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Thursday, May 19, 2016

#44 The Most Important Measure of Prayer

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: The most important measure of prayer is not its length but its depth; not its beautiful words but its intensity. It is not necessarily a matter of how many hours you pray, but how intensely you pray when you do pray.

There is a dynamic of perseverance—prayer must often be continued at some length, but whether short or long, let your prayer be fervent.

It is a law of prayer that those who seek with all their heart find.

    " 'Then you will call upon me and come and pray to

     me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find
     me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be
     found by you,' declares the LORD (Jer. 29:12-14).

Moses used almost identical words, specifying, "With all your heart and with all your soul" (Deu. 4:29).

Says Chadwick again, 

     "Intensity is a law of prayer...wrestling prayer prevails. 

      The fervent, effectual prayer of the righteous is of 
       great force. God hates strange fire. We must never 
       try to work up an emotion of intensity....If the spirit 
       groans in intercession, do not be afraid of the agony 
       of prayer. There are blessings of the Kingdom that are 
       only yielded to the violence of the vehement soul."

Hebrews assures us that "during the days of Jesus' life

on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud
cries and tears" ((5:7).

It is Christlike to be so burdened in prayer that we pray with a passion. Paul asked the saints at Rome to "join me in my struggle by praying to God for me" (Rom. 15:30). "Join me in my struggle" is two words in Greek—meaning literally "agonize with me."  That is prayer with a passion!

R. A. Torrey writes, 

     "The prayer that prevails with God is the prayer into 

      which we put our whole soul, stretching out toward 
      God in intense and agonizing desire....If we put 
      so little heart into our prayers, we cannot expect 
      God to put much heart into answering them....
      When we learn to come to God with an intensity 
      of desire that wrings the soul, then shall we know 
      a power in prayer that most of us do not know now."
      (How to Pray pp. 33-34)

Alexander Whyte, the great preacher and author from Scotland, pleads, 

     "let every man put his passion into his prayers."

James's description of Elijah, "he prayed earnestly" (James 5:17), is in the Greek "with prayer he prayed," am idiom that means he prayed with intensity or passion.

(Google image and my emphasis added)

Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana

#44 The Most important Measure of Prayer             by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 76-77) Zondervan

Today's Bible verses-

(2 Kings 19:16) "LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes and see: and hear the words..."

(Ps, 119:145) "I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes."

Today's quote-

Marion Stroud- "Why not tell a trusted friend about the areas of your life in which you want to grow spiritually and ask that person to pray for and encourage you to be accountable? Be patient. You will grow as you allow the Holy spirit to work in you." 

Let's pray-

    "Please give me patience, dear lord, with myself and with others. Help me to cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He shapes my desires and helps me to grow.

Each small step of faith is a giant step of growth."
(ODB 5/17/16)

Our thought today-

Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Your confession will be what influences you, so talk to yourself, making declarations that come in line with the Word of God (see John:1:8, 9; Heb. 4:12; 6:1)). God wants us to rightly see Who He is, and who we are as His children.

Our question today-

Do you believe that something happens within us when we believe in Jesus' atoning work on the cross, and receive it into our hearts and lives? (see 2 Cor. 5:17).

Upcoming posts-

Lord, Save Us! We're Perishing!
    21st- Saturday's post by Jean Oathout

The Fragrance of Christ
    22nd- Sunday's post by Marion Stroud

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Just What I Need

    6/5 Sunday evening's post by Dave Branon

#45 Summary of  Prayer Passion

    7th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

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