Amazing things start happening when we start praying: Direction, peace, love, insight, and forgiveness burst onto the scene. Prayer time is never wasted time. Charles Spurgeion taught, “Sometimes we think we are too busy to pray. That is a great mistake, for praying is a savings of time.” A.J. Gordon added, “You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.”
“The best prayers have often more groans than words” (John Bunyan). “Honestly, I had reached a point where I could hardly pray about my needs because they were so many. The only prayer I could manage was “Help!”, and I remember passionately offering it to God over thirty times until I experienced a breakthrough” (John Mason).
Psalms declares, “O Lord, attend unto my cry” (17:1). One of the smartest things you and I can ever pray for is “Help!” When we earnestly said that word, God knew all other concerns we have without us saying anything else. When you take one step toward God, He will take more steps toward you than you could ever count. He moved to meet my needs, and He will move to meet yours.
Prayer alone proves that you trust God. Oswald Chambers said, “We look upon prayer as a means of getting things for ourselves; the Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God himself.” Dwight L. Moody advised: “Spread out your petition before God and then say, “Thy will, not mine, be done.” The sweetest lesson I have learned in God’s school is to let the Lord choose for me.”
Do deep praying before you find yourself in a deep hole.
Prayers can’t be answered until they are prayed. Nothing significant happens until you fervently pray; pray until you pray! F.B. Meyer lamented, “The great tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.” Byron Edwards encouraged, “True prayer always receives what it asks for – or something better.” God’s answers are wiser than your answers. Ann Lewis observed: “There are four ways God answers prayer: no, not yet; no, I love you too much; yes, I thought you’d never ask; yes, and here’s more.”
“Every time we pray our horizon is altered, our attitude to change is altered, not sometimes but every time. The amazing thing is that we don’t pray more” (Oswald Chambers). Unfortunately, nothing is discussed more and practiced less than prayer. Pray with your eyes toward God, not toward your problems. Martin Luther mused, “The less I pray, the harder it gets; the more I pray the better it goes.” Frequent kneeling will keep you in good standing with God.
Margaret Gibb said, “We must move from asking God to take care of the things that are breaking our hearts, to praying about the things that are breaking His heart.” “I’ve found it is impossible to be prayerful and pessimistic at the same time” (John Mason). Consider the words of E.M. Bounds: “Prayer is our most formidable weapon; the thing which makes all else we do efficient.”
Mark Littleton counsels, “Turn your doubts to questions; turn your questions to prayers; turn your prayers to God.” When you pray for victory, God will give you a strategy. Philips Brooks said, “Prayer is not conquering God’s reluctance but taking hold of God’s willingness.” Prayer is not a gadget we use when nothing else works.
Consider O. Hallesby advised:
“Begin to realize more and more that prayer is the most important thing you do. You can use your time to no better advantage than to pray whenever you have an opportunity to do so, either alone or with others; while at work, while at rest, or while walking down the street. Anywhere!”