Faced with a pile of problems, we may say with our lips that only prayer can solve them, yet we talk more than pray, worry more than pray, and scheme more than pray. In sum, we put everything before prayer; other things are placed in prominent positions while prayer is relegated to last place; it is the only thing which is not so important. ~Watchman Nee
“You can do more than pray after you have prayed; but you can never do more than pray until you have prayed.” ~ A.J. Gordon
Don’t be anxious about anything; rather bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, CEB)
Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic—be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord! Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you’re in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer.(Romans 12: 11-12, CEB)
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O God of My Delight,
Your throne of grace is the delight of my soul.
Here I obtain mercy in time of need,
here I see the smile of your reconciled face,
here joy pleads the name of Jesus,
here I sharpen the sword of the Spirit,
anoint the shield of faith,
put on the helmet of salvation,
gather manna from your Word,
am strengthened for each conflict,
nerved for the upward race,
empowered to conquer every foe;
Help me to come to Christ
as the source of heavenly favor,
as a wide open flood-gate of mercy.
I am stunned by my absolute foolishness,
that with so many blessings within my reach
I am slow to extend my hand to take them.
Have mercy upon my deadness for your Name’s sake.
Awaken me, stir me, fill me with holy zeal.
Strengthen me that I may cling to you and not let you go.
May your Spirit within me draw all blessings from your hand.
When I am not advancing, I backslide.
Let me walk humbly because of good omitted and evil done.
Impress on my mind the shortness of time,
the work to be engaged in,
the account to be rendered,
the nearness of eternity,
the fearful sin of despising your Spirit.
May I never forget that your eye always sees,
your ear always hears,
your recording hand always writes.
May I never give you rest until Christ is the pulse of my heart;
the spokesman of my lips, the lamp of my feet.
(A bit modernized version of “The Throne” in Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions as seen at Not For Itching Ears.
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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s pray in Jesus’ name!
Now it’s time for you to jump in with your prayers/prayer requests in the comment section. Let’s also pray for each other! Someone will pray for you/with you. (Because this is a global prayer wall, sometimes – due to the time differences – prayers are not instant. But know that God hears you 24/7! BLESSINGS!
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