James Smith on PRAYER

Time Posted on February 01, 2011 User River La Belle

Another wonderful gem from www.gracegems.org. This post is inspired by both the new Prayer Request post, Praying for One Another, and Phil Walker's devotional on Mark 1:35 (scroll down to posts from 02/01/11) ~ "And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed."

The primary goal of the Christian is to be Christ-like, right? So we must follow His example in all things…including prayer.

Thomas Brooks, an English Puritan, said, "The best Christian is he who is the greatest monopolizer of time for private prayer."

 

PRAYER

(James Smith, "Sunny Subjects for All Seasons" 1858)

"Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17

How important is a spirit of prayer! It is . . .
  the proof of regeneration,
  the manifestation of grace in our hearts, and
  the evidence our title to mansions in the skies!

Prayer is . . . 
  the breath of the renewed soul, 
  the beating of the sanctified heart, 
  the effect of the life of God within us.

O that I had prayed more!

Prayer should become a habit with us--then everything would furnish us with matter for prayer. Prayer should mingle with our pleasures and our pains, with our labor and our rest. O for more prayer! 

We should never do--what we cannot pray God to bless. 

We should never go--where we cannot ask God to go with us.

If we would hold fast our profession, 
if we would adorn the gospel, 
if we would honor Jesus,  
if we would enjoy our mercies, 
if we would get good by our trials, 
if we would see all things working together for good,
if we would conquer Satan
if we would overcome the world
if we would crucify the flesh with its affections and lusts
  --we must pray!

Prayer, if it is believing prayer . . .
  opens Heaven to us,  
  unveils the glorious face of God, and 
  brings down foretastes of the joys of paradise, 
  makes us a match for all our foes, 
  enables us patiently to carry every cross, and with perseverance to climb and pass over the loftiest hills we meet with on our heaven-bound pilgrimage!

Those who pray, will, by deriving strength from Heaven, by drawing down wisdom from above--withstand every storm, and shout God's praises at last.

Tempted Christian--pray, and you will overcome every temptation.

Troubled Christian--pray, and God will deliver you out of every trouble.

Perplexed Christian--pray, and God will make your way plain before your face.

Doubting Christian--pray, and God will disperse your doubts, and chase your fears away.

Trembling Christian--pray, and God will strengthen you with strength in the soul. 

Sick Christian--pray, and God will make all your bed in your affliction.

Dying Christian--pray, and death will lose all its terrors, and you will gently fall asleep in Jesus. 

Lost sinner--pray, for God who heard the publican and justified him, will hear you and save you. 

O for the grace of prayer, that we may in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present our requests to God.

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." Colossians 4:2


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10 responses to James Smith on PRAYER

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Phil Walker

River, thanks for this wonderful new post. It looks like a great resource to return to often to receive encouragement and inspiration in prayer. May our Scripture memorizing and meditating never be an end to itself. Rather, may the Scripture in our mind and heart drive us to acknowledge our need of God and deepen our desire for knowing God. May God be powerful in our lives and may He get all the glory as we pray!!!

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Sue Wendt

Thank you for ministering to our souls by using Our God's way to help us to continue to keep our renewed minds on Him who gives us our strength. Truly He is Wonderful for our souls. Blessings to all.

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Lydia Murray

Very nice River. Thanks for posting it!

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ZachB - zachbaas.com

I echo all of these comments. Thanks, River.

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River La Belle

A devotional from Spurgeon on Prayer:

"Praying always."
— Eph 6.18

What multitudes of prayers we have put up from the first moment when we learned to pray.

Our first prayer was a prayer for ourselves; we asked that God would have mercy upon us, and blot out our sin. He heard us. But when he had blotted out our sins like a cloud, then we had more prayers for ourselves. We have had to pray for sanctifying grace, for constraining and restraining grace; we have been led to crave for a fresh assurance of faith, for the comfortable application of the promise, for deliverance in the hour of temptation, for help in the time of duty, and for succour in the day of trial. We have been compelled to go to God for our souls, as constant beggars asking for everything. Bear witness, children of God, you have never been able to get anything for your souls elsewhere. All the bread your soul has eaten has come down from heaven, and all the water of which it has drank has flowed from the living rock-Christ Jesus the Lord. Your soul has never grown rich in itself; it has always been a pensioner upon the daily bounty of God; and hence your prayers have ascended to heaven for a range of spiritual mercies all but infinite. Your wants were innumerable, and therefore the supplies have been infinitely great, and your prayers have been as varied as the mercies have been countless.

Then have you not cause to say, "I love the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplication"? For as your prayers have been many, so also have been God's answers to them. He has heard you in the day of trouble, has strengthened you, and helped you, even when you dishonoured him by trembling and doubting at the mercy-seat. Remember this, and let it fill your heart with gratitude to God, who has thus graciously heard your poor weak prayers. "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits."

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Josiah DeGraaf

There is a good audio, also from Grace Gems, on prayer here:

http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=23111032384

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God's Maiden of Virtue

I just came across this post, and wow- how encouraging, motivating, and convicting. What could possibly be more beneficial and refreshing to us as believers than spending time alone with our Creator pouring out our hearts to Him?!
I have been seeing my need of more constant and frequent times of prayer in my life. Wonderful post from James Smith! Loved every bit of it!

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Christiana Di Lorenzo

The best poem in the world.
- Christiana

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Christiana Di Lorenzo

River I am so glad to you. For the encouraging and convicting poem. I need to have more prayer in my life. That poem convicted me again. I greatly enjoyed it. Thanks, River

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Fredrick

Very encouraging. I need to pray MORE !!!
Thanks River.


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