“Our prayers lay the track down upon which God’s power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails.” Watchman Nee
“The trouble with nearly everybody who prays is that he says ‘Amen’ and runs away before God has a chance to reply. Listening to God is far more important than giving Him our ideas.” Frank Laubach
“Time spent in prayer will yield more than that given to work. Prayer alone gives work its worth and its success. Prayer opens the way for God Himself to do His work in us and through us. Let our chief work as God’s messengers be intercession; in it we secure the presence and power of God to go with us.” Andrew Murray
“Prayer is weakness leaning on omnipotence.” W. S. Bowd
“I ought to pray before seeing any one…Christ arose before day and went into a solitary place. David says: ‘Early will I seek thee’…I feel it is far better to begin with God-to see His face first, to get my soul near Him before it is near another.” – Robert Murray M’Cheyne
My Comments: Several years ago I read the quote by Watchman Nee and I’ve always like it. It explains a lot. It explains why the church seems so impotent most of the time. It explains why I seem like a 90# spiritual weakling most of the time. It is certainly not that God is unwilling to fuel His people with power; it is that we are unwilling to “lay down the tracks.” This quote puts a picture in my head which helps me to visualize where the power stoppage is. Now to do something about it.
**If you did not see the Facebook post yesterday I am preaching this Sunday on Ephesians 3:14-21 – a powerful prayer passage. Would you take a minute and pray that God would lay the tracks down on my behalf so that the message will be delivered with unction and power and received with conviction and faith-filled determination.