George Muller Quote

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I live in the spirit of prayer.  I pray as I walk about, when I lie down and when I rise up.  And the answers are always coming.

From Romans 12:12:  “Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.”

E. M. Bounds Quote

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Nothing is clearer than that prayer has its only worth and significance in the great fact that God hears and answers prayer.

From 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:  “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Prayer Quotes

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The Divine wisdom has given us prayer, not as a means whereby to obtain the good things of earth, but as a means whereby we learn to do without them; not as a means whereby we escape evil, but as a means whereby we become strong to meet it.

Pray till prayer makes you forget your own wish, and leave it or merge it in God’s will.

These quotes come from Frederick W. Robertson, English preacher and Christian author.

Praying for Deliverance

From Psalm 31:24:  “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.”

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Immense weight of the world

Resting on our shoulders

Crying out to our Lord

Pebbles fall like boulders

 

Darkest thoughts undermine

Harshest mental torment

Hidden physical foes

Hopeless, stuck in cement

 

Our Lord hearing, He cares

Listening to whole hearts

Filling with confidence

Piercing conflict, like a dart

 

Forever with our Lord

His refuge, without fuss

His righteousness delivers

Strong fortress, saving us

 

Cities under fearful siege

Virus shadows each street

Lord, lead us and guide us

Your goodness won’t retreat

 

Our Father’s steadfast love

Covers our affliction

Blessed be our Lord God

Faith, hope . . . our conviction

 

Trusting in the Father

Facing vicious disease

Your face shines upon us

We pray upon our knees

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 From Psalm 3:8:  “Deliverance belongs to the Lord; may your blessings be on your people.”

On a Street Corner

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It is mid-morning on a nearly empty street corner in a remote, medium-sized town when Milt runs into one of his best friends, Fred.  Little do these two men know, but their improbable rendezvous will bring both of them inner strength and hope.

Both men are in their eighties, but each is blessed with good health.  Being retired, they don’t always have a chance to catch up on news.

Milt is a widower, who lost his beloved Sharon several years back.  Fred’s lovely wife, Judy, struggles with many chronic health concerns.

The two friends continue to visit on the deserted street corner.  Milt tells Fred, “I am really concerned about this virus news.”  As he speaks, both men realize they need to stand a bit farther apart due to reminders in the news about social distancing.

Milt replies back, “Me, too.  I guess we have lots of company.”  Both men have been overly cautious about being safe with their exposure to the disease.

Fred shares news from home about his bride of 61 years.  He continues talking to Milt, “I am really worried about Sharon.  Her health is very fragile, and I hope she can weather the storm ahead with this virus out there.”

Milt looks across at his friend, and he sees the deep worries of concern and anxiety in Fred’s face.  Milt asks, “May I pray for you?”  Milt nods in agreement.

In closing the prayer, Milt shares a special prayer with his long-time friend:  “God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and wisdom to know the difference.”

Before the men depart and continue with their day’s journey, Fred shares a verse from one of his favorite Psalms (27:1):  “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

The Serenity Prayer was originally written by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr.  The most common version of the prayer was published in 1951, but Niebuhr used variations of the prayer in sermons as early as 1934.  In the story, Milt adapted the prayer to fit the situation.

Thomas Brooks Quote

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Four things let us ever keep in mind:  God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer.

From Proverbs 15:29:  “The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.”

Monday Memories: Morning Prayer

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Morning arrives quietly with much on one’s mind

Reaching out to the Father, with a prayer to find

 

Psalms surrounding one’s inner soul with a frame

Blessing God the Father, blessing His Holy name

 

Thoughts move to life’s trials, several filled with sin

Asking the Lord for patience and forgiveness again

 

The Lord redeems this wayward life from the Pit

Seeking to be closer to Him, finding a place to sit

 

God fills all with His steadfast love and praise

Helping everyone make it through life’s maze

 

The Lord is merciful, gracious, and forgiving

Praying to Him deepens a person with living

 

This time of prayer offers much humbleness to the Lord

Slow to anger and abounding with so much love in store

 

A prayerful moment prepares a heart with much to say

Spending moments with God, like a potter molding clay

From James 5:16:  “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.  The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.”