God’s active presence.
The Church has to come together on its knees. The people of God must repent and seek God’s will because the battle is a spiritual battle.
The more helpless you are, the better you are fitted to pray, and the more answers to prayer you will experience.
Prayer is both the air we breathe and the mother’s milk of the soul. Without prayer it is impossible to receive supernatural gifts from God.
Prayer is the breath of the soul, the organ by which we receive Christ into our parched and withered hearts.
To pray is to give Jesus permission to employ His powers in the alleviation of our distress. To pray is to let Jesus glorify His name in the midst of our needs.
We are stressing true praying, which engages and sets on fire every high element of the preacher’s being — prayer which is born of vital oneness with Christ and the fullness of the Holy Spirit, which springs from the deep, overflowing fountains of tender compassion, deathless solicitude for man’s eternal good; a consuming zeal for the glory of God; a thorough conviction of the preacher’s difficult and delicate work and of the imperative need of God’s mightiest help.
God’s command to “pray without ceasing” is founded on the necessity we have of his grace to preserve the life of God in the soul, which can no more subsist one moment without it, than the body can without air.
There is no prayer so blessed as the prayer which asks for nothing.
We would not have any think that the value of their prayers is to be measured by the clock, but our purpose is to impress on our minds the necessity of being much alone with God; and that if this feature has not been produced by our faith, then our faith is of a feeble and surface type.