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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