A Call to Prayer By J.C. Ryle, Free Audio Book (2 MP3s) and Many More Free Reformation Resources (MP3s, Books, Videos, etc.) on Prayer
"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." - James 5:16
A Call to Prayer: An Urgent Plea to Enter Into the Secret Place (1 of 2) by J.C. Ryle (Free MP3)
A Call to Prayer: An Urgent Plea to Enter Into the Secret Place (2 of 2) by J.C. Ryle (Free MP3)
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Including The Zealous Christian Holding Communion With God in Wrestling and Importunate Prayer by Christopher Love (Free Puritan MP3 Audio Book)
"Pray without ceasing." - 1 Thessalonians 5:17
"Pray in your family daily, that yours may be in the number of the families who call upon God." - Christopher Love.
The Zealous Christian Holding Communion With God, in Wrestling and Importunate Prayer (1 of 8) by Christopher Love (Free MP3s)
Read by Covenanter Elder Lyndon Dohms, these sermons are taken from Christopher Love's book, The Zealous Christian Taking Heaven By Holy Violence (which is on the Puritan Hard Drive in both book [PDF] and audio [MP3] formats). This MP3 audio book contains deep and practical Puritan spirituality dealing with one of the most important topics a Christian can study.
The Zealous Christian Holding Communion With God, in Wrestling and Importunate Prayer (2 of 8) by Christopher Love (Free MP3s)
The Zealous Christian Holding Communion With God, in Wrestling and Importunate Prayer (3 of 8) by Christopher Love (Free MP3s)
The Zealous Christian Holding Communion With God, in Wrestling and Importunate Prayer (4 of 8) by Christopher Love (Free MP3s)
The Zealous Christian Holding Communion With God, in Wrestling and Importunate Prayer (5 of 8) by Christopher Love (Free MP3s)
The Zealous Christian Holding Communion With God, in Wrestling and Importunate Prayer (6 of 8) by Christopher Love (Free MP3s)
The Zealous Christian Holding Communion With God, in Wrestling and Importunate Prayer (7 of 8) by Christopher Love (Free MP3s)
The Zealous Christian Holding Communion With God, in Wrestling and Importunate Prayer (8 of 8) by Christopher Love (Free MP3s)
Prayer and The Glorious Advance Of The Kingdom Of God In History Before Second Coming by Jonathan Edwards (Free MP3)
Prayer, Free Grace Broadcaster Magazine (Free PDF)
Prayer and Knowing the Love of God, More Free MP3s
Prayer and Praying (Free Online Puritan Books and MP3s)
Institutes of the Christian Religion #32 (Grace & Of Prayer - A Perpetual Exercise of Faith. The Daily Benefits Derived From It) by John Calvin (Free MP3)
Existence and Attributes of God (Vol. 2 #38) and On Prayer, Predestination, Longsuffering, Church, Reprobation, Hell, Antichrist, Sin, Justice by Stephen Charnock (Free MP3)
A Pious and Elaborate Treatise Concerning Prayer; and the Answer of Prayer (1745 edition) by John Brown of Wamphray (Book)
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How To Get Answers To Prayer by Greg Price by Greg Price (Free MP3)
Greg Price on PRAYER and PRAYING (Many Free MP3s)
John Owen on Worship (and Prayer)
Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer (1 of 2) by Jonathan Edwards (Free MP3)
Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer (2 of 2) by Jonathan Edwards (Free MP3)
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Imprecatory Praying: Cursing God's Enemies in Prayer by Greg Price (Free MP3)
The Day of Distress and Prayer by Brian Borgman (Free MP3)
Predestination, Prayer & Evangelism by Brian Borgman (Free MP3)
Effective Prayer by C. H. Spurgeon (Free MP3)
Pleading (How To Pray Powerful Prayers Which God Answers, To The Conquering Of All His and Our Enemies) by Charles Spurgeon (Free MP3)
Acceptable Prayer and the Grace of Faith 1 of 2 by William Guthrie (Free MP3)
Acceptable Prayer and the Grace of Faith 2 of 2 by William Guthrie (Free MP3)
A Treatise on Prayer, or, a Confession, and Declaration of Prayers Added Thereto, by John Knox, Minister of Christ's Most Sacred Evangel, Upon the Death of that Most Virtuous and Most Famous King, Edward VI, King of England, France and Ireland, in which Confession the said John Does Accuse No Less His Own Offences, Than the Offences of Others to be the Cause of the Away Taking of that Most Godly Prince, Now Reigning with Christ While We Abide Plagues for Our Unthankfulness 1553
"King Edward VI died on 6 July 1553. Knox was in London at that time, and the reformer "received the afflicting tidings of his majesty's decease with becoming fortitude and resignation to the sovereign will of Heaven. The event did not meet him unprepared; he had long anticipated it, with its probable consequences. "Knox remained in London until the 19th of July when Mary was proclaimed queen. Immediately after this, he appears to have withdrawn from London and retired to the north of England, being justly apprehensive of the measures which might be pursued by the new government... The English government soon restored the popish religion; and after December 1553, Protestants were subject to prosecution as heretics. Knox was unable to preach without endangering himself and those who harboured him. Thus, at the urgent request of his friends, the reformer reluctantly withdrew from England, arriving in Dieppe in the beginning of March 1553-54. The Treatise on Prayer was first published in July 1554," writes Reed.
Delighting in the Lord, Daily Secret Worship and Prayer (1 John Series 25/27) by Greg Price (Free MP3)
Prayer and Fasting (Part 1) - So We Fasted And Besought Our God For This: And He Was Entreated Of Us by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
Prayer And Fasting (Part 2) - Therefore Also Now, Saith The LORD, Turn Ye Even To Me With All Your Heart, And With Fasting by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
Fasting, Prayer and the Third Reformation by Greg Price (Free MP3)
Life is War, Pray Hard by Brian Borgman (Free MP3)
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Scroll down for free Reformation (Reformed) and Puritan books, articles, MP3s and videos on prayer and knowing the love of God (by this means of grace). There are 93 free Reformed MP3s on prayer listed below. Additionally, see the informative quotes, following the free resources below, on prayer.
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit." - James 5:16b-18 (emphases added)
"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." - Matthew 6:6 (emphases added)
"He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination." - Proverbs 28:9 (emphases added)
"The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous." - Proverbs 15:29 (emphases added)
"And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint." - Luke 18:1 (emphases added)
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"Words are but the body, the garment, the outside of prayer; sighs are nearer the heart work. A dumb beggar getteth an alms at Christ's gates, even by making signs, when his tongue cannot plead for him; and the rather, because he is dumb.... Tears have a tongue, and grammar, and language, that our Father knoweth. Babes have no prayer for the breast, but weeping: the mother can read hunger in weeping."
- Samuel Rutherford, Scottish Covenanter, on the Puritan Hard Drive (emphases added)
"George Müller prayed about everything and expected each prayer to be answered. One example was when one of the orphan house's boiler stopped working; Müller needed to have it fixed. Now this was a problem, because the boiler was bricked up and the weather was worsening with each day. So he prayed for two things; firstly that the workers he had hired would have a mind to work throughout the night, and secondly that the weather would let up. On the Tuesday before the work was due to commence, a bitter north wind still blew but in the morning, before the workmen arrived, a southerly wind began to blow and it was so mild that no fires were needed to heat the buildings. That evening, the foreman of the contracted company attended the site to see how he might speed things along, and instructed the men to report back first thing in the morning to make an early resumption of work. The team leader stated that they would prefer to work through the night. The job was done in 30 hours."
- Steer, Roger, George Müller: Delighted in God, Christian Focus Publications, 1997, pp. 124-126 (emphases added).
"NOT TO PRAY IS A SIN MOST ODIOUS. O! why cease we then to call instantly to his mercy, having his commandment so to do? Above all our iniquities, we work manifest contempt and despising of him, when, by negligence, we delay to call for his gracious support. Whoso does call upon God obeys his will, and finds therein no small consolation, knowing nothing is more acceptable to his Majesty than humble obedience (Jer. 7:23)."
- John Knox, Scottish Presbyterian Reformer, on the Puritan Hard Drive (emphases added).
There are 6,401 Reformation resources (books, MP3s and videos) under the category "Sanctification, Prayer and Holiness," and 457 Reformation resources (books, MP3s and videos) under the category "Dealing With Affliction, Suffering and Sickness," on the Puritan Hard Drive.
There are also 211 Reformation resources with the word "Prayer" in the title on the Puritan Hard Drive. The word "Prayer" also occurs 419 times in the Puritan Hard Drive resource descriptions.
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John Flavel, on prayer and knowing God, writes,
"Heart-work is hard work indeed. To shuffle over religious duties with a loose and careless spirit, will cost no great difficulties; but to set yourself before the Lord, and to tie up your loose and vain thoughts to a constant and serious attendance upon him: this will cost you something. To attain ease and dexterity of language in prayer and to be able to put your meaning into appropriate and fitting expressions is easy; but to get your heart broken for sin while you are actually confessing it; melted with free grace even while you are blessing God for it; to be really ashamed and humbled through the awareness of God's infinite holiness, and to keep your heart in this state not only in, but after these duties, will surely cost you some groans and travailing pain of soul."
- John Flavel on the Puritan Hard Drive
FREE REFORMATION RESOURCES On Prayer and Knowing the Love of God
Prayer as Communion in the Song of Solomon by Paul Washer (Free MP3)
"Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer." - John Bunyan
Pray and Be Alone with God by Paul Washer (Free MP3)
"Prayer requires more of the heart than of the tongue." - Adam Clarke
Genuine Prayer by Paul Washer (Free MP3)
"Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life." - Jonathan Edwards.
Pray and Lose Not Heart by Paul Washer by Paul Washer (Free MP3)
"I have been benefited by praying for others; for by making an errand to God for them I have gotten something for myself." - Samuel Rutherford
Prayer: Our God Not Only Hears Prayer But Also Loves To Hear It by Charles Spurgeon (Free MP3)
"Cold prayers always freeze before they reach heaven." - Thomas Brooks
Prayer Answered, Love Nourished by Charles Spurgeon (Free MP3)
"It is not the length of your prayer, but the strength of your prayer which wins with God; and the strength of prayer lies in your faith in the promise which you have pleaded before the Lord." - Charles Spurgeon, According to Promise, p. 70, on the Puritan Hard Drive.
True Prayer - True Power! by Charles Spurgeon (Free MP3)
"Pray often; for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan." - John Bunyan
Pleading (How To Pray Powerful Prayers Which God Answers, Conquering His Enemies) by Charles Spurgeon (Free MP3)
How To Get Answers To Prayer by Greg Price (Free MP3)
"Prayer is the soul's breathing itself into the bosom of its heavenly Father." - Thomas Watson
Ministry & Your Prayer Life by Paul Washer (Free MP3)
"I wish I could pray like my dog looks at a piece of meat." - Martin Luther
Acceptable Prayer (The Essential Characteristics of Paul's Prayer) by Al Martin (Free MP3)
"You should, in Tertullian's phrase, with a holy conspiracy, besiege heaven." - Thomas Manton
Effective Prayer by Charles Spurgeon (Free MP3)
"God can pick sense out of a confused prayer." - Richard Sibbes
Prayer by Paul Washer (Free MP3)
"I often pray, Lord, make me as holy as a pardoned sinner can be." - Robert Murray McCheyne
The Most High - A Prayer-Hearing God (herein He is distinguished from all false gods) by Jonathan Edwards (Free MP3)
"Prayer is never unseasonable." - John Donne
The Minister's Prayer Life by Paul Washer (Free MP3)
The Importance of Prayer by Greg Price (Free MP3)
Prayer & The Glorious Advance Of The Kingdom Of God In History Before Second Coming by Jonathan Edwards (Free MP3)
Taking Hold of God in Prayer by Dr. Joel Beeke (Free MP3)
"Prayer that is faithless is fruitless." - Thomas Watson
John Calvin on Intimate Prayer by Dr. Joel Beeke (Free MP3)
Taking Hold of God: Reformed and Puritan Perspectives on Prayer Joel R. Beeke & Brian G. Najapfour (Editors) Book for sale at Monergism Books.
Incessant Prayer: The Grand Secret in the Art of Christian Warfare by Dr. Joel Beeke (Free MP3)
Impatience and Prayer - Genesis Commentary #30 by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon (Free MP3)
Fulfilling the Law and Prophets Through Prayer by Scott Brown (Free MP3)
"To pray without labouring is to mock God." - Robert Haldane
Praying For The Wrath Of God by W.J. Mencarow (Free MP3)
Eastern Orthodoxy The Mystical Trap by Richard Bennett (Free MP3, includes a portion on prayer)
Spurgeon's Lectures to My Students - The Preacher's Private Prayer by Charles Spurgeon (Free MP3)
Elements of Biblical Prayer (What Aspects of Prayer Are Warranted By The Word of God) by Al Martin (Free MP3)
"He who prays as he ought, will endeavor to live as he prays." - John Owen
A Biblical Husband (and Prayer) by Paul Washer (Free MP3)
Order and Argument in Prayer (With Examples of Effective Historic Prayers From Scripture) by Charles Spurgeon (Free MP3)
Fervent Intercessory Prayer for the Unconverted (Not Merely the Motions of Our Lips) by Al Martin (Free MP3)
Fasting, Prayer and the Third Reformation by Greg Price (Free MP3)
The Secret of Power in Prayer by Charles Spurgeon (Free MP3)
"Believer, closet prayer will be found to be but a lifeless, comfortless thing, if you do not enjoy communion with God in it. Therefore press after it, as for life." - Thomas Brooks
Our Father Which Art in Heaven by Greg Price (Free MP3)
Prayer (Various Texts) by Paul Washer (Free MP3)
A Call to Prayer: An Urgent Plea to Enter Into the Secret Place (1 of 2) by J.C. Ryle (Free MP3)
A Call to Prayer: An Urgent Plea to Enter Into the Secret Place (2 of 2) by J.C. Ryle (Free MP3)
A Pious and Elaborate Treatise Concerning Prayer; & the Answer of Prayer (1745 edition) by John Brown of Wamphray, 310 pages, $0.99
"The clear and Scriptural ardency of his piety from this well-know treatise is apparent" wrote Burns, concerning this title (Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 342).
The publisher's preface to Brown of Wamphray's A Pious and Elaborate Treatise Concerning Prayer notes that this was the mature work of one who had suffered much for Christ. They state it "is among his last works; which he wrote at the close of a long walk with God; and in exile; while he was in Holland about 20 years, from his banishment (Anno 1661) until he ended his days, and entered into the joy of the Lord... Moreover the gentleman, now a minister, who procured this practical treatise of prayer, in Holland, and brought it home, can attest that it is genuine; and though many pieces on the subject be come abroad before this, yet the intelligent reader may find it is inferior to none, and in some respects, preferable to any of them."
Sample chapters include:
- "The greatness of the sin of neglecting prayer, manifested, in 39 particulars"
- "The Unregenerate are obliged to pray"
- "The necessity and usefulness of family prayer, manifested"
- "Some encouragements to prayer mentioned"
...and much more.
It is for works such as these that Johnston (in The Treasury of the Scottish Covenant
, p. 339) says of Brown that "(h)e has been regarded (as) the most important theologian of the second period of Scottish Presbyterianism
Dr. Joel Beeke concurs, writing, "John Brown of Wamphray (1610-1679) has been rightly called the most important Scottish theologian of his day. He was especially gifted at merging profound doctrinal truth with warm Christ-centered zeal and godly piety.
Prayer of the Wise by Greg Price (Free MP3)
"To an effectual prayer there must concur the intention of the mind and the affections of the heart; else it is not praying but parroting" - John Trapp
Intercessory Prayer by Charles Spurgeon (Free MP3)
What is True Prayer? by Dr. Francis Nigel Lee (Free MP3)
The Zealous Christian Holding Communion With God, in Wrestling and Importunate Prayer by Christopher Love (8 Free MP3s)
God's Law, Prayer, Sanctification, Conscience & Reformation by Dr. Francis Nigel Lee (Free MP3)
Commentary on Ephesians #7 (Paul Enjoins the Ephesians to Pray For Him) by John Calvin (Free MP3)
"'Rejoice evermore; pray without ceasing.' Delight makes the melody; prayer else will be but a harsh sound." - Stephen Charnock
Prayer by John Bunyan (4 Free MP3s)
Gleanings From Paul or The Prayers of the Apostle by A.W. Pink (25 Free MP3s)
Answers to Prayer by Archibald Alexander (12 Free MP3s)
The Lord's Prayer by Dr. Steven Dilday (4 Free MP3s)
The Prayer of the Arminian by Charles Spurgeon (Free Online Text)
"One way to get comfort is to plead the promise of God in prayer, show Him His handwriting; God is tender of His Word." - Thomas Watson
A Discourse Of Delight In Prayer by Stephen Charnock (Free PDF)
A Treatise on Prayer, or, a Confession, and Declaration of Prayers Added Thereto by John Knox (Free online text)
THE PRIVY KEY OF HEAVEN (A Discourse of Closet Prayer) by Thomas Brooks, published during the awful plague of London in 1665. (Free online text)
The Lord's Prayer by Thomas Watson (Free online text)
"Those prayers God likes best come seething hot from the heart." - Thomas Watson
A Practical Exposition of the Lord's Prayer by Thomas Manton (Free online text)
Puritan Prayers, Arthur Bennett - Taken from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, edited by Arthur Bennett. (Free online text)
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"God looks not at the elegancy of your prayers, to see how neat they are
; nor yet at the geometry of your prayers, to see how long they are; nor yet at the arithmetic of your prayers, to see how many they are; nor yet at the music of your prayers, nor yet at the sweetness of your voice, nor yet at the logic of your prayers; but at the sincerity of your prayers, how hearty they are
. There is no prayer acknowledged, approved, accepted, recorded, or rewarded by God, but that wherein the heart is sincerely and wholly. The true mother would not have the child divided. God loves a broken and a contrite heart, so He loathes a divided heart
. God neither loves halting or halving."
- Thomas Brooks, Thoughts On Prayer
, From Brooks' Works
(6 volumes) on the PURITAN HARD DRIVE
Q. 98. What is prayer?
A. Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God,
for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.
- Westminster Shorter Catechism (emphases added) on the PURITAN HARD DRIVE
Although it be a day of great apostacy and provocation, yet it is apparently a day of the wonderful works of God; wonders of power and mercy; which may well lead us to think on those two places of Scripture; Psal. cxix. 126. "It is time for thee, Lord, to work, for they have made void thy law." And Psal. Ixxv. 1. "That thy name is near, thy wondrous works declare." -- God appears, as it were, both to destroy us, or deal with us according to our iniquities, great and aggravated as they are; and shows that mercy pleases him. Though a corrupt time, it is plain, by experience, that it is a time wherein God may be found, and he stands ready to show mercy in answer to prayer. He that has done such great things, and has so wonderfully and speedily answered prayer for temporal mercies, will much more give the Holy Spirit if we ask him. He marvelously preserves us, and waits to be gracious to us, as though he chose to make us monuments of his grace, and not of his vengeance, and waits only to have us open our mouths wide, that he may fill them.
- Jonathan Edwards, A Call To United Extraordinary Prayer, p. 294, PURITAN HARD DRIVE
"While very ill, John Knox, the founder of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland, called to his wife and said, 'Read me that Scripture where I first cast my anchor.' After he listened to the beautiful prayer of Jesus recorded in John 17, he seemed to forget his weakness. He began to pray, interceding earnestly for his fellowmen. He prayed for the ungodly who had thus far rejected the gospel. He pleaded in behalf of people who had been recently converted. And he requested protection for the Lord's servants, many of whom were facing persecution. As Knox prayed, his spirit went Home to be with the Lord. The man of whom Queen Mary had said, 'I fear his prayers more than I do the armies of my enemies, ministered through prayer until the moment of his death."
- Our Daily Bread. April 11.
When asked how much time he spent in prayer, George Muller's reply was, "Hours every day. But I live in the spirit of prayer. I pray as I walk and when I lie down and when I arise. And the answers are always coming."
- Source Unknown.
Prayers are instantly noticed in heaven
. The moment Saul began to pray the Lord heard him. Here is comfort for the distressed but praying soul. Oftentimes a poor broken-hearted one bends his knee, but can only utter his wailing in the language of sighs and tears; yet that groan has made all the harps of heaven thrill with music; that tear has been caught by God and treasured in the lachrymatory of heaven.
"Thou puttest my tears into thy bottle," implies that they are caught as they flow. The suppliant, whose fears prevent his words, will be well understood by the Most High. He may only look up with misty eye; but "prayer is the falling of a tear." Tears are the diamonds of heaven; sighs are a part of the music of Jehovah's court, and are numbered with "the sublimest strains that reach the majesty on high." Think not that your prayer, however weak or trembling, will be unregarded.
Jacob's ladder is lofty, but our prayers shall lean upon the Angel of the covenant and so climb its starry rounds. Our God not only hears prayer but also loves to hear it.
"He forgetteth not the cry of the humble." True, He regards not high looks and lofty words; He cares not for the pomp and pageantry of kings; He listens not to the swell of martial music; He regards not the triumph and pride of man; but wherever there is a heart big with sorrow, or a lip quivering with agony, or a deep groan, or a penitential sigh, the heart of Jehovah is open; He marks it down in the registry of His memory; He puts our prayers, like rose leaves, between the pages of His book of remembrance, and when the volume is opened at last, there shall be a precious fragrance springing up therefrom.
Faith asks no signal from the skies,
To show that prayers accepted rise,
Our Priest is in His holy place,
And answers from the throne of grace.
"Pray much for self-denial. Prayer sets God to work, Psalm 10:17. Some pray for assurance but lack self-denial, as if God would set seal to a blank. Let this be your grand request, a self-denying frame of heart. Self-denial does not grow in nature, it is a fruit of the Spirit. Beg God that he will plant this heavenly flower in your soul. Say 'Lord, whatever Thou deniest me, deny me not self-denial. Let me rather lack great parts, nay, let me rather lack the comforts of the Spirit than self-denial." There may be going to heaven without comfort, but there is no going there without self-denial."
- Thomas Watson, The Duty of Self-Denial and Ten Other Sermons, pp. 36-37.
"The Christian in prayer comes up close to God, with a humble boldness of faith, and takes hold of him, wrestles with him; yea, will not let him go without a blessing... They are only a few noble-spirited souls, who dare take heaven by force, that are fit for this calling."
- William Gurnall, The Christian In Complete Armour, on the PURITAN HARD DRIVE
Eighteen-year-old Hudson Taylor wandered into his father's library and read a gospel tract. He couldn't shake off its message. Finally, falling to his knees, he accepted Christ as his Savior (an Arminian way of speaking, but you know what they mean - ed.). Later, his mother, who had been away, returned home. When Hudson told her the good news, she said, "I already know. Ten days ago, the very date on which you tell me you read that tract, I spent the entire afternoon in prayer for you until the Lord assured me that my wayward son had been brought into the fold."
- Our Daily Bread, July 19, 1989.
Things looked bleak for the children of George Muller's orphanage at Ashley Downs in England. It was time for breakfast, and there was no food. A small girl whose father was a close friend of Muller was visiting in the home. Muller took her hand and said, "Come and see what our Father will do." In the dining room, long tables were set with empty plates and empty mugs. Not only was there no food in the kitchen, but there was no money in the home's account. Muller prayed, "Dear Father, we thank Thee for what Thou art going to give us to eat." Immediately, they heard a knock at the door. When they opened it, there stood the local baker. "Mr. Muller," he said, "I couldn't sleep last night. Somehow I felt you had no bread for breakfast, so I got up at 2 o'clock and baked fresh bread. Here it is." Muller thanked him and gave praise to God. Soon, a second knock was heard. It was the milkman. His cart had broken down in front of the orphanage. He said he would like to give the children the milk so he could empty the cart and repair it.
- Source Unknown.
"He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day."
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Here then is the reply to our opening question, and the scriptural solution to the seeming difficulty. Prayer is not the requesting of God to alter His purpose or for Him to form a new one. Prayer is the taking of an attitude of dependency upon God, the spreading of our need before Him, the asking for those things which are in accordance with His will, and therefore there is nothing whatever inconsistent between Divine Sovereignty and Christian prayer.
In closing this chapter we would utter a word of caution to safeguard the reader against drawing a false conclusion from what has been said. We have not here sought to epitomize the whole teaching of Scripture on the subject of prayer, nor have we even attempted to discuss in general the problem of prayer; instead, we have confined ourselves, more or less, to a consideration of the relationship between God's Sovereignty and Christian prayer. What we have written is intended chiefly as a protest against much of the modern teaching, which so stresses the human element in prayer that the Divine side is almost entirely lost sight of.
In Jeremiah 10:23 we are told "It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps" (cf. Prov. 16:9); and yet in many of his prayers man impulse presumes to direct the Lord as to His way, and as to what He ought to do: even implying that if only he had the direction of the affairs of the world and of the church he would soon have things very different from what they are. This cannot be denied: for anyone with any spiritual discernment at all could not fail to detect this spirit in many of our modern prayer-meetings where the flesh holds sway. How slow we all are to learn the lesson that the haughty creature needs to be brought down to his knees and humbled into the dust.
And this is where the very act of prayer is intended to put us. But man (in his
usual perversity) turns the footstool into a throne from whence he would fain
direct the Almighty as to what He ought to do! giving the onlooker the impression that if God had half the compassion that those who pray (?) have, all would quickly be right! Such is the arrogance of the old nature even in a child of God.
Our main purpose in this chapter has been to emphasize the need for submitting, in prayer, our wills to God's. But it must also be added that prayer is much more than a pious exercise, and far otherwise than a mechanical performance. Prayer is, indeed, a Divinely appointed means whereby we may obtain from God the things we ask, providing we ask for those things which are in accord with His will. These pages will have been penned in vain unless they lead both writer and reader to cry with a deeper earnestness than heretofore, "Lord, teach us to pray" (Luke 11:1).
- A.W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God, pp. 146-147, from "GOD'S SOVEREIGNTY AND PRAYER" (Chapter 9) on the PURITAN HARD DRIVE
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