OUGHT TO BE MORE CONSIDERED THAN THE SERMON

1095489_57970528Charles Spurgeon:

“It is my solemn conviction that the prayer is one of the most weighty,

useful,

and honourable

parts of the service,

and that it ought to be even more considered than the sermon.”

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HE PRAYED ME OUT OF IT

freely-10139Charles Spurgeon:

“George Whitefield said of a certain preacher:

“He prayed me into a good frame of mind, and if he had stopped there, it would have been very well;

but he prayed me out of it again by keeping on.”

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A SHORT PRAYER FOR LEADERS TO PRAY

freely-10139Kevin Halloran:

“Lord,

feed me in your Word and lead me by your Spirit

to be a humble servant in front of you and in front of others

for your glory.”

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OF COURSE HE’S A MAN OF PRAYER

file000640756889Charles Spurgeon:

“Of course, the preacher is above all others distinguished as a man of prayer. 

He prays as an ordinary Christian. 

He prays more than ordinary Christians, else he were disqualified for the office which he has undertaken.”

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DON’T FORGET TO PRAY

file000640756889Brian Croft:

“More than any other aspect of a pastor’s calling, prayer is the most difficult to maintain.

Prayer requires time.

And prayer is usually most fruitful when done in a quiet place, without constant interruption or distraction.

Unfortunately, prayer doesn’t demand your attention.

In the midst of people wanting your time and urgent tasks to complete, spending time in prayer is easy to neglect…

Pastors, I know your schedule is busy.  

But, don’t forget to pray for your people this week.  Pray with your people.  Set time aside in a quiet place and cry out to God for your people. 

Make the other pastoral matters wait. 

It is safe to say they are less important than prayer.”

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A PRAYER BEFORE READING THE BIBLE

962108_96068789John Piper:

“I use the acrostic I. O. U. S as I come to the Bible.

I. Incline my heart to your testimonies. Psalm 119:36 (Since my heart is inclined to sleep and to work and to lots of things other than the Bible.)

O. Open my eyes to see wonders in your word. Psalm 119:18 (Since my heart is so often dull and blind to the wonders of the word.)

U. Unite my heart to fear your name. Psalm 86:11 (Since my heart is often divided and distracted in many directions)

S. Satisfy me with your steadfast love. Psalm  90:14 (Since my heart is so tempted to be satisfied in other things.)”

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PRAYING IN CONCENTRIC CIRCLES

file8121255508383John Piper:

“Consider praying in concentric circles from your own soul outward to the whole world.

This is my regular practice.

I pray for my own soul first. Not because I am more deserving than others, but because if God doesn’t awaken and strengthen and humble and fill my own soul, then I can’t pray for anybody else’s. So I plead with the Lord every morning for my own soul’s perseverance and purification and power.

Then I go to the next concentric circle, my family, and I pray for each of them by name.

Then I go to the next concentric circle, the staff and elders of Bethlehem. I name them all by name.

Then I pray for you, Bethlehem Baptist Church.

And then I go out from there to different concerns and groups at different times: our missionaries, our denomination and its schools, the Baptist General Conference, Evangelicalism in general and the church around the world, especially the suffering church. The wider circles include the city and the state and the nation and the cultural and social issues of the world.

“If you ask, What do I pray for myself and my family and my church and the missionaries and the city and the nations, the answer is pray Scripture.”

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