"…to the praise of the glory of His grace…" Ephesians 1:6

Prayer Week Emphasis – Sunday, January 18th

Sunday Morning Prayer Emphasis

Pray for God’s power and help in our preaching and listening to the Word of God

Prayer is simply speaking with God. As with Jesus’ disciples (Mark 3:14), the first part of our calling as human beings is fellowship with God. As Augustine said, “God made us for Himself.” What an honor!

Charles Spurgeon, the 19th century London preacher, learned what it was to cooperate with God and see His power transform many thousands of people over several decades. People often travelled to his church to learn the secret of his success. When visitors would come to Spurgeon’s church he would take them to the basement prayer-room where people were always on their knees interceding. He called this prayer-room the powerhouse of the church. “If the engine room is out of action,” Spurgeon explains, “then the whole mill will grind to a halt. We cannot expect blessing if we do not ask.”

“God’s giving is inseparably connected with our asking.” (Andrew Murray)

“Prayer is not a preparation for the battle, it is the battle.” (Oswald Chambers)

“All hell is vanquished when the believer bows his knee in importunate supplication. Beloved brethren, let us pray. We cannot all argue, but we can all pray; we cannot all be leaders, but we can all be pleaders; we cannot all be mighty in rhetoric, but we can all be prevalent in prayer. I would sooner see you eloquent with God than with men. Prayer links us with the Eternal, the Omnipotent, the Infinite, and hence it is our chief resort. . . Be sure that you are with God, and then you may be sure that God is with you.” (Charles Spurgeon)