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John Calvin on Prayer and Thanksgiving

By prayer and supplication we pour out our desires before God, asking as well those things which tend to promote his glory and display his name, as the benefits which contribute to our advantage. By thanksgiving we duly celebrate his kindnesses toward us, ascribing to his liberality every blessing which enters into our lot. . . . The sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving can never be interrupted without guilt, since God never ceases to load us with favor upon favor, so as to force us to gratitude, however slow and sluggish we may be. In short, so great and widely diffused are the riches of his liberality towards us, so marvelous and wondrous the miracles which we behold on every side, that we never want a subject and materials for praise and thanksgiving.

— John Calvin,
INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION,
Book Third, Chapter XX, Translated by Henry Beveridge, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989, page 176 in Volume II. ISBN 0802881661

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On Prayer

Prayer is our most formidable weapon, the thing which makes all else we do efficient.” ~ E.M. Bounds

Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment wit the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

The only enduring motive for prayer is that God is worthy to be sought.” ~ Daniel Henderson

Nowhere can we get to know the holiness of God, and come under His influence and power, except in the inner chamber. It has been well said: “No man can expect to make progress in holiness who is not often and long alone with God.” ~ Andrew Murray

The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came. Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory.” ~ R.A. Torrey

The cause of Christ does not need less working, but it does need among the workers, more praying.” ~ J.C. Ryle

Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom. If you may have everything by asking in His Name, and nothing without asking, I beg you to see how absolutely vital prayer is.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results.” ~ R.A. Torrey

 

 

 

 

 

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Should God answer all our prayers?..

Growing up in a Christian background, I remember thinking that as soon as I prayed and said the *magic* phrase “in Your name”, the deal was done – whatever I asked for would come true! Has it ever happened to you that you expected God to necessarily answer your prayer “just the way you asked”? Many people do believe that God absolutely has to positively react to the prayers of His saints.

Here is an excerpt from Charles Spurgeon’s commentary on the Psalm 130, in which he addressed the question of (un-)answered prayers:

“Lord, hear my voice.” (Psalm 130:2) It is all we ask; but nothing less will content us. If the Lord will but hear us we will leave it to his superior wisdom to decide whether he will answer us or no. It is better for our prayer to be heard than answered. If the Lord were to make an absolute promise to answer all our requests it might be rather a curse than a blessing, for it would be casting the responsibility of our lives upon ourselves, and we should be placed in a very anxious position: but now the Lord hears our desires, and that is enough; we only wish him to grant them if his infinite wisdom sees that it would be for our good and for his glory.

(from “Treasury of David: Expositions of the Psalms” by Charles Spurgeon)

 

How many times in my life I was actually grateful to my God for not answering my prayers in the way I expected! Trusting the Lord to hear us – both our prayers and wants – and to give us what is truly best for us is a great Christian virtue!..

 

 

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Diamonds sparkle most amid the darkness…

“Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.” (Psalm 130:1)

This is the Psalmist’s statement and plea: he had never ceased to pray even when brought into the lowest state. The depths usually silence all they engulf, but they could not close the mouth of this servant of the Lord; on the contrary, it was in the abyss itself that he cried unto Jehovah. Beneath the floods prayer lived and struggled; yea, above the roar of the billions rose the cry of faith. It little matters where we are if we can pray; but prayer is never more real and acceptable than when it rises out of the worst places. Deep places beget deep devotion. Depths of earnestness are stirred by depths of tribulation. Diamonds sparkle most amid the darkness. Prayer de profundis gives to God gloria in excelsis. The more distressed we are, the more excellent is the faith which trusts bravely in the Lord, and therefore appeals to him, and to him alone.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Treasury of David

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Have You Prayed Today?..

“The only enduring motive for prayer is that God is worthy to be sought.” ~ Daniel Henderson

“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” ~ Corrie ten Boom

“Those persons who know the deep peace of God, the unfathomable peace that passeth all understanding, are always men and women of much prayer.” ~ R. A. Torrey

“The cause of Christ does not need less working, but it does need among the workers, more praying.” ~ J.C. Ryle

“We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power.  We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results.” ~ R. A. Torrey

“It is the habit of faith, when she is praying, to use pleas. Mere prayer sayers, who do not pray at all, forget to argue with God; but those who prevail bring forth their reasons and their strong arguments” ~ Charles Spurgeon

“Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still.” ~ E.M. Bounds

“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

“He who has learned to pray has learned the greatest secret of a holy and happy life.” ~ William Law

“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” ~ Samuel Chadwick

“The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not!'” ~ Hudson Taylor

“You may as soon find a living man that does not breath, as a living Christian that does not pray.” ~ Matthew Henry

“Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying.” ~ Paul E. Billheimer

 

It’s a good thing there are not too many quotes in this post. This way it will not take all your time on reading about prayer but rather encourage you to spend it IN PRAYER.

So please set aside all you’re doing now and go talk to your Creator, your Father, your Savior, your Redeemer and Friend. He is there for you. Now.

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