Prayer/Worship - Section 2

  1. God wants us to know His will and He reveals it to us through the Bible and through guidance of His Holy Spirit.  Seek God’s will when you pray, and He will help you know it. - From Page 153 from Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  2. Psalm 31:3 - You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for You name’s sake, lead me and guide me.  Do you live in an ongoing conversation with God about your next steps?  Talk to God this week as if He is right beside you (He is) and cares about every decision you need to make (He does).
  3. If you want to make a difference with your prayers, then you can't just think of prayer as a time to sit and meditate on happy thoughts for ten minutes.  At times, you and I need to confront the devil using weapons God has given us. - From location 1551 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  4. We must never wait until we feel like praying before we pray for others.  Prayer is like any other work: we may not feel  like working, but once we have been in it for a bit, we begin to feel like working. - Quote by Richard Foster in the "Prayer Notebook" app
  5. Charles Haddon Spurgeon said, “Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night. Devotion should be both the morning … and the evening star.”
  6. The martyred missionary, Jim Elliot, once wrote: “The saint who advances on his knees never retreats.
  7. Psalms 5:3 - In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. (ASV) - The Hebrew verb translated “order” means “to make an order.” The statement could read, “In the morning I will place my order with You.” While that might sound presumptuous at first, maybe even a little bossy, it’s said in the spirit of someone holding a menu. He’s merely choosing something the Lord has offered. David looked upon the morning as the time to “place his order” from the Lord’s menu of blessings. 
    He then said, “I will eagerly watch” (literally, “look forward”). After placing his order, he eagerly anticipates an answer from his Lord. David refused to stumble about stoop-shouldered, carrying his burdens throughout the day. On the contrary, he took his needs to the Lord each morning. 
    When we think of “placing an order,” we remember one thing that is essential: we have to be specific. Too many prayers suffer from timidity and vagueness. God invites us to pray with bold expectation when we ask for what He has promised or anticipate what we know to be His will. 
    After David placed a specific order each morning, he anticipated answers. He expected God to “fill his order” and then looked forward to that throughout the day. When our outlook is dim in the morning, when discouragement worms its way in, a good remedy is to focus our attention upward. And what a difference it makes in our day! Throughout Scripture, spiritual turning points occur at morning time. Darkness gives way to light as contemplation yields insight.
     Swindoll, Charles R (2012-08-01). Living the Psalms: Encouragement for the Daily Grind (pp. 17-18). Worthy Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
  8. Prayer is more than a tool for self-expression, a means to get God to give us what we want. It is a means he uses to give us what he wants, and to teach us to want what he wants. Holy Scripture in general, and the Psalms in particular, teach us who God is and what he wants to give. Patterson, Ben (2008-09-22). God's Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms (p. 7). Tyndale House Publishers - A. Kindle Edition. 
  9. Why is prayer important? Reuben A. Torrey answers that question comprehensively and wisely in a little book entitled How to Pray, listing eleven reasons: (1) Because there is a devil and because prayer is the God-appointed means of resisting him; (2) Because prayer is God’s way for us to obtain what we need from him; (3) Because the apostles, whom God set forth to be a pattern for us, considered prayer to be the most important business of their lives; (4) Because prayer occupied a prominent place and played a very important part in the earthly life of our Lord; (5) Because prayer is the most important part of the present ministry of our Lord, since he is now interceding for us (Heb. 7:25); (6) Because prayer is the means God has appointed for our receiving mercy from him and of obtaining grace to help in time of need; (7) Because prayer is the means of obtaining the fullness of God’s joy; (8) Because prayer with thanksgiving is the means of obtaining freedom from anxiety and, in anxiety’s place, that peace that passes understanding; (9) Because prayer is the method appointed for our obtaining the fullness of God’s Holy Spirit; (10) Because prayer is the means by which we are to keep watchful and be alert at Christ’s return; and (11) Because prayer is used by God to promote our spiritual growth, bring power into our work, lead others to faith in Christ, and bring all other blessings to Christ’s church. - From commentary on John 16:23 from the Boice Expositional Commentary (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  10. Prayer is the way we talk with God. You do not need a special vocabulary to pray. You can simply speak to God as you would to your best friend. The more time you spend with God in prayer, the more intimate your relationship will be. And remember, there is no problem great or small that God cannot handle. If it’s important to you, it’s important to him.  - From Resurrection: The Capstone in the Arch of Christianity by Hank Hannegraft,
  11. Many unbelievers do ask God for things, all sorts of things. But, as James continues to explain, they ask and do not receive, because they ask with wrong motives, so that they may spend it on their pleasures. They do not ask for things in order for God's goodness and grace to be magnified or for the sake of His glory and honor. They do not ask in order to be able to fulfill His perfect and divine will but to fulfill their own sinful and selfish wills. - From commentary on James 1-6 from the MacArthur’s New Testament Commentary: Bundle by John MacArthur.
  12. Fear God and stand in awe of Him (v. Eccles 5:7b).
    The fear of God ought to be the ultimate safeguard against false and insincere worship (v. 7b). When we enter the Lord’s presence, whether in private or public worship, it is no trivial matter. Rather, it is time to fear the Lord. But it is not merely being afraid of God and the consequences of displeasing Him that should concern us, though fear of God does include that aspect. It is much, much more. It is also…
    • recognizing how excellent and great God is
    • revering and lifting up God’s Name ever so highly
    • acknowledging God’s power and supremacy
    • humbling ourselves before God
    • giving God the honor He is due
    • making God the first priority in our lives
    • standing in awe of God
    • glorifying God as the Sovereign Lord and Majesty of the universe
    - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 5:7 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  13. We must endeavor to have this sanctifying Spirit in ourselves and pray much for it, for his promise to give the Holy Spirit to those who ask (see Luke 11:13) applies to us. Shall we be so foolish as to lack this because we do not ask? When we find our souls weighed down, then let us pray, "Draw me.  - From commentary on 1 Peter 1:2 from Crossway Classic Commentary 1 & 2 Peter. 
  14. Judges 3:9 But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them...  Do you find yourself in bondage today? Do you find yourself in bondage presently? Do you find yourself ensnared today? Let tell me you what the answer is:Cry out to the Lord. I’m convinced that we as Christians do too much talking about the Lord, and not enough talking to Him. We are very ready, very eager to receive counsel, but very reluctant to cry out. The reason counseling offices are filled in Christendom today is because people do not bow their knee and call out to the Lord in fervency. Throughout Scripture, God is consistently seen responding to His people when they cry out. Truly, the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16). - From Commentary on Judges 3:9 from Courson’s Application Commentary by Jon Courson.
  15. Prayer is the most important tool for your mission in the world. People may refuse our love or reject our message, but they are defenseless against our prayers. Like an intercontinental missile, you can aim a prayer at a person’s heart whether you are ten feet or 10,000 miles away.
    What should you pray for? The Bible tells us to pray for opportunities to witness, for courage to speak up, for those who will believe, for the rapid spread of the message, and for more workers. Prayer makes you a partner with others around the world.
    You should also pray for missionaries and everyone else involved in the global harvest. Paul told his prayer partners, “You are also joining to help us when you pray for us.” - From the Day 38 “Becoming a World Class Christian” reading in The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  16. Exuberant worship is not an argument for God’s existence, but it is an eye-opener, an organ of perception. Just as the eyes receive light and the ears receive sound, exuberant worship can be a receptor of God’s presence. A stubborn heart can be coaxed and wooed into the truth by celebrating the truth.  - Patterson, Ben (2008-09-22). God's Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms (p. 65). Tyndale House Publishers - A. Kindle Edition. 
  17. God longs to answer our prayers - in fact, He calls them powerful and effective (James 5:16 NIV) - but it is important to pray with trusting hearts, specific requests, and godly motives. Faith in a prayer-hearing God will make a prayer-loving Christian. - Andrew Murray. - From page 274 of Turning Points with God by David Jeremiah.
  18. The reason we often do not get things from God is very simple: we don't ask! The Bible contains many admonitions to pray. The Lord Jesus taught His disciples to pray. The church was born at a prayer meeting. God refuses to be left out of our affairs. So many things that we need or desire are in His hand; therefore, we must come to Him and ask. Thus, He teaches us our dependence upon Him for all things. - From commentary on James 4:1 from the John Phillips Commentary Series (27 volumes) published by Kregal
  19. Learning to pray was learning to desire the things God wants to give, and then asking him for them. The greatest enemy of prayer is not asking for too much of God but for too little. Patterson, Ben (2008-09-22). God's Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms (p. 6). Tyndale House Publishers - A. Kindle Edition. 
  20. "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."  We must have faith in God's ability to act.  This phrase reminds us that God can do anything and that he's got everything he needs to accomplish his purposes in our lives. - From location 1554 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  21. When you know you need to pray but don’t know what to say, begin by thanking the Holy Spirit for going before you to the throne of grace. - From the July 24th devotional reading from Turning Points with God by David Jeremiah
  22. "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him" )1 John 5:14-15).  What a great way to end, right?  We have complete and total confidence in our Father, who can do everything he said he would do. - From location 1554 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  23. The goal, in prayer, is to give oneself away. - Hanegraaff, Hank (2001-09-04). The Prayer of Jesus: Secrets of Real Intimacy with God (p. 12). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. 
  24. Prayer is simply a conversation with God - spending time talking and listening to the One who made you and loves you. - From location 1566 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  25. Righteous believers should pray because of the Lord’s power (v. 3). As the Lord God of the universe, He has the power to scatter any army who opposes Him or His people. All He has to do is speak, and the thunder of His voice will cause the enemy to flee for their lives. God’s omnipotent power is far greater than the power of any man or nation. No matter how powerful a nation’s military may be, the Lord can plunder, or strip it of its power as quickly as a swarm of locusts can strip a nation’s crops. And that was exactly what happened to the Assyrian army when it besieged Jerusalem. The Lord Himself struck them. Thousands of them died; the rest retreated in panic and returned home. As the soldiers fled in terror from the hand of God’s judgment, they abandoned all the wealth they had plundered. As a result, the surviving Jews swarmed down upon the Assyrian camp and recovered the wealth for themselves. - From the reading about Isaiah 33:3 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  26. What are these privileges? One is prayer, for access to God is based on our adoption. It is only because of our adoption that we can approach God as “Father,” and it is only through the Spirit of adoption that we can be assured that he is indeed our Father and that our prayers are heard by him. This is what Paul is speaking of when he says, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’ ” (Rom. 8:15).  - From commentary on John 20:17 from the Boice Expositional Commentary (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  27. He persisted in prayer and faith even though he could not see the answer coming. When we pray, we must have faith that God has already prepared the best answer. Our task is to ask in faith and wait in humility. - From the reading from Isaiah 37:8-10 in the Life Application Study Bible NIV Study Bible Notes by Tyndale Publishers
  28. Psalm 5:3My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
    God 
    gives us special times in order that we might find joy and that we might find Him. He has created a glorious world, and He has freely given it to us. The early quiet of the day is a beautiful time to encounter the Lord. Give Him your early hours, and He will give you all the blessings you can hold.
    Prayer: I raise my voice to You in the morning, Lord. Help me to appreciate Your new day, and use it to the fullest. Open my eyes to the splendor of all Your creation. Amen. - From the January 11, 2016 devotion reading from Wisdom From the Psalms by Dan R. Dick.
  29. If you want to invigorate your conversation with God, I encourage you to make the Lord's prayer your own.  Take each of the seven phrases, putting the idea in your own words and then personalizing it.  - From location 1566 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  30. Ask for his will be done before your own agenda.  And when you do ask for your needs to be met, invite God to meet them in all areas of your life, not just the urgent ones.  Ask him for forgiveness and ask his help to forgive others in the same way.  Tell him you need him to help you avoid whatever tempts you personally.  - From location 1580 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.  
  31. Renounce any of the other gods that compete for your loyalty. Do the things you own really own you? Do the things you desire, things that occupy your imagination, lead you away from or toward the Lord?Patterson, Ben (2008-09-22). God's Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms (p. 68). Tyndale House Publishers - A. Kindle Edition. 
  32. Whatever your temptation is, invite him to strengthen and fortify you.  Take a stand against the enemy in your life.  And finally, have faith in God's ability to accomplish everything.  This fresh air approach will make prayer one of the most enjoyable parts of your day.  Amen!  - From location 1580 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.  
  33. Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.  What father among you, if a son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!  Luke 11:9-13, ESV   - From location 1580 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  34. Worship is not what goes on in a church service, but rather what takes place in our individual hearts.  Corporate worship is important.  But our love for God must be expressed throughout our lives - every day and in every way.  This is what worship is all about.  - From location 1617 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  35. Dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Patterson, Ben (2008-09-22). God's Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms (p. 80). Tyndale House Publishers - A. Kindle Edition. 
  36. There is one more thing that praying in the name of Christ means. It means praying in line with Christ’s character and objectives, that is, praying as he would under identical circumstances. Stedman writes on this point, “To ask in anyone’s name means to ask as though you were that person. This means we are to ask for what Jesus would want, what he is after, and not for our own desires.”  From commentary on John 16:23 from the Boice Expositional Commentary (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  37. If worship is love expressed, then it seems to me that we need to focus on what the object of our affection wants, not what we like.  If I was going to love you, I can't just love you the way I want to love you; I have to love you the way you like to be loved.  Because of my love for you, I want to focus on you and offer you the things that meet your needs.  So to say, "This is just my style or my preference or my tradition" for worshiping God doesn't seem to be a good starting point.  - From location 1630 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  38. God's fresh air blows into our lives when we love him in the way he likes.  We must remember that we don't worship for our benefit but for God's. - From location 1656 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  39. Scripture tells us that God created us, along with all things, for his pleasure (see Revelation 4:11).  Real worship, then, is not about us; it's about him.  While God is not a human being, he displays emotions throughout the pages of Scripture.  He grieves, gets jealous, gets angry, and feels compassion, pity sorrow, and sympathy.  He loves, delights, rejoices, enjoys, and even laughs.  All those expressions are in the Bible.  We serve a God with emotions, a God who loves to be loved.  We serve a God who has a love language and finds pleasure in our worship. - From location 1656 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  40. Therefore, the best way to pray is to pray like Jesus, who, in the Garden of Gethsemane, said, “Father, if it be possible, let this cup of suffering pass from Me. Nevertheless, not My will, but Thine be done. You know what’s best. And I submit to that.” - From the reading about Isaiah 38:9-16 from Courson’s Application Commentary (3 Vols.) by Jon Courson
  41. Maybe the place to begin getting fresh air in your worship life is not by changing your style of worship but by changing its direction.  If your expressions of love go to your dog, your spouse, your football, your house, your hunting, or your shopping, then you're worshipping that person or thing more passionately than God.  I'm not saying you can't get excited about your family, your hobbies, or even your possessions.  It's just a matter of whether those other things you love reflect God's goodness to you or whether they take his place. - From location 1721 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  42. It occurs to me, thinking about prayer, that most of the time I get the direction wrong. I start downstream with my own concerns and bring them to God. I inform God, as if God did not already know. I plead with God, as if hoping to change God’s mind and overcome divine reluctance. Instead, I should start upstream where the flow begins. - From location 344 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  43. When I shift direction, I realize that God already cares about my concerns — my uncle’s cancer, world peace, a broken family, a rebellious teenager — more than I do. Grace, like water, descends to the lowest part. Streams of mercy flow. I begin with God, who bears primary responsibility for what happens on earth, and ask what part I can play in God’s work on earth. - From location 397 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  44. With this new starting point for prayer, my perceptions change. I look at nature and see not only wildflowers and golden aspen trees but the signature of a grand artist. I look at human beings and see not only a “poor, bare, forked animal” but a person of eternal destiny made in God’s image. Thanksgiving and praise surge up as a natural response, not an obligation. - From location 402 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  45. I need the corrective vision of prayer because all day long I will lose sight of God’s perspective. - From location 406 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  46. Prayer, and only prayer, restores my vision to one that more resembles God’s. I awake from blindness to see that wealth lurks as a terrible danger, not a goal worth striving for; that value depends not on race or status but on the image of God every person bears; that no amount of effort to improve physical beauty has much relevance for the world beyond. - From location 410 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  47. “God invites us to take a holiday [vacation], to stop being God for a while, and let him be God.” Too often we think of prayer as a serious chore, something that must be scheduled around other appointments, shoehorned in among other pressing activities. We miss the point, says Tugwell: “God is inviting us to take a break, to play truant. We can stop doing all those important things we have to do in our capacity as God, and leave it to him to be God.” Prayer allows me to admit my failures, weaknesses, and limitations to One who responds to human vulnerability with infinite mercy. - From location 446 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  48. To let God be God, of course, means climbing down from my own executive chair of control. I must uncreate the world I have so carefully fashioned to further my ends and advance my cause. - From location 451 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  49. Prayer has become for me much more than a shopping list of requests to present to God. It has become a realignment of everything. I pray to restore the truth of the universe, to gain a glimpse of the world, and of me, through the eyes of God. - From location 519 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  50. In prayer I shift my point of view away from my own selfishness. I climb above timberline and look down at the speck that is myself. I gaze at the stars and recall what role I or any of us play in a universe beyond comprehension. Prayer is the act of seeing reality from God’s point of view. - From location 521 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  51. Prayer invites me to lower defenses and present the self that no other person fully knows to a God who already knows. - From location 535 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  52. I begin with confession not in order to feel miserable, rather to call to mind a reality I often ignore. When I acknowledge where I stand before a perfect God, it restores the true state of the universe. Confession simply establishes the proper ground rules of creatures relating to their creator. - From location 561 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  53. How many times I have caught myself praying, “Lord, here’s what needs to happen.… This is what You must do.…”
    Do you ever try to counsel the Lord in your prayer—advising Him about what should happen, how He should work, or what He should do? The best way to pray is to cast our cares upon Him and to share our burdens with Him, but then to say, “Lord, Your will be done because You know best.” - From Isaiah 40:13-14 from Courson’s Application Commentary (3 Vols.) by Jon Courson
  54. Truth hurts. Yet I cannot receive healing unless I accept God’s diagnosis of my wounded state. God already knows who we are; we are the ones who must find a way to come to terms with our true selves. Psalm 139 cries out, “Search me, O God…. See if there is any offensive way in me.” In order to overcome self-deception, I need God’s all-knowing help in rooting out hidden offenses like selfishness, pride, deceit, lack of compassion. - From location 571 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  55. “To pray is to walk in the full light of God, and to say simply, without holding back, ‘I am human and you are God.’ At that moment, conversion occurs, the restoration of the true relationship. A human being is not someone who once in a while makes a mistake, and God is not someone who now and then forgives. No, human beings are sinners and God is love.” - From location 609 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  56. We all bear secrets. Those of us fortunate enough to have a spouse, a friend, or someone we can trust, have someone to share our secrets with. If not, at least we have God, who knows our secrets before we spill them. The fact that we’re still alive shows that God has more tolerance for whatever those secrets represent than we may give God credit for. - From location 630 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  57. Asking for help lies at the root of prayer: the Lord’s Prayer itself consists of a string of such requests. Prayer is a declaration of dependence upon God. - From location 644 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  58. In a world that glorifies success, an admission of weakness disarms pride at the same time that it prepares us to receive grace. Meanwhile, the very weakness that drives us to pray becomes an invitation for God to respond with compassion and power. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. In the presence of the Great Physician, my most appropriate contribution may be my wounds. - From location 647 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  59. In words that apply directly to prayer, Peter says, “ ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Note the progression: humility, the step down, makes possible God’s lifting us up. By trying to be strong, I may even block God’s power. - From location 654 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  60. “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” - From location 660 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  61. In the presence of God I gain a glimpse of my true state in the universe, which exposes my smallness at the same time it reveals God’s greatness. - From location 687 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  62. Prayer allows a place for me to bring my doubts and complaints — in sum, my ignorance — and subject them to the blinding light of a reality I cannot comprehend but can haltingly learn to trust. Prayer is personal, and my doubts take on a different cast as I get to know the Person to whom I bring them. - From location 760 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  63. As God informed the prophet Samuel, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” - From location 782 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  64. In truth, what I think and feel as I pray, rather than the words I speak, may be the real prayer, for God “hears” that too. My every thought occurs in God’s presence. (Psalm 139:4, 7 – 8: “Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord…. Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.”) And as I learn to give voice to those secrets, mysteriously the power they hold over me melts away. - From location 784 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  65. Prayer invites me to bring my whole life into God’s presence for cleansing and restoration. Self-exposure is never easy, but when I do it I learn that underneath the layers of grime lies a damaged work of art that God longs to repair. - From location 809 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  66. “We cannot make Him visible to us, but we can make ourselves visible to Him,” said Abraham Joshua Heschel. I make the attempt with hesitation, shame, and fear, but when I do so I feel those constraints dissolving. My fear of rejection yields to God’s embrace. Somehow, in a way I can only trust and not understand, presenting to God the intimate details of my life gives God pleasure. - From location 811 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  67. Do we wake up every morning amazed that we are loved by God? … Do we allow our day to be shaped by God’s desire to relate to us?” - From location 830 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  68. The most important purpose of prayer may be to let our true selves be loved by God. - From location 839 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  69. Who one believes God to be is most accurately revealed not in any credo but in the way one speaks to God when no one else is listening. NANCY MAIRS   - From location 855 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  70. Christians often treat prayer the same way. If I do my duty, then God “owes me.” Worship becomes a kind of transaction: I’ve given God something, so it’s God’s turn to reciprocate. Prayer as transaction rather than relationship can decline into a practice more duty than joy, an occasional and awkward exercise with little connection to life. - From location 879 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  71. “Jesus talks to his Father as naturally, as intimately and with the same sense of security as a child talks to his father.” - From location 934 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  72. “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” - From location 937 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  73. God’s infinite greatness, which we would expect to diminish us, actually makes possible the very closeness that we desire. - From location 943 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  74. Jesus valued prayer enough to spend many hours at the task. If I had to answer the question “Why pray?” in one sentence, it would be, “Because Jesus did.” He bridged the chasm between God and human beings. While on earth he became vulnerable, as we are vulnerable; rejected, as we are rejected; and tested, as we are tested. In every case his response was prayer. - From location 956 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  75. “For once you have begun to walk with God, you need only keep on walking with God and all of life becomes one long stroll — a marvelous feeling.” - From location 978 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  76. “Contact with Him is not our achievement. It is a gift, coming down to us from on high like a meteor, rather than rising up like a rocket. Before the words of prayer come to the lips, the mind must believe in God’s willingness to draw near to us, and in our ability to clear the path for His approach. Such belief is the idea that leads us toward prayer.” - From location 991 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  77. “Christian discipleship is not a question of our own doing, it is a matter of making room for God so that he can live in us.” - From location 1017 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  78. God is already present in my life and all around me; prayer offers the chance to attend and respond to that presence. - From location 1022 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  79. God finds ways to communicate to those who truly seek God, especially when we lower the volume of the surrounding static. - From location 1051 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  80. I need to think more about God than about myself when I am praying. Even the Lord’s Prayer centers first in what God wants from us. “Hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done” — God wants us to desire these things, to orient our lives around them. - From location 1056 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  81. Prayer that focuses on God, meditative prayer, can serve as a kind of self-forgetfulness. Some have called it a “useless” act because we do it not for the sake of getting something out of it, but spontaneously, as uselessly as a child at play. After an extended time with God, my urgent requests, which had seemed so significant, took on a new light. I began to ask them for God’s sake, not my own. Though my needs may drive me to prayer, there I come face-to-face with my greatest need: an encounter with God’s own self. - From location 1063 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  82. Prayer that is based on relationship and not transaction may be the most freedom-enhancing way of connecting to a God whose vantage point we can never achieve and can hardly imagine. Quoting a psalm, Peter assures us that “the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer.” We need not bang a drum or bring animal sacrifices to get God’s full attention; we already have it. - From location 1067 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  83. The main purpose of prayer is not to make life easier, nor to gain magical powers, but to know God. I need God more than anything I might get from God. - From location 1081 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  84. Jesus seemed fully at ease with the Father and at unease with the world. For him, prayer provided a refreshing reminder of cosmic reality, the “view from above” so often obscured on planet earth. - From location 1107 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  85. Jesus came from a place where God’s command met no opposition; he knew exactly what he was asking when he instructed us to pray: “your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” - From location 1112 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  86. Jesus counted on prayer as a source of strength that equipped him to carry out a partnership with God the Father on earth. Jesus freely admitted his dependence: “the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing.” - From location 1121 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  87. In a telling comment Jesus also said, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” He could not mean that prayer is unnecessary, for his own life belied that. He could only mean that we need not strive to convince God to care; the Father already cares, more than we can know. Prayer is not a matter of giving God new information. Instead of presenting requests as if God may not know them, it might be more appropriate to say, “God, you know I need this!” - From location 1124 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  88. Here, I believe, is the key to understanding what is most personal in prayer. We do not pray to tell God what he does not know, nor to remind him of things he has forgotten. He already cares for the things we pray about…. He has simply been waiting for us to care about them with him. When we pray, we stand by God and look with him toward those people and problems. When we lift our eyes from them toward him, we do so with loving praise, just as we look toward our oldest and dearest friends and tell them how we care for them, though they already know it…. We speak to him as we speak to our most intimate friends — so that we can commune together in love. - From location 1130 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  89. Friendship with God encompasses each of these levels of communication. God cares about the ordinary and everyday as well as the peak experiences. I bring to God my failures and sins (confession, repentance) as well as my triumphs and joys (praise, thanksgiving). I bring to God my worries and concerns (petition, intercession). The very attempt to hide something from God is folly, for God knows all of who I am: the hon ne as well as the tatemae, the genetics as well as the environment, the thoughts and motives as well as the actions. I can sit silent before God, and still we can communicate — sometimes even better. - From location 1161 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  90. We can invite God into our lives and ourselves into God’s. When we do that, putting ourselves on a personal footing with God, so to speak, relationship heats up and a potential for extraordinary friendship stirs to life. For God is a Person, too, and though a person unlike ourselves, One who surely fulfills more of what that word means, not less. - From location 1203 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  91. Prayer, according to one ancient definition, is “keeping company with God.” - From location 1213 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  92. Jesus set the pattern for prayer as a continuous mode of friendship. - From location 1226 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  93. God, like most of us, cares mainly about being loved, believed, trusted, honored. - From location 1245 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  94. As I persist at prayer, I recognize an answering partner who takes up the other side of the dialogue, a kind of internal alter ego representing God’s point of view. When I want revenge, this partner reminds me of forgiveness; when obsessed with my own selfish needs, I am struck with the needs of others. Suddenly I realize I am not talking to myself in this inner dialogue. The Spirit of God is praying within me, communicating the will of the Father. - From location 1246 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  95. “You all know the ‘serenity prayer,’ right?” he asked. “God grant me the courage to change the things I can, the serenity to accept what I can’t change, and the wisdom to know the difference. - From location 1314 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  96. Like most of us, Jesus turned to prayer in times of trouble. - From location 1475 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  97. The other typical form of request, prayer for trivial things, apparently had little place in Jesus’ practice. Common, everyday things, yes: the Lord’s Prayer mentions daily bread, temptations, and broken relationships, but these requests are hardly trivial. Jesus’ prayers, in fact, show a remarkable lack of concern about his own needs. “Take this cup from me” may represent the only time Jesus asked something for himself. - From location 1486 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  98. When alone, Jesus relied on prayer as a kind of spiritual recharging. After an exhausting day of ministry — recruiting disciples, preaching to crowds, healing the sick — he would withdraw to an isolated place to pray. - From location 1495 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  99. After surveying Jesus’ practice of prayer, I realize that his example does answer one important question about prayer: Does it matter? When doubts creep in and I wonder whether prayer is a sanctified form of talking to myself, I remind myself that the Son of God, who had spoken worlds into being and sustains all that exists, felt a compelling need to pray. He prayed as if it made a difference, as if the time he devoted to prayer mattered every bit as much as the time he devoted to caring for people. - From location 1506 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  100. Jesus truly believed that prayer could change things. - From location 1514 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  101. We know how God feels, because Jesus gave us a face, one sometimes streaked with tears. We can follow Jesus through the Gospels and see how he responds to a widow who has lost her son, to an outcast woman whose bleeding won’t stop, even to a Roman officer whose servant has fallen ill. In his tender mercy Jesus gave us a visible sign of how the Father must hear our prayers even now. - From location 1522 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  102. “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” Jesus taught us to pray, and he of all people knew the contrast between the two places. On earth Jesus daily confronted tokens of opposition to that will. - From location 1525 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  103. Jesus clung to prayer as to a lifeline, for it gave him both the guidance and the energy to know and do the Father’s will. To maintain belief in the “real” world from which he came, to nourish memory of eternal light, he had to work at it all night on occasion or rise before daybreak. - From location 1530 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  104. Jesus, who knew above any of us the wisdom of the Father and yet who felt a strong need to flood the heavens with requests. - From location 1539 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  105. Although Jesus offered no metaphysical proofs of the effectiveness of prayer, the very fact that he did it establishes its worth. “Ask and you will receive,” he said frankly, a rebuke to anyone who considers petition a primitive form of prayer. When his disciples failed in their attempts to heal an afflicted boy, Jesus had a simple explanation: lack of prayer. - From location 1541 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  106. “Prayer is not a means of removing the unknown and unpredictable elements in life, but rather a way of including the unknown and unpredictable in the outworking of the grace of God in our lives.” - From location 1563 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  107. In strange and mysterious ways, prayer incorporates the unknown and unpredictable in the outworking of God’s grace. - From location 1570 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  108. Through prayer I reconnect to God throughout the day. My body chemistry actually changes as I consciously release my problems to God and seek his help. - From location 1581 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  109. We truly live only one day at a time. It doesn’t really help to worry about the future, which we can’t control, or the past, which we can’t change. So I ask God to help me maximize what he wants emphasized in my day. Each day is a kind of treasure hunt, looking for God’s treasures, but it takes an intentional connection with God to awaken me, to make me aware. - From location 1582 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  110. I come to God with my complaints and laments. I grapple with God, call him to account. And I believe God welcomes that dialogue. In the process, I learn who I am. - From location 1589 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  111. I see the Christian’s life on this planet as a battle, too. We try to follow God on a place in active rebellion against him. I don’t expect prayer to make that any easier, any less problemfilled. I do expect it to give me the inner strength to keep fighting. Persistence is my way of demonstrating faith. - From location 1594 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  112. Although Jesus’ prayers do not offer a foolproof formula, they do give clues as to how God works — and does not work — on this planet. Especially when trouble strikes, we want God to intervene more decisively, but Jesus’ prayers underscore God’s style of restraint out of respect for human freedom. Often God rules by overruling. - From location 1597 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  113. The Bible draws a strong contrast between the freedom-crushing style of evil and the freedom-respecting style of good. - From location 1622 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  114. Regarding possession by the Holy Spirit, Paul warns, “Quench not the Spirit” and “grieve not the holy Spirit of God.” The Lord of the universe becomes so small, so freedom-respecting as to put himself somehow at our mercy. - From location 1625 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  115. Words fail to capture the enormity of descent when a sovereign God takes up residence in a person and says, in effect, “Don’t hurt me. Don’t push me away.” The poet John Donne prayed, “Batter my heart, three-person’d God.” But God rarely does. God woos, and waits. - From location 1628 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  116. Jesus’ prayers for Peter — and perhaps for Judas as well — express God’s unfathomable respect for human freedom. Even when he senses his close friend will betray him, Jesus does not intervene with a freedom-crushing miracle. He allows history to take its course, at enormous personal cost, praying all the while that even betrayal and death may be redeemed as part of the outworking of the grace of God. For Peter’s sake, for Judas’s, and for the world’s, that prayer found an answer. - From location 1632 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  117. For most of us prayer serves as a resource to help in a time of testing or conflict. For Jesus, it was the battle itself. Once the Gethsemane prayers had aligned him with the Father’s will, what happened next was merely the means to fulfill it. Prayer mattered that much. - From location 1664 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  118. I cannot, nor can anyone, promise that prayer will solve all problems and eliminate all suffering. At the same time, I also know that Jesus commanded his followers to pray, certain that it makes a difference in a world full of opposition to God’s will. - From location 1677 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  119. For a time, God has chosen to operate on this broken planet mostly from the bottom up rather than from the top down — a pattern God’s own Son subjected himself to while on earth. Partly out of respect for human freedom, God often allows things to play out “naturally.” - From location 1682 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  120. Jesus knew, too, the cost of divine restraint, the deeply personal cost of letting the world have its way with him. He understood that redemption comes from passing through the pain, not avoiding it: “for the joy set before him [he] endured the cross.” Somehow redeemed suffering is better than no suffering at all, Easter better than skipping Good Friday altogether. Although Jesus knew the redemptive pattern in advance. - From location 1689 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  121. God has not leashed the forces of evil, not yet anyway,* but has provided resources beyond our awareness, including the personal concern of the Son, to counter and even transform evil. We know that prayer matters because after leaving earth Jesus made it one of his primary tasks: “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” As Jesus once prayed for Peter, now he prays for us. - From location 1699 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  122. In fact, the New Testament’s only glimpse of what Jesus is doing right now depicts him at the right hand of God “interceding for us.” In three years of active ministry, Jesus changed the moral landscape of the planet. For nearly two thousand years since, he has been using another tactic: prayer. - From location 1704 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  123. When I betray the love and grace God has shown me, I fall back on the promise that Jesus prays for me — as he did for Peter — not that I would never face testing, nor ever fail, but that in the end I will allow God to use the testing and failure to mold me into someone more useful to the kingdom, someone more like Jesus. - From location 1706 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  124. God invites argument and struggle, and often yields, especially when the point of contention is God’s mercy. In the very process of arguing, we may in fact take on God’s own qualities. - From location 1837 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  125. Like Abraham, I approach God at first in fear and trembling, only to learn that God wants me to stop groveling and start arguing. I dare not meekly accept the state of the world, with all its injustice and unfairness. I must call God to account for God’s own promises, God’s own character. - From location 1897 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  126. I learned an important lesson, that not communicating is worse than fighting. In a wrestling match, at least both parties stay engaged. - From location 1915 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  127. God does not give in easily. Yet at the same time God seems to welcome the persistence that keeps on fighting long after the match has been decided. - From location 1949 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  128. We are “God’s fellow workers,” the apostle Paul said. We collaborate with God’s actions in the world.* And as God’s coworkers we are encouraged to submit our requests, our desires, our petitions in prayer. - From location 1991 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  129. I accept Jesus’ assurance that his departure from earth represents progress, by opening a door for the Counselor to enter. We know how counselors work: not by giving orders and imposing changes through external force. A good counselor works on the inside, bringing to the surface dormant health. For a relationship between such unequal partners, prayer provides an ideal medium. - From location 2025 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  130. Prayer is cooperation with God, a consent that opens the way for grace to work. Most of the time the Counselor communicates subtly: feeding ideas into my mind, bringing to awareness a caustic comment I just made, inspiring me to choose better than I would have done otherwise, shedding light on the hidden dangers of temptation, sensitizing me to another’s needs. God’s Spirit whispers rather than shouts, and brings peace not turmoil. Although such a partnership with God may lack the drama of the bargaining sessions with Abraham and Moses, the advance in intimacy is striking out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. - From location 2028 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  131. Because we live in a world of matter, most of the ways we encounter God — nature, the Bible, the Word made flesh, the sacraments, other people, the church — include materiality. God’s own state, though, God’s preferred milieu if you will, is the realm of spirit. Prayer reflects that difference between us. Although we may ask God to intervene directly, it should not surprise us if God responds in a more hidden way in cooperation with a person’s own choice. - From location 2043 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  132. Franciscan Benediction May God bless you with discomfort At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships So that you may live deep within your heart. - From location 2078 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  133. “When I pray, coincidences happen,” said Archbishop William Temple; “when I don’t, they don’t.” Rather than dissecting such incidents, I try to use them as building blocks of faith, to see them as “God-incidents” instead of coincidences. - From location 2101 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  134. Ultimately, I want to pray for what God wants, and if God doesn’t want something for me, I shouldn’t want it either. Spending time in meditative prayer, getting to know God, helps align my desires with God’s. I can never completely align with God’s will because I do not have the capacity for fully knowing it. What I do know, though, informs my prayers.* As one well-known pastor used to say, “Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer except that which lies outside the will of God.” Of course, we don’t fully know God’s will, which explains why we pray. - From location 2134 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  135. Jesus prayed “Your will be done” at the end of his struggle with God in Gethsemane, as a resolution to all that had gone before, including a clear request for another way out. I have become convinced that the phrase “Your will be done” belongs at the end of my prayers, not at the beginning. If I begin with that qualifier I am tempted to edit my prayers, to suppress my desires, to resign myself to whatever happens. I thus cut short what God wants from me: that I make known my requests, and in so doing make known my self. - From location 2139 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  136. I have discovered that God wisely answers prayer in a different way than I envision. I pray that my book will win a prize and instead find I need to improve my writing. I pray to get rich and instead find that money would be a curse distracting me from more important things. After enough of these lessons, I adjust my immature prayers in the light of what I have learned from knowing God through meditation. - From location 2144 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  137. In the end, I learn that God has ordained prayer as a means of getting God’s will done on earth, not ours. Yes, God hears and responds to my requests. Yes, God somehow incorporates those requests into a plan of action on earth. - From location 2158 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  138. As partners in God’s work on earth, we insist that God’s will be done while at the same time committing ourselves to whatever that may require of us. “Your kingdom come, your will be done,” Jesus taught us to pray. These words are not placid invocations but demands, expressed in the imperative mood. - From location 2221 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  139. We have different roles to play, we and God. As God made clear to Job, we humans lack the capacity to figure out providence and cosmic justice and answers to the “Why?” questions. It is our role, rather, to follow in Jesus’ steps by doing the work of the kingdom both by our deeds and by our prayers. - From location 2225 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  140. Those we pray for, Christ prays for. Paul said, “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ ” Even when we do not know what we ought to pray for, or how to pray, that Spirit intercedes for us: “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” - From location 2231 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  141. Christ’s Spirit is praying within us even when we lack both the wisdom and the words for prayer. Although we may not know God’s will on a given issue, the Spirit within us surely does. In other words, our most immature prayers have an inbuilt self-corrective. Though we feel ignorant in our prayers, the Spirit does not. Though we feel exhausted and confused, the Spirit does not. Though we feel lacking in faith, the Spirit does not. God is not so far off that we need to raise our voices to be heard. We need only groan. - From location 2235 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  142. In my own frustrations with prayer, I used to focus on the lack of God’s intervention. Why won’t God do what I ask? My perspective has changed as I understand prayer as partnership, a subtle interplay of human and divine that accomplishes God’s work on earth.* God asks me to make myself known to him in prayer and then works my prayers into a master plan for my life — a plan which I can only faintly grasp. - From location 2251 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  143. God’s rule encompasses all human institutions and all history. “The globe itself lives and is upheld as by Atlas arms through the prayers of those whose love has not grown cold. The world lives by these uplifted hands, and by nothing else!” thundered Helmut Thielicke.  - From location 2315 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  144. We pray because against evil forces we have no more powerful way to bring together the two worlds, visible and invisible. I present my world, whatever its circumstances, to God and ask for God’s help in equipping me to counter the forces of evil.  - From location 2341 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  145. Barth wrote, “To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.”  - From location 2347 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  146. You see, most of us have only known the long, formal, boring prayers we hear in churches. We are just now discovering the privilege of talking to God as to a friend! - From location 2362 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  147. “Why do you pray?” If your day starts off wrong, it stays skewed. What I’ve found is that getting up a little earlier and trying to have an hour of quiet in the presence of God, mulling over some Scripture, supports me. I try to have two, three hours of quiet per day and even when I exercise, when I go on the treadmill for thirty minutes, I use that time for intercession. - From location 2458 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  148. In prayer we stand before God to plead our condition as well as the conditions around us. In the process, the act of prayer emboldens me to join the work of transforming the world into a place where the Father’s will is indeed done as it is in heaven. We are Christ’s body on earth, after all; he has no hands but ours. And yet to act as Christ’s body we need an unbroken connection to the Head. We pray in order to see the world with God’s eyes, and then to join the stream of power as it breaks loose. - From location 2466 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  149. “A day without morning and evening prayers and personal intercessions is actually a day without meaning or importance.” - From location 2477 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  150. Bonhoeffer cautioned against an activism that opposed the forces of evil without drawing on the power of prayer. The battle against evil requires both prayer and prayerful action. - From location 2482 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  151. Praying can be a risky enterprise, I have found, as the Spirit often convicts me of the very thing I am praying about. - From location 2508 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  152. The inner voice of prayer expresses itself naturally in action, just as the inner voice of my brain guides all my bodily actions. - From location 2511 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  153. Prayer may seem at first like disengagement, a reflective time to consider God’s point of view. But that vantage presses us back to accomplish God’s will, the work of the kingdom. We are God’s fellow workers, and as such we turn to prayer to equip us for the partnership. Karl Barth, living in the crisis days of Nazi rule, declared prayer to be “the true and proper work of the Christian,” and observed that “the most active workers and thinkers and fighters in the divine service in this world have at the same time, and manifestly, been the most active in prayer.” - From location 2549 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  154. What would happen if we followed literally Jesus’ command to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us? How would it affect the reputation of Christians in the United States if we became known not for our access to the White House but for our access to heaven on behalf of those who strenuously, even violently, disagree with us? - From location 2598 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  155. “History belongs to the intercessors, who believe the future into being.” The prayers are essential agents in the final victory over evil, suffering, and death. - From location 2608 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  156. Jesus acknowledged that God already knows our needs in advance:  We don’t have to convince God of our sincerity or our needs. We already have the Father’s ear, as it were. God knows everything about us and still listens. We can get right to the point. - From location 2657 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  157. The New Testament presses home that our prayers make a difference to God and to the world: Ask and it will be given to you. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well…. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer. - From location 2675 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  158. The apostle Paul affirms that the Holy Spirit also has an intimate role in prayer: “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” In one of the few verses that mention all persons of the Trinity, Paul brings the three together: “For through him [Christ] we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit conduct a kind of inner conversation, showing that God welcomes debate and counsel.  - From location 2711 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  159. I used to think that if I worked hard to be good enough, God would answer my prayers in the way that I wanted. Now I’ve learned to bow low. I’m just a steward, a pawn, with no real concept of what’s best for me. The hard times I’ve gone through — and there are many — have taught me that God can use anything for his purposes.  - From location 2729 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  160. I’ve learned humility in prayer. God is the boss, not me. Whatever makes me bow lower is good for me because it seems God takes great delight in raising us up. - From location 2732 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  161. Prayer is a designated instrument of God’s power, as real and as “natural” as any other power God may use.  - From location 2763 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  162. The act of prayer brings together Creator and creature, eternity and time, in all the fathomless mystery implied by that convergence. I can view prayer as a way of asking a timeless God to intervene more directly in our time-bound life on earth. - From location 2803 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  163. Don’t be anxious, but pray about everything, Paul tells the Philippians. That’s the key to God’s peace. I treasure the time I spend with God more than the requests I want him to fulfill. - From location 2842 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  164. He went away for our sakes, as a form of power sharing, to invite us into direct communion with God and to give us a crucial role in the struggle against the forces of evil. - From location 2884 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  165. Why pray? Evidently, God likes to be asked. God certainly does not need our wisdom or our knowledge, nor even the information contained in our prayers (“your Father knows what you need before you ask him”). But by inviting us into the partnership of creation, God also invites us into relationship. God is love, said the apostle John. God does not merely have love or feel love. God is love and cannot not love. As such, God yearns for relationship with the creatures made in his image. - From location 2893 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  166. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God,” Paul instructs. - From location 2897 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  167. The King James Version speaks of “making known” our requests. How can we make known a request to a God who already knows? Relationship is the key. - From location 2899 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  168. Consider again the act of repentance. Confessing my sins before God communicates something God already knows. Yet somehow the act of confession binds the relationship and allows a closeness that could not otherwise exist. I make myself vulnerable and dependent, bringing God and me together. - From location 2905 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  169. I go to God with my concerns, though, as a child goes to a loving Father. I admit my dependence and make known my requests, fully aware that God and not I will make the final decision. In the time I spend with God, I may come away with a different view of the world or at least a new appreciation of my limited point of view. In exchange God gets my attention, my engagement, my soul. - From location 2910 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  170. By using prayer rather than other, more direct means, God once again chooses the most freedom-enhancing style of acting in the world. God waits to be asked, in some inscrutable way making God’s activity on earth contingent on us. Does the kingdom, or “God’s will,” advance more slowly because of that choice?* Yes, in the same way parents slow their pace when the youngest child is learning to walk. Their goal is to equip someone else, not themselves. - From location 2913 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  171. Ah, how sweet it is to suffer with God! However great the sufferings may be, receive them with love. It is paradise to suffer and be with Him; so that if in this life we would enjoy the peace of paradise we must accustom ourselves to a familiar, humble, affectionate conversation with Him. We must hinder our spirits’ wandering from Him upon any occasion. We must make our heart a spiritual temple, wherein to adore Him incessantly. We must watch continually over ourselves, that we may not do nor say nor think anything that may displease Him. When our minds are thus employed about God, suffering will become full of unction and consolation.   - Brother Lawrence (1967-02-01). Practice of the Presence of God, The (Kindle Locations 476-481). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 
  172. Father in heaven, we call upon You today. We know that You are the Giver of all good things … and that You never change. Your heart is moved when Your people pray. So remind us, our Father, that there is nothing more important we can do when facing situations that are beyond us … than to pray. We remember that prayer forces us to wait, and we must learn to wait patiently for Your timing . Prayer quiets our hearts before You. The chaos subsides and life seems to settle down around us as we pray. - Charles Swindoll (2013-08-13). Hear Me When I Call (p. 170). Worthy Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
  173. God puts desires in my heart, but I still have the responsibility to pray, to ask for those things stirring within me. “You have not because you ask not,” James plainly says (4:2).  “Ask and it shall be given. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened to you,” Jesus said (Matthew 7:7). The verb tense is literally “ Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking.” Why? Because in the very act of prayer, our desires are adjusted.  “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me,” Jesus prayed. “Nevertheless, not My will but Thine be done,” He added, committing Himself to obey His Father no matter the cost (Luke 22:42).  - From commentary made on Psalm 22:2(b) in Courson’s Application Commentary by John Courson.