Brief perspective on PRAYER

Most of our true prayers come when we are in a predicament which cannot be handled by mere human wisdom. Although we know that this should not be the approach of a prayerful Christian, seldom we practice it with a fervent intensity in our hearts. Difficulties will keep us down on our knees, but is that what God desires from us? To go before him only when things get rough?
Faith in a prayer-hearing God will make a prayer-loving Christian.” – Andrew Murray
True prayer comes only by faith and faith from studying the word of God. While we pray, we spend ‘quality time’ with our Creator. If we truly believe that there is a God who hears our supplications, our prayers will be consistent, whether it be happiness or sorrow. In this domain of spiritual battleground, true prayer is what we need to win the battle, and that knowledge comes through faith in the Almighty God. An earnest mind to study the scriptures can bring forth that faith, because God will bless the endeavors of his children. 

“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” – Luke 6:12-16

Being the member of a prayer group or of a church which teaches the truth is always a marvelous blessing, and in fact it is something which many Christians living in certain parts of the world dream of having. But, we learn ‘how to pray’, when we are alone and absent from the crowd, but being present before God. Often, prayers made in private are louder to God than the ones made when we are in a church or a prayer-meeting. The late Mr. E. M. Bounds puts it really well, “Prayer is not learned in a classroom but in the closet.”

Daily prayer must be a part of every Christian’s life. It is not because God wants us to pray continually so that He could feel more like a God, but because we are often too oblivious and getting out of the habit is easier when we forget our destination. While we pray, we get to know more about our Creator, and we also understand that life in this world is too little in all its different ways, in contrast with the eternal life that is waiting for us. Also, we need try to be concise in our prayers, for we are praying to God, who knows us very well. A long description won’t make any difference from a short cry for “Help!”, because He knows our hearts.

“…True prayer is measured by weight, not by length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length.” C. H. Spurgeon

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26

Let us see some glimpses of the life of George Muller, a fervent believer in the power of prayer. The late Mr. George Muller was a Christian evangelist and also the Director of the famous Ashley Down Orphanage in Bristol, England. He was a man of tremendous faith in the power of prayer, and he started his mission of building the orphanages by believing that God, in His timing, would provide him with all that is needed for the orphan children. He relied only upon the promises of God, and not once he was disappointed. He tells that though there were situations when his faith was being tested, at least, at the very end, God always did answer him. He goes on telling that, those few trials were essential for strengthening his faith, and also in realizing the importance of being patient in prayer.

“I live in the spirit of prayer. I pray as I walk about, when I lie down and when I rise up. And the answers are always coming. Thousands and tens of thousands of times have my prayers been answered. When once I am persuaded that a thing is right and for the glory of God, I go on praying for it until the answer comes. George Muller never gives up!” – George Muller

God Bless
 
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