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Believe Your Prayers
      "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive" (Matt. 21:22). Do not allow your practice in prayer to be arrested by scientific or philosophic considerations as to how answer is possible. That is a valuable subject for discussion, but it is not entitled to control our practice. Faith is at least as essenti

The Prayer of God
      "...the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered" (Rom. 8:26). If our prayer reach or move Him it is because He first reached and moved us to pray. The prayer that reached heaven began there, when Christ went forth. It began when God turned to beseech us in Christ--in the appealing Lamb slain before

The Sacrament of Pain
      "For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me" (2 Cor. 12:8). We pray for the removal of pain, pray passionately, and then with exhaustion, sick from hope deferred and prayer's failure. But there is a higher prayer than that. It is a greater thing to pray for pain's conversion than for its removal. It is more

The Secret of the Lord
      "The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant" (Ps. 25:14). Not to pray is not to discern--not to discern the things that really matter, and the powers that really rule. The mind may see acutely and clearly, but the personality perceives nothing subtle and mighty; and then it comforts and deludes i

The Sin of Prayerlessness
      "There is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee..." (Isa. 64:7). The worst sin is prayerlessness. Overt sin, or crime, or the glaring inconsistencies which often surprise us in Christian people are the effect of this, or its punishment. We are left by God for lack of seeking Him. The history of the

Theological Prayers
      "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not" (Jer. 33:3). Prayer is for the religious life what original research is for science--by it we get direct contact with reality. The soul is brought into union with its own vaster nature--God. Therefore, also, we must use the Bible as an or

To Whom Do You Pray?
      "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart" (Ps. 37:4). So far is this 'pray without ceasing' from being absurd because extravagant that every man's life is in some sense a continual state of prayer. For what is his life's prayer but its ruling passion? All energies, ambitions, and passions ar

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