"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32 . . . . .


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Thursday, May 18, 2023

TTUF TOPIC # 3: What About Prayer? PART 3 of 3:

When Should We Pray?

Our whole life should be a life of prayer. We should walk in constant communion with God…a constant upward looking of the soul to God. By habit we should walk in His presence so that even when we awake in the night it would be the most natural thing in the world for us to speak to Him in thanksgiving or in petition. — R. A. Torrey

~ All the time:

Pray continually. —1 THESSALONIANS 5:17

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. — LUKE 18:1

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kind of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. — EPHESIANS 6:18

~ In the morning, afternoon, and evening:

PSALM 5:3; MARK 1:35; ACTS 3:1; MATTHEW 14:23

But I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning, and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. — PSALM 55:16-17

~ Before meals:

[Jesus] told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people, and they did so. — MARK 8:6; see also 1 CORINTHIANS 10:30-31

~ Where Should We Pray?
Pray alone. Let prayer be the key of the morning and the lock at night. The best way to fight against sin is to fight on our knees. — Philip Henry
~ In private:

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. — MATTHEW 6:6

~ In bed:
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. —PSALM 63:6

~ In God’s house:

There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. — LUKE 2:36-37

~ On the battlefields of life:

On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel: “O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies. — JOSHUA 10:12-13
Excerpted with permission from Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer by Susan Brower, copyright Zondervan.
When we all get to heaven and we see on the other side of eternity the profound, powerful effect our prayers have had, I think we will all feel a pang of regret for time gone by when we were so busy doing other things (that didn’t matter in eternity), and not having prayed more than we did! Let’s not go There with any regrets, right? Let’s engage in prayer – get books about it to understand what it’s all about (some of which are linked in this TOPIC #3, Parts 1-3)!

E.M. Bounds Complete Works on Prayer

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