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Defining Prayer

It can be assumed that since you have visited this website, you know something of the importance of prayer in the life of the believer. And perhaps you have come to the conclusion, as we have, that what  America truly needs is a revival and not merely a change in government. It is axiomatic to assert that revival comes in answer to believing, persistent prayer. Since  prayer is essential to any truly successful endeavor, a proper place to begin, we believe,  is to define prayer.

 

True Prayer is Costly

Sometimes it is easier to understand a thing by dealing in contrasts.  So perhaps it is fitting at the outset to state what prayer is not. "Prayer", as EM Bounds so aptly describes, "is not a little habit pinned  on to us while we were tied to our mother’s apron strings; neither is it a little decent quarter of a minute’s grace said over an hour’s  dinner, but it is a most serious work of our most serious years.” 1

The problems that plague America are serious indeed and her only hope  is that those Christians who love her be willing to lay down their lives to pray for her.  But alas, as Bounds has also said, “Spiritual  work is taxing work, and men are loath to do it. Praying, true praying, costs an outlay of serious attention and of time, which flesh and blood do not relish. Few persons are made of such strong fiber that they will make a costly outlay when surface work will pass as  well in the market. “2  By this he means that true praying is costly and many do not pay the price themselves  and consequently cannot discern what is merely superficial and perfunctory. Nothing of true eternal value is gained without cost of some sort.

 

Personal revival first

We are seeking to bring together a cohort of believers, into prayer groups, who understand the nature of prayer and are willing to pay the price on their knees to see America turn to God.  But before we direct our prayers to others, we must deal with ourselves.  We are in need of a revival ourselves.

Tim Keller writes: “Prayer is the only entryway into genuine self-knowledge. It is also the main way we experience deep change— the reordering of our loves. Prayer is how God gives us so many of the unimaginable things he has for us. Indeed, prayer makes it safe for God to give us many of the things we most desire. It is the  way we know God, the way we finally treat God as God. Prayer is simply the key to everything we need to do and be in life. We must learn to pray. We have to.”3 

We agree.  We must learn to pray.  We have to.

 

 

 


1 Bounds, E. M. (2014-03-09). The Essential Works Of E. M. Bounds
(Kindle Locations 262-263). GLH Publishing. Kindle Edition. (emphasis mine).
2.Bounds, E. M. (2014-03-09). The Essential Works Of E. M. Bounds
(Kindle Locations 852-854). GLH Publishing. Kindle Edition.
3.Keller, Timothy (2014-11-04). Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy
with God (p. 18). Penguin Group US. Kindle Edition.

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