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Prayer

by on January 30, 2011

From the Westminster Catechism Question 178: What is prayer?

Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, in the name of Christ, by the help of his Spirit, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies. (references: Psalm 62:8, John 16:23b, Romans 8:26, Psalm 32:5-6, Daniel 9:4a; Philippians 4:6)

and I wanted to include the rather lengthy quote I read by C.H. Spurgeon:

“It is interesting how large a portion of Sacred Writ is occupied with the subject of prayer, either in furnishing examples, enforcing precepts, or pronouncing promises.  We scarcely open the Bible before we read, “Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord;” and just as we are about to close the volume, the “Amen” of an earnest supplication meets our ear.  Instances are plentiful.  Here we find a wrestling Jacob-there a Daniel who prayed three times a day-and a David who with all his heart called upon his God.  On the mountain we see Elijah; in the dungeon Paul and Silas.  We have multitudes of commands, and myriads of promises.  What does this teach us, but the sacred importance and necessity of prayer?  We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in his Word, he intended to be conspicuous in our lives.  If he has said much about prayer, it is because he knows we have much need of it.” –from Morning and Evening, a.m. 2 Jan

Here are links to the books mentioned in the lesson today if you want to read and study some more on prayer:

How committed are you to praying?

Will you learn to pray better?

Will you pray persistently

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