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Prayer, Page 1



The Scriptures admonish us to “pray without ceasing.” This does not mean that we are to spend all of our time on our knees in formal prayer. It does mean that we must live and serve our Lord in the atmosphere of prayer.

Prayer is the channel of communication between our souls and God. God speaks to us through His word; we respond to Him through our prayers, and He always listens to us. We cannot weary or burden Him by our frequent heart to heart communications.

We have come to serious times. Events in our world call upon every follower of Christ to be totally in earnest in our relationship with God. To strengthen this relationship and satisfy our emotional and spiritual needs, we must learn the power of prayer. We must plead with the Lord, like the disciples of old, saying, “Lord, teach us to pray.”

That God is willing and ready to hear and to respond to our heartfelt prayers under all circumstances is profoundly reassuring. He is a loving Father who is interested both when things are going well and when the vicissitudes of life deal us devastating, tough, and terrible blows. When we feel like crying out, “God, where are You?” It is good to know that He is just a prayer away.

One writer has said, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” It is also true of the church. “A revival of true Godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work” (Selected Messages 1:121). God will do things for us when we pray that He will not do if we do not pray (The Great Controversy, 525). We acknowledge that we need the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. But this can be accomplished only as we pray individually and collectively. When God's people pray earnestly, sincerely, individually, and collectively, God will answer. Great things will happen in and among God's people. And the world will feel the impact as the Holy Spirit comes to equip and empower His people.

We believe this book will find a ready reception among people of all backgrounds. As we read the selections from Ellen G. White on the vital subject of prayer, we will find our hearts strangely and warmly stirred. These messages will hit home to our souls. Conviction on many points expressed will find lodgment in our hearts, evoking an echoing response to measure up to God's call to a deeper and richer prayer life.

“Our Heavenly Father waits to bestow upon us the fullness of His blessing. It is our privilege to drink largely at the fountain of boundless love. What a wonder it is that we pray so little. God is ready and willing to hear the sincere prayer of the humblest of His children.... Why should the sons and daughters of God be reluctant to pray, when prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven's storehouse where are treasured the boundless resources of omnipotence?” (Steps to Christ, 94, 95).

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Table of Contents

1. God Invites Us to Pray7
2. Our Need of Prayer17
3. God Hears Prayer33
4. Prayer and Soul Winning39
5. God's Promises Concerning Prayer46
6. The Prayer of Faith52
7. Prayer and Obedience64
8. Prevailing Prayer70
9. Prayer Power82
10. Reasons to Pray90
11. Answered Prayer96
12. Prayer and Revival116
13. Men and Women of Prayer122
14. Daily Prayer155
15. Jesus’ Example in Prayer167
16. Private Prayer178
17. Prayer in the Home Circle189
18. Prayer and Worship198
19. Attitudes in Prayer207
20. Praying in the Name of Jesus217
21. Divine Guidance Through Prayer222
22. Prayer for the Sick228
23. Prayer for Forgiveness238
24. Intercessory Prayer244
25. Angels and Prayer252
26. Counterfeit Prayers259
27. Satan and Prayer267
28. Prayer in the Last Days274
29. The Privilege of Prayer280
30. The Lord's Prayer289
31. Asking to Give304
32. Faith and Prayer314

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