Prayer/Worship - Section 3

  1. Prayer is a mysterious thing. It is one of the laws of the universe, as real and as functional as the laws of electricity, sound, magnetism, or light. God takes our prayers into consideration just as He takes the laws of chemistry, physics, or medicine into consideration. As He weighs all of the factors of matter, space, and time in the balances of His purposes, so He takes into account all of the features of our nature, persons, and personalities, along with all of the facets of our minds, hearts, and wills. Along with all of these things, He takes into consideration our prayers. The prayers of God's people are an important factor in the great equation of His involvement in the affairs of this world. We can no more define all of the implications of that- why God should be interested in and influenced by our prayers- than we can explain all the implications of nuclear science, the genetic code, or the behavior of countless galaxies in space. God assures us that our prayers count. That is what matters. - From commentary on James 4:2c-3 from the John Phillips Commentary Series (27 volumes) from Kregal Publisher
  2. “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” - From location 2947 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  3. Psalm 77:4 - You don’t let me sleep. I am too distressed even to pray! Make good use of your insomnia. Pray when you can’t sleep. I have a friend who kept asking God to help him wake up earlier so he could pray more. Part of his problem in getting up early was that he was so sleepy from waking up in the middle of the night. Then it occurred to him that maybe God’s answer to his prayer for more time to pray was to wake him up. The last I heard, he was quite content with his nighttime prayer sessions. Patterson, Ben (2008-09-22). God's Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms (p. 195). Tyndale House Publishers - A. Kindle Edition. 
  4. In his book Sacred Pathways, Gary identifies nine of the ways people draw near to God: Naturalists are most inspired to love God out-of-doors, in natural settings. Sensates love God with their senses and appreciate beautiful worship services that involve their sight, taste, smell, and touch, not just their ears. Traditionalists draw closer to God through rituals, liturgies, symbols, and unchanging structures. Ascetics prefer to love God in solitude and simplicity. Activists love God through confronting evil, battling injustice, and working to make the world a better place. Caregivers love God by loving others and meeting their needs. Enthusiasts love God through celebration. Contemplatives love God through adoration. Intellectuals love God by studying with their minds.
    There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to worship and friendship with God. One thing is certain: You don’t bring glory to God by trying to be someone he never intended you to be. God wants you to be yourself. “That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship.” - From the Day 12 reading from “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren.
  5. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.  “I do pray,” you may say. “But I don’t get what I ask for.”  That’s because you’re asking amiss. Prayer is not giving orders. It’s reporting for duty. And once a person finally understands that prayer is not man saying, “Bless the business; bring in the money; solve the problem,” and God saying, “Aye, aye, Captain,” his prayer life will be revolutionized.  Prayer is saying, “Father what do You want to do in my life? I want You to do what You see is best for me because I get mixed up so easily.  - From Commentary on James 4:3 from Courson’s Application Commentary by Jon Courson.
  6. When discouraged, we naturally pray for relief . . . we beg the Lord to act on our behalf. What if, instead, we asked for the opportunity to do something for Him? How might our perspective change if we began to see ourselves as agents of God’s will, acting on His behalf and carrying out His desires, rather than always expecting Him to serve us? When is the last time you asked the Lord for an opportunity to do something for Him? Perhaps now is a good time, especially if you’re struggling with discouragement. When you pray for the ability to carry out His will, it’s likely your sense of powerlessness will quickly fade. - Swindoll, Charles R (2012-08-01). Living the Psalms: Encouragement for the Daily Grind (pp. 21-22). Worthy Publishing. Kindle Edition.
  7. To be taught by the Bible to pray is to learn to want and feel what the Bible expresses—to say what it means and mean what it says. 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. 
  8. We should pray like a salesman with his foot wedged in the door opening, like a wrestler who has his opponent in a headlock and won’t let go.  - From location 2954 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  9. Don’t ever hesistate to take to God whatever is on your heart.  He already knows it anyway, but He doesn’t want you to bear its pain or celebrate its joy alone. - From page 166 of Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  10. Sadly, even today many commit the grievous sin of insincere worship. The one true God, the Creator of heaven and earth, the merciful Father who gave us His only Son—deserves only the very best that we can bring to Him. He deserves far more than merely good intentions or meaningless deeds. He deserves the fullest measure of our devotion as well as our complete attention when we enter God’s presence, whether for private worship or for public worship in His house. He is worthy of truth and sincerity in our worship.

    We must examine our hearts in regard to our worship. When we enter God’s presence privately or publically, every part of our worship should be about Him, not about us. When we offer our worship up to the Lord, it must be worthy of the great God who inhabits His church and His people.

    “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4:24).
    “Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth”
    (Ps. 26:8).
    “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock”
    (Ps. 27:4-5).
    “Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him”
    (Ps. 33:8).
    “O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth”
    (Ps. 96:9).
    - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  11. The God “who watches over you will not slumber,” promises a psalm of comfort. Even so, sometimes when we pray it feels as if God has indeed nodded off. Raise your voice, Jesus’ story implies. Strive on, like the shameless neighbor in the middle of the night. Keep pounding the door. - From location 2955 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  12. When I worship, I would rather my heart be without words than my words without heart. - Lamar Boschmam
  13. Always pray and don't give up. - From location 2961 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  14. The best part of prayer is God. To be in his presence—to find in him a refuge, to be under his protection—is our greatest joy, the purpose for living. Thank God for the mercy that gives this greatest gift and that enables you to pray with full confidence: You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. - Patterson, Ben (2008-09-22). God's Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms (p. 44). Tyndale House Publishers - A. Kindle Edition. 
  15. When God seems slow to respond, we may suspect a lack of concern. Jesus corrects the misconception, pointing beyond how we may feel to an assurance of God’s mercy. - From location 2984 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  16. Jesus told the story of the nagging widow to teach us to “always pray and not give up.” History is a test of faith, and the correct response to that test is persistent prayer. - From location 2996 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  17. God has infinite tolerance for our requests and demands, especially those supporting the cause of God’s own kingdom. - From location 3008 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  18. Real power rests in those who perceive history as God’s own drama, who tap into a power accessible only to those who ask and seek and knock. Prayer sets God loose. As we revolt against the world’s disorder in our actions and in our prayers, refusing to resign ourselves to evil, we demonstrate that there remains, in Jesus’ phrase, “faith on the earth.” - From location 3013 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  19. Psalm 16:1 - Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge. -  Pray for protection—you need it. Your enemies may be people or disease, but more likely they are the “evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world [and] ... evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12)—what classic Christian theology has called the devil, the world, and your own sinfulness. -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. 
  20. Unlike a human parent, God knows my true motive, whether pure or impure, noble or selfish, from the moment of the original request. - From location 3053 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  21. God hears all kinds of prayers. The Psalter itself contains various types of prayer. Besides, we have the New Testament teaching that, although we often “do not know what we ought to pray, … the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Rom. 8:26). - From the Psalms 5 comentary from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 vols.) by James Montgomery Boice.
  22. Always respectful of human freedom, God does not twist arms. God views my persistence as a sign of genuine desire for change, the one prerequisite for spiritual growth. When I really want something, I strive and persist. - From location 3068 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  23. Persistent prayer keeps bringing God and me together, with several important benefits. As I pour out my soul to God, I get it off my chest, so to speak, unloading some of my burden to One who can handle it better. Little by little, as I get to know God I learn that God has nothing in common with an unjust judge or a stingy neighbor, though at times it may seem so. What I learn from spending time with God then better equips me to discern what God wants to do on earth, as well as my role in that plan. - From location 3081 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  24. Remember, the Bible is a critical part of the dialogue with God we call prayer, the chief part of his side of the conversation. -Patterson, Ben (2008-09-22). God's Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms (p. 73). Tyndale House Publishers - A. Kindle Edition. 
  25. We may approach God with some material benefit in mind, and sometimes, blessedly, we receive it. But in the very act of praying we also open up a channel that God can use in transforming us, in making us good. Persistent prayer changes me by helping me see the world, and my life, through God’s eyes. As the relationship progresses I realize that God has a clearer picture of what I need than I do. - From location 3086 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  26. Prayer is not a monologue but a true dialogue in which both parties accommodate to the other. Although I bring my honest concerns to God, over time I may come away with an entirely different set of concerns. - From location 3096 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  27. In persistent prayer, my own desires and plans gradually harmonize with God’s. - From location 3098 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  28. Persistent prayer leads us into a new spiritual state for God to deal with. - From location 3111 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  29. Hezekiah recognized the good that came from his bitter experience. The next time you have difficult struggles, pray for God’s help to gain something beneficial from them. - From the reading on Isaiah 38:16-18 from the Life Applications Study Bible NIV - Study Bible Notes by Tyndale House Publishers
  30. The real value of persistent prayer is not so much that we get what we want as that we become the person we should be. - From location 3116 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  31. Ask God to deepen and focus your hungers and longings on him as your true food and water. Pray to be like Jesus, who said, “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work” (John 4:34). -Patterson, Ben (2008-09-22). God's Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms (p. 160). Tyndale House Publishers - A. Kindle Edition.  
  32. Luke’s version of the parable of the crotchety neighbor ends with these words: “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Matthew repeats the same saying, with one change: “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” - From location 3127 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  33. Asking, seeking, and knocking does have an effect on God, as Jesus insists, but it also has a lasting effect on the asker-seeker-knocker. - From location 3136 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  34. Prayer offers an opportunity for God to remodel us, to chisel marble like a sculptor, touch up colors like an artist, edit words like a writer. The work continues until death, never perfected in this life. - From location 3142 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  35. There is no limit to the power of prayer, for there is no limit to God’s power. God is omnipotent, all-powerful, possessing perfect and boundless power to do anything He desires. But God is not only omnipotent, He is also omniscient, knowing all things. Nothing is hidden from God. God sees and knows all.
    This message of God’s omnipotence and omniscience is wonderful news, for God knows when serious illnesses strike us or crises confront us. And God has the power to handle whatever we may face, no matter how severe or painful. When we face these mammoth problems, our responsibility is to pray, turning toward the Lord and crying out to Him. If we are sincere and willing to turn our lives totally over to Him, God will hear and answer our prayers. In some cases, He will miraculously heal us. In other cases, He will give us the strength to walk through the illness or crisis victoriously. Through prayer there is nothing—absolutely nothing—that can defeat or overcome us, not even death itself. God’s knowledge is infinite. He knows everything about us, even the very number of hairs upon our head. Along with that God has the power to help us. Listen to what God’s Word says about the power of prayer.
    “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Mt. 7:7).
    “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mk. 11:24).
    “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (Jn. 15:7).
    “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (Jn. 16:24).
     - From the “Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 38:1:1-8 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  36. Prayer remains a struggle for me. On the other hand, so does forgiving someone who has wronged me. So does loving my neighbor. So does caring for the needy. I persist because I am fulfilling God’s command, and also because I believe I am doing what is best for me whether or not I feel like it at the time. Moreover, I believe that my perseverance, in some unfathomable way, brings pleasure to God. We should always pray and not give up, Jesus taught. - From location 3248 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  37. How do we learn to pray? Mother Teresa answers, “By praying…. If you want to pray better, you must pray more.” - From location 3255 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  38. I too appreciate prayer mostly in retrospect. The process itself feels like work. I look for ways to avoid it and keep glancing at the clock as I’m praying. During the day, however, thoughts and impressions come to mind that stem directly from my prayers. I am far more likely to view events that occur and people I encounter from God’s point of view. Like a lingering scent, prayer carries over into the rest of the day. - From location 3275 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  39. Every major life change will have its effect on prayer, both its practice and its content. The only fatal mistake is to stop praying and not begin again. - From location 3303 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  40. As with physical exercise, much of the benefit of prayer comes as a result of consistency, the simple act of showing up. The writer Nancy Mairs says she attends church in the same spirit in which a writer goes to her desk every morning, so that if an idea comes along she’ll be there to receive it. I approach prayer the same way. Many days I would be hard-pressed to describe a direct benefit. I keep on, though, whether it feels like I am profiting or not. I show up in hopes of getting to know God better, and perhaps hearing from God in ways accessible only through quiet and solitude. - From location 3345 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  41. Athletes and musicians never become great without regular practice. I found that I needed the discipline of regularity to make possible those exceptional times of free communication with God. - From location 3353 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  42. When I pray, it may seem that I am narrowing my world, retreating from the real world into a prayer closet in Jesus’ metaphor. Actually I am entering another world, just as real but invisible, a world that has power to change both me and the world I seem to be retreating from. Regular prayer helps me to protect inner space, to prevent the outer world from taking over. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God,” Jesus said. - From location 3362 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  43. Prayer involves a “renewing of the mind,” a two-stage process of purging out what displeases God and damages me (the same, it turns out) and allowing God to fill my mind with what matters far more. - From location 3367 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  44. Contact with God doesn’t just provide a moment of spiritual ecstasy; it equips me for the rest of life. I corral a few minutes of calm in the morning in hopes that I can carry some part of that calm into the rest of the day. If I pray consistently I feel free and strong, able to meet the challenges and temptations of the day. As the book of Psalms demonstrates so well, prayer does not mean retreating away from life, but rather bringing the stuff of our world — the rhythms of nature, harassing problems, disturbed emotions, personality conflicts — before God, then asking for a new perspective and new energy to take back to that world. - From location 3369 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  45. In short, prayer invites God into my world and ushers me into God’s. Jesus himself, who spent many hours in solitary prayer, invariably returned to a busy world of weddings, dinners, and crowds of sick and needy people. - From location 3374 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  46. I look for ways to bring the two worlds together, God’s and mine, to let them become one. - From location 3377 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  47. “God, show me what you are doing today, and how I can be a part of it.” - From location 3395 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  48. If I do not schedule such times in the morning or evening, they do not happen of their own accord. I have to make time, just as I make time for physical exercise, for watching the news, for eating. - From location 3400 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  49. I have found that a regular place helps settle me into a spirit of prayer. - From location 3402 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  50. Psalms keeps me honest by furnishing words to prayers I would not pray apart from their prompting. I have learned to pray more humanly by reading the psalms and making them my prayers. - From location 3502 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  51. The psalms expose to the light resentments and wounds long hidden. I find it liberating that God welcomes, even encourages, me to face into my dark side in my prayers. I can trust God with my secrets.  - From location 3504 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  52. Once, I took a sequence of ten psalms (35 – 44) and listed other principles of prayer I had learned from them. I found that the psalms broadened my notion of prayer by taking more risks, demanding more of the relationship, expressing more passion. In short, they exposed the shallowness of my own prayers and challenged me to engage with God at a deeper level. - From location 3544 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  53. Work out animosity toward enemies not by gossip or hostility, but by informing God of their injustice and asking God to set things right. - From location 3547 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  54. It’s all right to express impatience to God, asking for a speeded-up answer to prayer — and even to spell out God’s own interests in achieving the desired results. - From location 3549 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  55. Prayer sometimes involves talking to yourself (“Do not fret … Trust in the Lord … Be still”), saying aloud what you know to be healthy but have a hard time putting into practice. - From location 3550 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  56. Focus not just on the unfairness and problems of life, but also on all that does turn out well. Review the good things of the past, and don’t forget in the darkness what you learned in the light. - From location 3552 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  57. Project yourself into the future as a changed person. Behavioral psychologists would call this the “Act as if” principle. - From location 3554 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  58. I learned from Psalms to converse with God as I would converse with my employer, my friend, my wife — in short, to treat God as a Person in every sense of the word. I had seen prayer as a kind of duty, not as a safe outlet for whatever I was thinking or feeling. Psalms freed me to go deeper. - From location 3556 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  59. Jesus Christ is the center of the universe and that we should ally with his forces on earth. Our struggle is “against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms,” Paul told the Ephesians, and he prayed as though he believed it. - From location 3572 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  60. I get the sense, reading Paul’s prayers, that he cares more for others’ well-being than for his own. - From location 3576 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  61. The prayers of Paul expose by contrast the immature prayers I often hear at church meetings — and my own prayers — which tend to revolve around physical and financial well-being. - From location 3578 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  62. God is never far from Paul’s thoughts, and thanksgiving and praise come to mind whenever something good happens. He practices the presence of God by giving credit to God, not himself. - From location 3581 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  63. From Paul’s prayers I learn to dethrone myself by first considering a cosmic point of view and then looking at my friends and family, my life, the church, and indeed all history from that vantage. - From location 3586 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  64. I made a selection of great prayers of the Bible, which can be read in a two-week period, one prayer a day. Some are intimate and private while others were delivered in a very public setting. Each gives an actual example of a person talking to God about an important matter and teaches something unique about prayer: Genesis 18: Abraham’s plea for Sodom. Exodus 15: Moses’ song to the Lord. Exodus 33: Moses meets with God. 2 Samuel 7: David’s response to God’s promises. 1 Kings 8: Solomon’s dedication of the temple. 2 Chronicles 20: Jehoshaphat prays for victory. Ezra 9: Ezra’s prayer for the people’s sins. Psalm 22: A cry to God for help. Psalm 104: A prayer of praise. Daniel 9: Daniel’s prayer for the salvation of Jerusalem. Habakkuk 3: A prophet’s prayer of acceptance. Matthew 6: The Lord’s prayer. John 17: Jesus’ prayer for his disciples. Colossians 1: Paul’s prayer of thanksgiving. - From location 3590 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  65. Studying the Bible affords a glimpse of the broad sweep of God’s actions in history. It gets my own life off center stage. I learn the wisdom of reviewing the big picture, of placing my own small story in the context of God’s story. I learn that I am not the only one who has wrestled with God or who has endured a time of wilderness and testing. I learn how to adore God, something that does not come naturally to me. Prayers based on the Bible help me recognize God’s voice. - From location 3607 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  66. Written prayers serve an especially useful purpose, I have found, during periods of spiritual dryness, when spontaneous prayer seems an impossible chore. I borrow the words, if not the faith, of others when my own words fail. At such a time I have two options. I can stop praying completely, which only serves to distance me further from God. - From location 3635 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  67. For a year I relied on prayers from a Liturgy of the Hours. I have also used The Book of Common Prayer; both of these collections are readily available in inexpensive editions. Because they are designed for group worship, under the guidance of a leader, they may not seem user-friendly at first. Yet they have the advantage of being compiled by people sensitive to both spiritual and literary concerns, and they have stood the test of time.  - From location 3638 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  68. For those who prefer extemporaneous prayers, practical advice abounds. Many popular guides recommend a formula based on the acronym ACTS, for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. - From location 3650 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  69. “Create in me a pure heart, O God”; when spiritually depressed, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation.” The very repetition of the words throughout the day works its effect on my downcast soul. I ask God to help me believe the words I am praying. - From location 3709 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  70. For me, the words of prayer are less important than the act of remembering. I look for the spaces, the interstices, in my life. Lying awake at night, insomnious. Soaking in a bathtub. Driving. Biding time while my computer reboots. Sitting in a ski lift. Standing in line at a check-out counter. Waiting for someone who is late. Riding on a public bus or train. Exercising. Lengthy church services, I find, offer prime opportunities for prayer. Instead of fidgeting or staring at my watch during a lull, I pray. - From location 3713 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  71. “The wind blows wherever it pleases,” Jesus said to Nicodemus. “You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.” And so I have found, as I look for God in the everydayness of life. “Aha” moments catch me by surprise: a surge of gratitude, a pang of compassion. But they catch me, I have learned, only when I am looking for them. - From location 3720 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  72. I am convinced the main requirement in prayer is honesty, approaching God “just as we are.” - From location 3753 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  73. A sense of unworthiness hardly disqualifies me from prayer; rather, it serves as a necessary starting point. Apart from feeling unworthy, why call on God in the first place? Unworthiness establishes the ground rules, setting the proper alignment between broken human beings and a perfect God. I now consider it a motivation for prayer, not a hindrance. - From location 3761 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  74. Before penetrating the cloud of unknowing above us, he said, we may need to imagine a “cloud of forgetting” beneath us. Forget past failures, forget recurring sins, forget feelings of inferiority, and instead open your mind to God, who cannot fill what has not been emptied. - From location 3766 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  75. We all differ, by personality and by life circumstances, and some will find their best prayer times while commuting to work and others while feeding the baby. Some will preview the day while lying half-awake as it dawns, and others will take a break at noon to discuss with God what has just passed and what lies ahead. Prayer is not a comparison contest. The least educated and least notable soul has as much opportunity — and sometimes more — to become a master at prayer as do church professionals. - From location 3850 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  76. Pray from the heart, he said. Think of the God you are addressing, and not of others who may be listening. - From location 3857 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  77. Apart from the requirement that we be authentic before God, there is no prescribed way to pray. Each of us presents a unique mix of personality, outlook, training, gifts, and weaknesses, as well as a unique history with church and with God. As Roberta Bondi says, “If you are praying, you are already ‘doing it right." - From location 3865 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  78. Jesus taught a model prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, but otherwise gave few rules. His teaching reduces down to three general principles: Keep it honest, keep it simple, and keep it up. Mainly, Jesus pressed home that we come as beloved children to a Father who loves us in advance and cares deeply about our lives. Ask young parents what is the correct way for their toddlers to approach them and you will probably get a puzzled look. Correct way? Being a parent means you do your best to remain available to your children and responsive to their needs. As Jesus said, if a human parent responds with compassion and not hostility, how much more will God.  - From location 3881 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  79. “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence,” urged the author of Hebrews, “so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” - From location 3886 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  80. We should choose the prayer form that seems natural, that fits our personality type. A free spirit need not feel guilty when she finds that a highly structured system simply does not work for her. A multitasker may learn that long periods of meditation tax, rather than nurture, spiritual resources. - From location 3904 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  81. Lord, you have searched me and you know me…. You perceive my thoughts from afar…. You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. - From location 3913 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  82. If all else fails, and even if words fail, the apostle Paul promises that “the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” - From location 3916 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  83. Paul holds out the strong promise that in prayer we have the perfect translator, so that even our wordlessness finds its way to the source of all grace. - From location 3920 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  84. In addition to a translator, we have an advocate to represent our interests to God. In that private gathering known as the Last Supper, four times Jesus promised his disciples that the Father would do anything they asked “in my name.” Jesus came to earth as dramatic proof of God’s desire to keep company with us. Having lived among us, he understands the human condition and now represents us to the Father. By praying in his name we rely on his good auspices to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. - From location 3921 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  85. When it comes to prayer, Jesus promises, we have the right to use his own name in approaching the Father. We have access to his authority, his reputation, his leverage. - From location 3938 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  86. I have called the book of Psalms a virtual practicum in prayer. When I am feeling inarticulate before God, I turn to that ready-made prayer book. There I can find prayers to fit any mood, 150 psalms arranged with no apparent concern over jarring juxtapositions. - From location 3942 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  87. Indeed, one of the prayers (“O my God, I cry out by day …”) simply extends the psalm Jesus quoted from the cross: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Not even God’s own Son was exempt from the sensation of God’s absence. - From location 4081 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  88. If I suffer a time of spiritual aridity, of darkness and blankness, should I stop praying until new life enters my prayer? Every one of the spiritual masters insists, No. If I stop praying, how will I know when prayer does become alive again? And, as many Christians have discovered, the habit of not praying is far more difficult to break than the habit of praying. - From location 4121 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  89. I first run through a checklist of what might be blocking communication. Have I caused the blockage itself through my deliberate sin or callous inattention to God? If the blockage seems obvious, I must clear the channel through confession. - From location 4127 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  90. I also examine my motives in prayer. Perhaps I have been seeking misty devotional feelings: God on my terms and not God’s. Dietrich Bonhoeffer asks, “May it not be that God Himself sends us these hours of reproof and dryness that we may be brought again to expect everything from His Word?” Instead of looking for a new revelation of God’s presence, perhaps I should focus instead on the revelation God has already given: in creation, in the Bible, in Jesus, in the church. - From location 4129 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  91. Bonhoeffer cautions against the vanity of relying on exceptional spiritual experiences as if we have some entitlement. “ ‘Seek God, not happiness’ — this is the fundamental rule of all meditation,” he said, then added, “If you seek God alone, you will gain happiness: that is its promise.” - From location 4133 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  92. I ask myself whether I have been primarily pursuing results from my prayer rather than companionship with God. When Paul prayed for removal of the “thorn in my flesh,” at first he seemed puzzled by the lack of response. Wasn’t God listening? Then he got a valuable spiritual insight: the affliction would force him continually to rely on God. He made an immediate adjustment, because Paul valued a close dependence on God more than physical health. - From location 4141 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  93. The major New Testament passages on suffering all focus on the productive value of suffering, the good that it can produce in us (perseverance, character, patience, hope, and so on). - From location 4148 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  94. I ask God to use the time of spiritual dryness to prepare me for future growth. Jesus hints at such a process in his analogy of the vine: “Every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” As any vintner or rose-grower knows, the act of lopping off lush branches, which at first seems cruel and destructive, actually causes the pruned shoots to grow back more productive than ever. A vintner explained to me that he refuses to irrigate his vines because the stress caused by occasional drought produces the best, most tasty grapes. Seasons of dryness make the roots run deep, strengthening the vine for whatever the future holds. - From location 4150 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  95. “You can respond to the silence of God in two ways. One response is for you to go into depression, a sense of guilt, and self-condemnation. The other response is for you to have an expectation that God is about to bring you to a deeper knowledge of Himself. These responses are as different as night and day.” - From location 4178 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  96. I once heard a theologian remark that in the Gospels people approached Jesus with a question 183 times whereas he replied with a direct answer only three times. Instead, he responded with a different question, a story, or some other indirection. Evidently Jesus wants us to work out answers on our own, using the principles that he taught and lived. Prayer, I find, often operates the same way. In the difficult and sometimes frustrating act of pursuing God, changes occur in me that equip me to serve God. Maybe what I sense as abandonment is actually a form of empowerment. - From location 4212 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  97. A final survival strategy is to lean on the faith of others. When the cloud descends, it heartens me to realize that not everyone is having the same experience. Indeed, the Bible gives a strong emphasis to the practice of praying along with others. - From location 4217 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  98. At times when I have no words and my faith falters, I find solace in listening to the prayers of others and realizing that not everyone is sharing my sense of desolation. - From location 4221 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  99. Keeping company with God involves two parties, and I have an important role to play in the relationship. As James suggests, I can purify my heart and humble my spirit. I am learning to take responsibility for my part and then leave the rest to God. - From location 4262 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  100. Sometimes I come to God out of sheer determination of will, which may seem inauthentic. When I do so, however, I need not put on a mask. God already knows the state of my soul. I am not telling God anything new, but I am bearing witness to my love for God by praying even when I don’t feel like it. I express my underlying faith simply by showing up. - From location 4269 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  101. Prayer invites us to rest in the fact that God is in control, and the world’s problems are ultimately God’s, not ours. If I spend enough time with God, I will inevitably begin to look at the world with a point of view that more resembles God’s own. What is faith, after all, but believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse? - From location 4316 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  102. The problem with inappropriate prayers: they are self-serving and not in accord with God’s nature. They put the focus on our things, not the things of God. The apostle James would later reiterate this principle: “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” - From location 4531 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  103. The Bible also makes clear that a prayer may go unanswered because of a flaw in the person praying, not the prayer itself. - From location 4534 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  104. Sometimes sin disrupts communication with God. - From location 4538 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  105. God flatly declares that, in addition to our private spiritual state, our social concern (or lack of it) — for the poor, for orphans and widows — also has a direct bearing on how our prayers are received. - From location 4554 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  106. The book of Proverbs states the principle bluntly: “If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.” - From location 4558 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  107. I cannot say to my neighbor, “I love you and enjoy spending time with you, but I hate your stupid dog and keep those bratty kids out of my yard, will you?” How I treat what belongs to my neighbor affects how he receives my love. The same applies to God: how I treat God’s creation, God’s children, will determine in part how God receives my prayers and my worship. Prayer involves more than bowing my head a few times a day; it pervades all of life, and vice versa. - From location 4590 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  108. I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. - From location 4755 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  109. I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt … you can say to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. - From location 4783 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  110. I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. - From location 4786 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  111. I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. - From location 4788 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  112. You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it. - From location 4790 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  113. The assurance of answered prayers, still sweeping in its scope, comes with conditions. Am I abiding in Christ? Am I making requests according to his will? Am I obeying his commands? Each of these underscores the relationship, the companionship with God. The more we know God, the more we know God’s will, the more likely our prayers will align with that will. - From location 4808 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  114. One who works in close partnership with God grows in the ability to discern what God wants to accomplish on earth, and prays accordingly. - From location 4815 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  115. I also learn, as I ponder the mystery of unanswered prayer, simply to wait. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. - From location 4845 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  116. Jesus, too, waited. When he performed an impressive miracle, his followers wanted to spread the word immediately. Jesus hushed them: “My time has not yet come.” He understood something about God that we impatient types overlook: God acts slowly. - From location 4854 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  117. The very tedium, the act of waiting itself, works to nourish in us qualities of patience, persistence, trust, gentleness, compassion — or it may do so, if we place ourselves in the stream of God’s movement on earth. It may take more faith to trust God when we do not get what we ask for than when we do. - From location 4861 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  118. No matter how circumstances appear at any given moment, we can trust the fact that God still rules the universe. The divine reputation rests on a solemn pact that one day all shall be well. - From location 4874 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  119. In all my prayers, whether I get the answers I want or not, I can count on this one fact: God can make use of whatever happens. Nothing is irredeemable. “Teach me, O God, so to use all the circumstances of my life today that they may bring forth in me the fruits of holiness rather than the fruits of sin,” prayed the British author John Baillie: Let me use disappointment as material for patience. Let me use success as material for thankfulness. Let me use trouble as material for perseverance. Let me use danger as material for courage. Let me use reproach as material for long suffering. Let me use praise as material for humility. Let me use pleasures as material for temperance. Let me use pain as material for endurance. - From location 4899 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  120. Sometimes, though, an unanswered prayer opens the door to something far better. - From location 4938 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  121. “If you want to see God smile, tell him your plans,” goes an old saying. - From location 4949 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  122. To pray “God, please help my neighbor cope with her financial problems,” or “God, do something about the homeless downtown” is the approach of a theist, not a Christian. God has chosen to express love and grace in the world through those of us who embody Christ. - From location 4987 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  123. “Lord, may my heart be broken by what breaks your heart.” - From location 5003 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  124. We must never be weary in waiting for God’s help. - From location 5019 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  125. Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. - From location 5030 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  126. To him be the glory forever! Amen. - From location 5038 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  127. God is the playwright, we are the actors. That prayer exists at all is a gift of grace, a generous invitation to participate in the future of the cosmos. - From location 5043 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  128. In the end, unanswered prayer brings me face-to-face with the mystery that silenced Paul: the profound difference between my perspective and God’s. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” - From location 5044 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  129. Too often plans come before prayers. How many blessings we may miss by conceiving our own schemes only to see God frustrate them later and work out his own plan!  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App from the Psalm 3:5.
  130. The mercy of God should ever be the foundation both of our hope and of our joy, in every thing wherein we have to do with him. Let us learn to pray, not for ourselves only, but for others; grace be with all that love Christ in sincerity. The Divine blessing comes down upon us through Jesus Christ, the righteous or just One, as of old it did upon Israel through David, whom God protected, and placed upon the throne - From Psalm 5:12 of the Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary.
  131. Prayer can indeed help a person cope with stress and have a greater sense of well-being, more hope, and a readiness to forgive — all of which affect health in positive ways. And machines that monitor brain waves, breathing, heart rate, and blood chemistry record dramatic changes when a person prays. How we think and feel has a direct effect on bodily health because the mind regulates the body’s natural healing systems. People who take quiet times during the day and force themselves to relax learn to control stress in a way that fosters health. A sense of gratitude calms the heart. (On the contrary, fear, loneliness, hostility, worry, grief, and helplessness are enemies of recovery.) We are still learning how the brain accomplishes these feats, in part by producing endorphins that control pain and alter body chemistry. - From location 5201 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  132. Dr. Brand coined a new word, pneumapsychosomatic, adding the Greek word for “spirit” to acknowledge the role of the spirit in health. A person experiences maximum health when all three, body-soul-spirit, are aligned in a way that expresses the will of the Designer. Brand comments, “Those who pray for the sick and suffering should first praise God for the remarkable agents of healing designed into the body, and then ask that God’s special grace give the suffering person the ability to use those resources to their fullest advantage. - From location 5213 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  133. The prayers of fellow Christians can offer real, tangible help by setting into motion the intrinsic powers of healing in a person controlled by God. This approach does not contradict natural laws; rather, it fully employs the design features built into the human body.”  - From location 5217 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  134. God invites us to ask plainly for what we need. We will not be scolded any more than a child who climbs into her parent’s lap and presents a Christmas wish list. - From location 5486 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  135. If diagnosed with a serious illness, I would ask directly for physical healing. We are commanded to pray for healing, Jesus decisively demonstrated God’s desire for human health and wholeness, and dozens of studies have borne out the effectiveness of prayer in the healing process. Faith works. It aligns body, mind, and spirit, and galvanizes the healing processes built into our bodies. - From location 5489 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  136. Sin can disrupt the relationship between ourselves and God in a way that jars the alignment of body, soul, and spirit. Confession restores the channel of communication with God while at the same time flushing away anxiety, guilt, fear, and other obstacles to health. - From location 5521 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  137. Only confession can clear away that self-absorption and open my spirit to God’s soft voice. - From location 5525 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  138. Clearing obstructions in a relationship with God allows us to take a giant step toward wholeness and health. And we can have confidence that a prayer of confession God will always answer, with guaranteed forgiveness. Writes the apostle John, “But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” - From location 5534 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  139. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,” Jesus said — or, as another translation has it, “and I will refresh you.” - From location 5575 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  140. Peter Marshall, former chaplain of the U.S. Senate, once remarked that God has equipped us to go deepsea diving and instead we wade in bathtubs. What makes the difference, I firmly believe, is how seriously we take prayer. I see prayer as the process of becoming available for what God wants to do on earth through us. - From location 5667 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  141. God wants to do miracles every day through us, if only we make ourselves available. - From location 5678 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  142. Prayer for grace offers the chance for a deep healing, or at least a way to cope with what cannot be fixed.  - From location 5741 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  143. The greatest tragedy in life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.  - F. B. MEYER  - From location 5794 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  144. God often speaks quietly. Memories, phrases from the Bible, images of friends in need drift into my mind unsummoned. Hope stirs to life where previously I felt despair. A spirit of forgiveness rather than revenge settles in after a wrong. I feel a call to engagement and not passivity. These things tend to happen, though, only when I’m tuned in to God. - From location 5850 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  145. Time with God is not wasted, even when it seems so. Do I waste time by visiting a nursing home? By sitting in an ICU ward with a dying friend? By staying up all night with a sick child? Being present with someone I love is never a waste of time, especially if God is the one with whom I am present. - From location 5856 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  146. Any time spent in prayer seems wasted to someone who has other priorities than a relationship with God. For one who loves God, however, there is no more productive, or necessary, act. - From location 5860 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  147. 90 percent of praying is showing up. - From location 5895 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  148. Any therapeutic value to Christian prayer comes as an outgrowth, not a goal. As Jesus promised, the fruit will grow if we remain attached to the vine. Our job is to remain attached, to “abide.” - From location 5896 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  149. Paul’s words to the Philippians: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”- From location 5981 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  150. In a letter written to people undergoing persecution, the apostle Peter gave similar advice: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” I had been letting anxiety keep me from prayer. Instead I need to see prayer as a place to deposit my anxiety, by naming my concerns as specifically as possible and asking for God’s help in relieving me of the burdens. - From location 5986 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  151. Sometimes after a full day surrounded by anxieties Jesus would get up early in the morning, long before sunrise, and pray; sometimes he would escape the madding crowd and row across a lake in search of peace and quiet. For him, prayer served as a refuge. He left his own anxiety over suffering and death behind in a garden before reporting to the trial and crucifixion he knew awaited him. Jesus knew the secret of anxiety-transfer. - From location 5990 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  152. Prayer offers a time to set aside that list of concerns — or rather to present them to God — to relax, to let the mind roam freely, to drink deeply, to insert a pause in the day, to trust. A strange thing happens, though. I find that when I reserve that time, I become more productive. I make clearer decisions and fewer impulsive mistakes. I waste less time worrying. I seem less bothered when things go wrong. The vertigo slips away.  - From location 6015 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  153. Prayer operates by different rules, God’s rules. We do it in secret, so that no one notices the effort, and the results — God’s results, not ours — come in surprising ways, often long after we expected them. Prayer means opening myself to God and not limiting God through my own preconceptions. In sum, prayer means letting God be God. - From location 6048 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  154. I pray for the patience to endure times of trial, to keep anticipating, keep hoping, keep believing. I pray for the patience to be patient. As another psalmist wrote.  - From location 6065 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  155. He began each day in quiet and stillness, acknowledging that the day itself was a gift of God, something that had never existed before, a chance for a new start. It stretched before him like a vast expanse of unspoiled snow in his native Russia. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” He prayed to enter that day as God’s own messenger, carrying God’s presence to everyone he met. Then at night he would review all that had happened, committing both the progress and the failures to a gracious God. The day is now spent; it rests in God’s hands. - From location 6118 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  156. Intervals of stillness and prayer became for Bloom a series of markers, strung together like pearls in a necklace, reminding him of the true nature of reality. Life is not a meaningless sequence of actions but an arena in which to live out the will of another world, the kingdom of heaven. - From location 6122 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  157. Prayer is a state as much as an act, a fact that easily gets forgotten when we confine it to one or two isolated instances a day. - From location 6124 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  158. How can I stop time? How can I learn to listen during silence? How can I trust my actions less and God’s stillness more? How can I transfer my fear and anxiety to God? How can I frame my day by aligning it with the reality that begins and ends with God? What markers in a day call me back to the truth that busyness conspires against? If I can answer those questions, I may find the other questions that obsess me receding in urgency. - From location 6130 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  159. Prayer, like language, begins with being able to hear. Prayer starts not when we speak to God but when God speaks to us. In the beginning was the Word; God’s word, not ours. Before all time, before you and I were, was the Word; the Light that gives light and life to everyone.2 There would be no speech if God had not first spoken. We would have nothing to say if God had not first said something to us. Ultimately then, all our prayers are answers to God’s prayer—his gracious Word of love to us! We love, and we pray, because he first loved us. - From location 449 of the Kindle Book "God's Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms by Ben Patterson
  160. “The richness of the Word of God ought to determine our prayer, not the poverty of our heart.”4 The Bible, the written Word of God, tells us what God wants, and more important, what God is like. It expresses his will and reveals his character. The relationship between the Bible and prayer is profound. This is especially true when it comes to the Psalms. - From location 454 of the Kindle Book "God's Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms by Ben Patterson
  161. The prayer life of our Lord Jesus Christ - At the end of his life, as he hung dying on the cross, he went to the Scriptures for his prayers—more specifically, to the Psalms. “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Matthew 27:46) is a quotation from Psalm 22:1. “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” (Luke 23:46) comes from Psalm 31:5. At the point of his greatest anguish and extremity, Jesus turned to the Bible for his prayers. Charles Spurgeon reminds us that, when he most needed to pray, Jesus, the grand original thinker, saw no need to be original or extemporaneous. “How instructive is this great truth that the Incarnate Word lived on the Inspired Word! It was food to him, as it is to us; and ... if Christ thus lived upon the Word of God, should not you and I do the same? ... I think it well worthy of your constant remembrance that, even in death, our blessed Master showed the ruling passion of his spirit, so that his last words were a quotation from Scripture.” - From location 461 of the Kindle Book "God's Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms by Ben Patterson
  162. The purest form of love is given with no expectation of return. Measured by this standard, earnest prayer for others is a magnificent act of love. DAVID HUBBARD.   - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  163. I pray for others. Crudely put, I once envisioned intercession as bringing requests to God that God may not have thought of, then talking God into granting them. Now I see intercession as an increase in my awareness. When I pray for another person, I am praying for God to open my eyes so that I can see that person as God does, and then enter into the stream of love that God already directs toward that person.   - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  164. In short, prayer allows me to see others as God sees them (and me): as uniquely flawed and uniquely gifted bearers of God’s image. I begin seeing them through Jesus’ eyes, as beloved children whom the Father longs to embrace. I know that God wants their marriages to grow stronger and their children to stay out of trouble; God wants them healthy, and strong to resist temptation, capable of reaching out to others in need. I bring those prayers to God because I know God wills the very same thing. What I desire in the people I pray for, God desires all the more.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  165. “One need not tell God everything about the people for whom one prays,” he said. “Holding them one by one steadily before the mind and willing that God may have His will with them is the best, for God knows better than we what our friends need, yet our prayer releases His power, we know not how.”   - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  166. “Love your enemies,” Jesus said, widening the circle of prayer beyond anyone’s comfort zone: “Pray for those who persecute you.” By praying for such enemies, he continued, we do vicariously for them what they cannot do for themselves. Who needs our love more than those who are consumed with hatred?  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  167. Through prayer we stand beside our enemies and plead to God on their behalf. (In the Gospels, the demon-possessed never asked Jesus for a cure; they were incapable. Instead, other people brought them to Jesus.)  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  168. We are called to widen the orbit of God’s love beyond friend and family and acquaintance, beyond even the boundaries of propriety and justice, to enemies themselves. We do this because God’s love already extends that far: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” Jesus prayed for those who were in the act of killing him.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  169. “God loves his enemies,” concludes Bonhoeffer; “that is the glory of his love.” We defeat our enemies by loving them, and prayer activates that love. If I nurse a grudge and have not the strength to forgive, I present to God that wound, along with the one who inflicted it, and ask for strength I cannot supply on my own. (Could this be why Jesus prayed, “Father forgive them …” from the cross rather than pronouncing, “I forgive you”?) In effect, I transfer the wearisome burden to One far better equipped to carry it. Over time, the wound shows tender signs of healing. God works in me what I could not work in myself. - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  170. We pray best when we are no longer aware of praying. CASSIAN. - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  171. I am learning the difference between saying prayers, which is an activity, and praying, which is a soul attitude, a “lifting up of the mind to God.” Praying in that sense can transform every task, from shoveling snow to defragmenting a computer’s hard disk.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  172. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances. Let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise. … always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  173. Prayer means keeping company with God who is already present. My very concern about the people and issues I pray for actually manifests God’s presence within me. - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  174. How do we pray “without ceasing” in Paul’s phrase? Our minds have the potential to attend to more than one thing at once, and I have found it possible to give God attention even while doing something else: to pray simultaneously as other activities are going on. I simply try to direct Godward the inner dialogue that is taking place all the time. To pray without ceasing taps into the mind’s multitasking ability.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  175. The prayerful person takes ordinary things that happen and moves them “into the Light.” Everything gets realigned. The panhandler becomes a child of God. The opening for revenge becomes an opening for grace, the temptation to greed a temptation to generosity. At first it seems a split life to perceive things on two levels at once. With practice, it seems the only whole life.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  176. After reviewing the prayers contained in the Bible, I have stopped worrying about inappropriate prayers. If God counts on prayer as a primary way to relate to me, I may block potential intimacy by devising a test for appropriateness and filtering out prayers that may not meet the criteria. According to Jesus, nothing is too trivial. Everything about me — my thoughts, my motives, my choices, my moods — attracts God’s interest.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  177. My own concern about inappropriate or irrelevant prayers melts away as I view prayer less as a technique than as a relationship, a way of keeping company with God. Every lover longs to know the needs, the desires, and yes, even the trivia of the beloved. For people we care about, simply spending time together is the most relevant act of all.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  178. Jesus likened prayer to a child approaching the Father. A child who crawls into her father’s lap with a fantasy Christmas list may not get everything she desires. But the very fact that she crawled into his lap, making known her deepest desires, helps cement the bond of love the father cherishes above all else. We do far better to act like a trusting child, presenting foolish requests and letting the Father make judgments, than to fret in advance over appropriate petitions. - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  179. God created the world with humanity in mind, set us at its center, continued to love us despite our failings, and even sent the Son on a rescue mission.* And our response to all these gifts has an actual and deep effect on God. What pleasure has God in giving if we the recipients don’t acknowledge it? Jesus implied as much in his reaction when only one of ten men healed of leprosy returned to thank him. - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  180. Of the recorded prayers of Jesus, about half burst out spontaneously in response to what had just happened: the return of the seventy disciples, the provision of food, the resurrection of Lazarus. - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  181. Who, indeed, deserves our praise but the God who originated every good and perfect gift. We need not invent a compliment to make God feel good, rather we need only give credit where credit is due.   - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  182. We kneel, only to find that we rise taller because praise does not diminish but fulfills, by establishing our true place in the universe, and also God’s.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  183. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” In those words he summed up what God most wants from us. Our most treasured gift to God, that which God can never force, is love.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  184. Jesus marks love for God as the single most important goal in life.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  185. By bringing us into the presence of God, and giving us a glimpse of the view from above, prayer radically changes how we experience life. Faith during affliction matters more than healing from affliction.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  186. Jesus left the global concerns in the care of his Father and spent his time instead among nobodies: tax collectors, fishermen, widows, prostitutes, outcasts. Speaking to the Father — praying — notes Thielicke, was more important to Jesus than speaking to crowds; he would pass through their midst in search of time with the Father. “And that’s why he has time for persons; for all time is in the hands of his Father. And that too is why peace and not unrest goes out from him. For God’s faithfulness already spans the world like a rainbow: he does not need to build it; he needs only to walk beneath it.”  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  187. I pray in astonished belief that God desires an ongoing relationship. I pray in trust that the act of prayer is God’s designated way of closing the vast gulf between infinity and me. I pray in order to put myself in the stream of God’s healing work on earth. I pray as I breathe — because I can’t help it. Prayer is hardly a perfect form of communication, for I, an imperfect, material being who lives on an imperfect, material planet am reaching out for a perfect, spiritual Being. Some prayers go unanswered, a sense of God’s presence ebbs and flows, and often I sense more mystery than resolution. Nevertheless I keep at it, believing with Paul that “now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.””  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  188. Prayer projects faith on God, and God on the world. Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer move God. - From location 114 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  189. Faith is kept alive by prayer, and every step taken, in this adding of grace to grace, is accompanied by prayer. - From location 133 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  190. A praying faith keeps the commandments of God and does those things which are well pleasing in his sight. It asks, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" and answers quickly, "Speak, Lord, thy servant heareth." Obedience helps faith, and faith, in turn, helps obedience. To do God's will is essential to true faith, and faith is necessary to implicit obedience. - From location 141 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  191. Faith in Christ is the basis of all working, and of all praying. All wonderful works depend on wonderful praying, and all praying is done in the name of Jesus Christ. - From location 163 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  192. When we pray, "Give us this day our daily bread," we are, in a measure, shutting tomorrow out of our prayer. We do not live in tomorrow but in today. We do not seek tomorrow's grace or tomorrow's bread. They thrive best, and get most out of life, who live in the living present. They pray best who pray for today's needs, not for tomorrow's, which may render our prayers unnecessary and redundant by not existing at all! - From location 171 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  193. Our prayers need to be focused upon the present. We must trust God today, and leave the morrow entirely with him. The present is ours; the future belongs to God. Prayer is the task and duty of each recurring day-daily prayer for daily needs.  - From location 175 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  194. As every day demands its bread, so every day demands its prayer. No amount of praying, done today, will suffice for tomorrow's praying. On the other hand, no praying for tomorrow is of any great value to us today. Today's manna is what we need; tomorrow God will see that our needs are supplied. This is the faith which God seeks to inspire. So leave tomorrow, with its cares, its needs, its troubles, in God's hands. There is no storing tomorrow's grace or tomorrow's praying; neither is there any laying-up of today's grace, to meet tomorrow's necessities. We cannot have tomorrow's grace, we cannot eat tomorrow's bread, we cannot do tomorrow's praying. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof; and, most assuredly, if we possess faith, sufficient also, will be the good.   - From location 177 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  195. Many men, of this day, obtain a good report because of their money-giving, their great mental gifts and talents, but few there be who obtain a "good report" because of their great faith in God, or because of the wonderful things which are being wrought through their great praying. Today, as much as at any time, we need men of great faith and men who are great in prayer. These are the two cardinal virtues which make men great in the eyes of God, the two things which create conditions of real spiritual success in the life and work of the church. It is our chief concern to see that we maintain a faith of such quality and texture, as counts before God; which grasps, and holds in its keeping, the things for which it asks, without doubt and without fear.  - From location 215 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  196. Our eyes should be taken off self, removed from our own weakness and allowed to rest implicitly upon God's strength. "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward." A simple, confiding faith, living day by day, and casting its burden on the Lord, each hour of the day, will dissipate fear, drive away misgiving and deliver from doubt: Be careful for nothing, but in everything, by supplication and prayer, with thanksgiving, let your requests he made known unto God.   - From location 224 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  197. Faith grows by reading and meditating upon the Word of God. Most, and best of all, faith thrives in an atmosphere of prayer.  - From location 233 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  198. The preacher is not sent to merely induce men to join the church, nor merely to get them to do better. It is to get them to pray, to trust God, and to keep God ever before their eyes, that they may not sin against him. - From location 241 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  199. Faith starts prayer to work-clears the way to the mercy seat. It gives assurance, first of all, that there is a mercy seat, and that there the high priest awaits the pray-ers and the prayers. Faith opens the way for prayer to approach God. But it does more. It accompanies prayer at every step she takes. It is her inseparable companion and when requests are made unto God, it is faith which turns the asking into obtaining. And faith follows prayer, since the spiritual life into which a believer is led by prayer, is a life of faith. The one prominent characteristic of the experience into which believers are brought through prayer, is not a life of works, but of faith. - From location 253 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  200. "Have faith in God," "Trust in the Lord" form the keynote and foundation of prayer. Primarily, it is not trust in the Word of God, but rather trust in the person of God. For trust in the person of God must precede trust in the Word of God. "Ye believe in God, believe also in me," is the demand our Lord makes on the personal trust of his disciples. The person of Jesus Christ must he central, to the eye of trust. - From location 303 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  201. May our faith so increase until we realize and receive all the fulness there is in that name which guarantees to do so much. Our Lord puts trust as the very foundation of praying. The background of prayer is trust. The whole issuance of Christ's ministry and work was dependent on implicit trust in his Father. The center of trust is God. Mountains of difficulties, and all other hindrances to prayer are moved out of the way by trust and his virile henchman, faith. When trust is perfect and without doubt, prayer is simply the outstretched hand, ready to receive. Trust perfected, is prayer perfected. Trust looks to receive the thing asked for-and gets it. Trust is not a belief that God can bless, that he will bless, but that he does bless, here and now. Trust always operates in the present tense. Hope looks toward the future. Trust looks to the present. Hope expects. Trust possesses. Trust receives what prayer acquires. So that what prayer needs, at all times, is abiding and abundant trust.  - From location 318 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  202. Holy desire is much helped by devout contemplation. Meditation on our spiritual need, and on God's readiness and ability to correct it, aids desire to grow. Serious thought engaged in before praying, increases desire, makes it more insistent, and tends to save us from the menace of private prayer-wandering thought.  - From location 382 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  203. There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God. Those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it; yet I do not advise you to do it from that motive. It is not pleasure which we ought to seek in this exercise; but let us do it from a principle of love, and because God would have us. - Brother Lawrence (1967-02-01). Practice of the Presence of God, The (Kindle Locations 345-347). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 
  204. Genesis 20:17 - When I pray for my enemies, not only does it release blessing upon them, but it keeps me from getting involved in a cycle of bitterness which will only destroy me. You cannot pray blessing on a person and stay angry with him. It’s impossible. That’s why Jesus said, “Pray for your enemies” (Matthew 5:44). I challenge you to pray for the people toward whom you feel bitterness or hostility; for the people you just don’t like. Pray that they’ll be healed, that they’ll prosper, that they’ll do well. God will answer your prayer, and you’ll be blessed in the process. - From the Kindle book Courson’s Application Commentary by Jon Courson.
  205. It will be of great importance if you can leave the care of your affairs to—, and spend the remainder of your life only in worshiping God. He requires no great matters of us: a little remembrance of Him from time to time; a little adoration; sometimes to pray for His grace, sometimes to offer Him your sufferings, and sometimes to return Him thanks for the favors He has given you, and still gives you, in the midst of your troubles, and to console yourself with Him the oftenest you can. Lift up your heart to Him, sometimes even at your meals, and when you are in company; the least little remembrance will always be acceptable to Him. You need not cry very loud; He is nearer to us than we are aware of. - Brother Lawrence (1967-02-01). Practice of the Presence of God, The (Kindle Locations 373-377). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 
  206. For those who are under pressure, up against a wall, facing a test—we ask that You remind them that the saint who advances on his or her knees never retreats. Help them remember You are still on Your throne and they are still at Your footstool … with only a knee’s distance between the two of you. - Charles Swindoll (2013-08-13). Hear Me When I Call (p. 171). Worthy Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
  207. Jesus said, “If you have faith and doubt not, you shall not only do this, but you can move mountains. All things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive” (Matthew 21:19–22).  What does this mean? I usually think of faith exclusively in terms of acquiring. But Jesus is saying in this passage that faith is also about removing—in this case, removing fruitlessness. The only time He ever did a miracle of destruction was to destroy that which was fruitless and unproductive.  If you know of a part of your life that is unproductive—a part others might not even know about—the Lord would speak to your heart and say, “Have faith. You need not give another thought to that which is unfruitful, unproductive, or not pleasing to Me. Just believe that I can remove it from your life.”  The problem might seem mountainous to you. But on the basis of Matthew 21, all you need to do is say, “Search me, Lord. I pray that those things that are fruitless would be removed from my life”—and they will be, leaving you to praise His name and exalt His power. - From comment on Psalm 21:10-13 from Courson’s Application Commentary by Jon Courson.
  208. For Christians, prayer should be its own reward. Prayer is not a magic formula to get things from God. Communing with God in prayer is itself the prize. As Philip Graham Ryken explains, “The reward for secret prayer is the prayer itself, the blessing of resting in the presence of God. Prayer does not simply maintain the Christian life, it is the Christian life, reduced to its barest essence. Can there be any greater joy—in this world or the next—than to commune in the secret place with the living God?”  - Hanegraaff, Hank (2001-09-04). The Prayer of Jesus: Secrets of Real Intimacy with God (pp. 9-10). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. 
  209. Kneemail - An effective way to communicate with God. "One of the best ways to get back on your feet is to first get on your knees. If you are nearing the end of your rope, maybe it's time to call on the Lord. There is great victory in realizing the limits of our own ability - and the limitlessness of His." - From the March 3rd devotional reading from “turning Points with God” by David Jeremiah.