Prayer is a time of communion and fellowship with the Father, not a time to besiege Him with a barrage of solicitations and petitions. Jesus said, “Your Father knows what things you have need of before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8)
Prayer is integral to the believer’s relationship with God – every hour of every day.
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Charles G Finney » Power from God » Consecration, Prayer, Supplication
(From the book ‘Power from God‘, Whitaker House, Page 10)
How will we get power from on high? Christ expressly promised it to the whole church and to everyone who has the duty to labor for the conversion of the world. He admonished the first disciples not to undertake the work until they had received the outpouring of power from on high. Both the promise and the admonition apply equally to all Christians of every age and nation. No one has, at any time, any right to expect success unless he first obtains this outpouring of power from on high. The example of the first disciples teaches us how to obtain this outpouring. They first consecrated themselves to this work. Then they continued in prayer and supplication (see Acts 1: 14) until the Holy Spirit fell upon them on the Day of Pentecost, and they received the promised outpouring of power from on high. This, then, is the way to get it.
The council desired me to say more upon this subject. Consequently, on Sunday, I took for my text the statement of Christ that the Father is more willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him than we are to give good gifts to our children. (See Luke 11: 13)
I said that this text informs us that it is infinitely easy to obtain this outpouring of power from the Father. I also said that this outpouring is made a constant subject of prayer for many people. Everybody prays for this repeatedly, and yet with all this intercession, how comparatively few are really clothed with this spiritual power from on high! This need is not being met. Lack of power is a subject of constant complaint. Christ says, “Every one that asketh receiveth” (Matthew 7: 8), but there certainly is a great gulf between the asking and receiving that is a sizable stumbling block to many.
Charles G Finney Quotes » Principles of prayer » The truth and prayer
(From the book ‘Principles of Prayer‘, Edited by LG Parkhurst, Page 18)
There are two kinds of means requisite to promote a revival: one to influence men, the other to influence God. The truth is employed to influence men, and prayer is employed to move God. When I speak of moving God, I do not mean that God’s mind is changed by prayer or that his disposition or character is changed. but prayer produces such a change in us as renders it consistent for God to do as it would not be consistent for Him to do otherwise.
When Christians offer effectual prayer, their state of feeling renders it proper for God to answer them.
Truth, by itself, will never produce the effect without the Spirit of God, and the Spirit is given in answer to prayer. Sometimes it happens that those who are most engaged in employing truth are not the most engaged in prayer. This is always unfortunate. For unless they have the spirit of prayer (or unless someone else has), the truth, by itself, will do nothing but harden men in impenitence. Probably in the Day of Judgement it will be found that nothing is ever done by the truth, used ever so zealously, unless there is a spirit of prayer somewhere in connection with the presentation of the truth.
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