Reflections on and Inspirations to Prayer

By: Elder David Leong

As we begin our series of sermons on the Book of Nehemiah and touching on being ‘moved to prayer’, how apt it is for us to ponder and reflect on these quotations on prayer. May they inspire us to work as a church, on our knees.

“The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.” – F.B. Meyer

“The great masters of prayer have been clear on this point: We should persist in prayer unless and until we have a good reason not to.”

“My need for God is as great as my need for air, water and food. Without God, I am dead.”

“The point of prayer, after all, is the relationship itself, not the things we get from the relationship.”

“There is no safety in prayer. Our prayers will thrust us into the action–into relationships, causes, institutions, conflicts and needs–all of which will demand our time, our resources, even our lives.”

– Jerry Sittser

“Prayer is the most intimate activity I can share with God the utmost in self revelation, the place where I can bare my heart and soul before Him. In prayer, I am made vulnerable to God, my truest self is revealed, and I find the promise that God is transforming the ragamuffin into royalty– a son of the King.” – Terry Glaspey

“It is not that our prayers are not answered, it is that we do not accept the answer.” – Kosti Tolonen

“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” – Oswald Chambers

“The best prayers often have more groans than words.” – John Bunyan

We may pray most when we say least, and we may pray least when we say most.” – St. Augustine of Hippo

“…show your power once again on earth; cause Your church to hunger for your ways; Let the fragrance of our prayers arise; Lead us on the road of sacrifice; That in unity, the face of Christ will be clear for all the world to see.” – Keith & Kristyn Getty

James Houston speaks of the ‘transforming friendship’ with God in prayer. May our move to a praying church draw us all into a deepening relationship and walk with our Heavenly Father.

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