Tag Archive | Prayer

The privilege of prayer

Hugh Binning (Practical Sermons), Works, p. 653:

Prayer is not so much a duty as a privilege; and if saints knew this, prayer would not so often be a burden unto them. Is there any privilege like this? For prayer is an admission into the secrets of God, it is an emptying of the heart into his bosom. It is a great part of our correspondence with heaven. It is a swift messenger sent thither, that never comes back with ill news. It never returns empty, but accomplishes its intent. Prayer is as it were speaking with God face to face, as a man speaks to his friend; and is it not an honourable privilege, that believers are admitted to him, and may boldly come to him under all their necessities, and have such a sympathizing friend as Jesus? What is wonderful in scripture is, that God hath put that honour upon prayer to be instrumental in obtaining the greatest blessings. Did not the Lord, at the prayer of Moses, dry up the Red sea? Did he not, at the prayer of Elias, withhold and give rain? Did not the prayer of Joshua make the sun to stand still, till he had vanquished his enemies? Wherefore was all this? Could he not have done it unasked? Certainly, but the Lord would put that honour and respect upon prayer in all ages, that it might be a demonstration to all ages and generations, how ready and propense [disposed] God was to hear prayer.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-privilege-of-prayer.90511/

Now a Man Prays

C.Matthew McMahon:

Burroughs’ conclusion on prayer….from the last sermon in Gospel Worship (completed).

“Now, put all that has been said together, and this it what it is to pray: when I pray understandingly, when I give myself to prayer, when there are the breathings of the Holy Spirit in my prayer, when there is purity of heart like a golden vial, together with sincerity, when it is done in truth, when it is in faith, when it comes from a spiritual adoption, when it is in fervency, constancy, reverence, humility, and all of it is put up in the name of Jesus Christ, now a man prays.

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/have-you-ever-really-prayed.94887/, Comment 1

Praying the Scriptures

A great example from Feileadh Mor on how to pray the scriptures:

https://feileadhmor.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/praying-the-scriptures/

So Will You Be Strong In The Lord

Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart-so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.

— Andrew Murray

Source: https://christianquote.com/holiness-10/

Turn Promises Into Prayer

Robert Traill (Stedfast Adherence to the Profession of our Faith), Works 3:42:

Would it not put another sort of edge upon our prayers, were we to eye God as a promising God? What do we do in prayer; think you, what is the business of prayer? The main thing in prayer is to put God in mind of the promise. The great work of Christians is to turn promises into prayer, and God will turn both into performance. Every believer, you know, is to ask according to God’s will. The asking according to God’s will is to ask in faith, James 1:5, 6. And not only to ask what God bids us ask, but to ask what God has commanded us to hope; and we know what to hope for, by what God has promised. If we stretch our hope beyond the promise, we are out of the way: but his promises are so large, that a believer needs not to fear but he hath room enough for his faith to work in, nay to run in.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/turn-promises-into-prayer.91962/, Comment 1

Gain Our Brothers Instead Of Blasting Them

US Navy 020712-N-5471P-010 EOD teams detonate expired ordnance in the Kuwaiti desert“Oh that Christians would learn to censure less and pray more and instead of speaking OF one another speak more TO one another and one FOR another…. But now the tender praying, healing, restoring spirit is departed and if Christians stir not up themselves to call it back again it is a sad sign that God is departing….
-We judge before we inquire.
-We reject before we admonish.
-We conclude vain assumptions upon our brethren before we come to them as Christians and fellow members.
We think this well becomes us as we take a kind of pride and contentment in it, but oh to inform, to convince, to exhort, to pray, this is to act like the disciples of Christ. This is to show ourselves Christians in deed, professors not of the letter but of the spirit that would gain our brothers instead of blasting them.”

-Thomas Case.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/how-to-treat-our-fellow-christians.92453/, Comment 1

A Heavenly Prayer Language?

The Cripplegate:

CaminhadabiblicaI remember the first few times hearing about a heavenly prayer language. Some called it praying, or speaking, in tongues. Not long after coming to faith in Christ, a group of friends took me to a few meetings where this would be happening. We gathered in homes, the forest, and a local church to experience these supposed, Holy-Spirit-induced prayers. What I witnessed was fairly similar: various individuals caught in a trance-like state, speaking, or praying (I wasn’t sure), out loud using non-language noises in somewhat of a repeated fashion. The prayers/noises sounded something like, “Hasha-batta, kala-hasha, nashta-kala, hasha-batta..”…

Read more: http://thecripplegate.com/battalogeo-a-heavenly-prayer-language/#more-216843

Nothing You Can Need, But A Supply Is Promised

Robert Traill (The Throne of Grace), Works 1:74:

They are exceeding great and precious promises that are given to us, 2 Peter 1:4. When a believer looks within, he seeth great and manifold wants and necessities; that he hath nothing, and wants every thing. Some have thought, that they wanted more grace than ever any sinner did; yet never any wanted more than is in the promises. There is surely more grace in the promises, than there is want in the creature. Creature-wants cannot exhaust God’s fulness of grace; and all this fulness is in the promises. There is more of grace in the promise, than there can be of sin and misery in the man that pleads it. Take heed how you compare your necessities with the fulness of the promises. Nothing you can need, but a supply is promised. Study your hearts and God’s covenant, and you will quickly find it to be so. We may ask any thing; for God hath promised every thing, Psalm 84:11.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/nothing-you-can-need-but-a-supply-is-promised.90696/, Comment 1

The Surest Test of Soul-Prospering

Robert Traill (The Throne of Grace), Works 1:156:

The savour and relish the soul finds in approaching to the throne of grace, is the surest test of soul-prospering. In this I appeal to the consciences of all that ever knew communion with God. Is it not best with you every way, when you are most with him? Do not your burdens grow light, when you cast them on the Lord? Is not your path plain, when his candle shineth upon you; and doth it not shine when you are much in company? Difficulties vanish, and hard work grows easy, when the Lord is with you, and you with him. See how the apostle joins things together, Jude, ver. 20, 21, But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Your faith, your love, your hope, are all to be acted in prayer: and are cherished by prayer, and strengthened by the answer of prayer.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-surest-test-of-soul-prospering.90883/, Comment 1

Why are our Hearts Shut when His Hand is Open?

Cowboy at Prayer, near Clayton, NM IMG 4952

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 223:

“If we being evil, know how to give good things to our children, how much more shall our heavenly Father give his Spirit to them that ask him?” Alas, that we should want such a gift for not asking it! My beloved, let us enlarge our desires for this Spirit, and seek more earnestly; and no doubt affection and importunity will not be sent away empty. Is it any wonder we receive not, because we ask not, or we ask so coldly, that we teach him in a manner to deny us: qui timide rogat [he who asks timidly], I may say, frigide [coldly], docet negare [teaches to refuse]. Ask frequently, and ask confidently, and his heart cannot deny. O that we could lay this engagement on our own hearts to be more in prayer! Let us press ourselves to this, and we need not press him. Albeit the first grace be wholly a surprisal, yet certainly he keeps this suitable method in the enlargements of grace, that when he gives more, he enlargeth the heart more after it, he openeth the mouth wider to ask and receive, and, according to that capacity, so is his hand open to fill the heart. O, why are our hearts shut when his hand is open!

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/ask-and-his-heart-cannot-deny.89300/, Comment 1

Listening to God in Prayer?

Jeri Tanner:

John William Waterhouse - Thisbe, 1909“These and similar phrases in Scripture have, at times, been misunderstood to mean that God’s people should listen for him to speak as they wait in stillness and silence. “For God alone my soul waits in silence…” (Psalm 62:1a) is one such phrase that has been used in that sense. But the very next half of the verse shows that David is not waiting to hear God’s voice inwardly, but is waiting for rescue: “… from Him comes my salvation” (Psalm 62:1b). Psalm 62 is a song about God’s deliverance from the schemes of wicked men. It proclaims that God is the only Savior: “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is in him” (verse 5). God has revealed to His prophet David that He has all power, and David proclaims it.

“Similarly, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10a) is another text sometimes misused to teach listening for inner guidance from God. In Psalm 46, “be still and know” is a plural command, as God is speaking to the nations among whom he will eventually be exalted, as the context of the Psalm shows. He is reassuring his people that although “the nations rage, and kingdoms totter,” his people can rest, knowing that their God will finally make the kingdom of this world to become his kingdom alone (Revelation 11:15). Psalm 46 speaks of the greatness and of the final exaltation of God among the nations. It is not a text modeling how to get inner guidance for decisions or problem-solving!”

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/87900-Is-it-Biblical-to-be-silent-before-God-in-Prayer, Comment #2

Mind Christ Much In Your Prayers

Robert Traill (The Throne of Grace), Works 1:110:

Luxembourgers in England- Evacuees in Surrey, 1942 D11110Whenever you are upon your knees at the footstool, remember who is at the throne above, and what his business is there. Footstool supplications of believers would be all quite lost, if it were not for the Saviour’s intercession at the throne, Heb. 8:1. Our High Priest is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens. And he ever liveth to make intercession for us, Heb. 7:25. This is the end of his living in heaven, to make intercession for us. Take heed, and mind Christ much in your prayers; and never fear his forgetting you. Shall Christ live for ever to make intercession for you? and will you live all your days without making use of him as an intercessor? Alas! that Christ in heaven gets so little employment from believers on earth! He seeks your employment, he loves it, and loves them best that give him most of it. He undertakes for every thing put in his hand, and in due time will give you a good account of all you intrust him with, and make you say, He hath done all things well (Mark 7:37).

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/90802-Mind-Christ-much-in-your-prayers, Comment 1

Pray For More Of That Spirit

Gerard Dou - Old Woman Reading a Bible - WGA06639Hugh Binning, Works, p. 140: 

Pray for more of that Spirit, which may quicken the word to us, and quicken us to obey the word. There must be a mutual enlivening. The word must be made the ministration of life by the Spirit of Jesus, which can use it as a sword to divide the soul and spirit; and we must be quickened to the obedience of the truth in the word. The word is the seed incorruptible; but it cannot beget us, or be a principle of new life within us, except a living spirit come along to our hearts. Know that the word is your pattern and rule; the Spirit your leader and helper, whose virtue and power must conform you to that rule.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/89105-There-must-be-a-mutual-enlivening, Comment 1

We Get Weird

Charles West Cope - Maiden MeditationPaul E. Miller:

When people call their own thoughts or feelings “God’s voice,” it puts them in control of God and ultimately undermines God’s Word by elevating human intuition to the status of divine revelation.  Unless Scripture guards and directs our intuitions, we can easily run amok and baptize our selfish desires with religious language (“God told me to marry her…”)…

The problem is that the Holy Spirit comes in on the same channel as the world, the flesh, the Devil.  The Lord does lead — we just need to be careful that we aren’t using the Lord as a cover for our own desires.  If we frequently interpret random thoughts and desires as “God speaking,” we get weird.

~A Praying Life, Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2009, 244.

The Way of Familiarity and Grace

Prayer008Hugh Binning, Works, p. 87:

It is true, all is already determined with him, and he is incapable of any change, or “shadow of turning.” Nothing then wants, but he is in one mind about it, and thy prayer cannot turn him. Yet a godly soul will pray with more confidence, because it knows that, as he hath determined upon all its wants and receipts, so he hath appointed this to be the very way of obtaining what it wants. This is the way of familiarity and grace he takes with his own to make them call; and he performs his purpose in answer to their cry.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/88948-The-way-of-familiarity-and-grace