Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Talmage: the efficacy of prayer

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    Commemoration of Martyrs of Papua New Guinea, 1942
    And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
    —Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
    Not one of us yet knows how to pray. All we have done has only been pottering and guessing and experimenting... God cares not for the length of our prayers, or the number of our prayers, or the beauty of our prayers, or the place of our prayers; but it is the faith in them that tells—believing that prayer soars higher than the lark ever sang, plunges deeper than diving-bell ever sank, darts quicker than lightning ever flashed. Though we have used only the back of this weapon instead of the edge, what marvels have been wrought! If saved, we are all the captives of some earnest prayer.
    ... Thomas De Witt Talmage (1832-1902), The Pathway of Life, Historical Publishing Company for the Christian Herald, 1894, p. 280 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 11:6; Ps. 119:151; 139:1,7-10; Matt. 6:5; Acts 15:8; Rom. 8:26; Eph. 6:18; Heb. 4:13; Jas. 4:8; Jude 1:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are closer than my thoughts.
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