“There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.” Brother Lawrence
“I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach.” Charles Spurgeon
“If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.” Robert Murray McCheyne
“One day George Mueller began praying for five of his friends. After many months, one of them came to the Lord. Ten years later, two others were converted. It took 25 years before the fourth man was saved. Mueller persevered in prayer until his death for the fifth friend, and throughout those 52 years he never gave up hoping that he would accept Christ! His faith was rewarded, for soon after Mueller’s funeral the last one was saved.”
On persevering prayer: “I look at a stone cutter hammering away at a rock a hundred times without so much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the 101st blow it splits in two. I know it was not the one blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”
Prayer should not be regarded “as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.” E.M. Bounds
My Comments: So here is what I gleam from all of these quotes: These guys have learned the value of prayer in a way that I have not. So I ask myself – why is that so? Why is prayer not as sweet and delightful to me as it was to Bro Lawrence? Why do I think that preaching is more fruitful than praying? Why is my idea of persevering prayer to pray for something for one month? Why does it often feel like duty rather delight?
Only questions at this point. Hopefully answers to follow in the months to come as I continue my quest.
I’m just sayin’!