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10/10/2011

A habit of hearty private prayer

Christian author Arthur Wallis wrote that "a movement of God will only last as long as the Spirit of prayer that inspired it". Throughout the history of the church we see a pattern that when the people of God take seriously God's command to pray earnestly, we see a resultant work of God.

The book of Acts presents the church devoted to prayer with God's attendant presence and power, resulting in a dynamic church on the mission. But we must beware a false view of prayer and fasting by which, in some way, we are seeking to make God beholden to us. A true 'spirit of prayer' and fasting is where we humble ourselves before God, seeking to hear His voice through His Word and prophecy and then pray and act according to His will.

This is true of our private prayer, too. Private prayer is the true reflection of a person's relationship with God: a person who loves God will 'steal' the time to be alone with Him. AS J.C. Ryle wrote: "...of all the evidences of the real work of the Spirit, a habit of hearty private prayer is one of the most satisfactory that can be named. A man may preach from false motives. A man may write books and make fine speeches and seem diligent in good works, and yet be a Judas Iscariot. But a man seldom goes into his closet, and pours out his soul before God in secret, unless he is in earnest."

Reading: Luke 5:16
Next Prayer Meeting: Tomorrow at 12.30pm

Matt Beaney

Posted by Matt Beaney
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