“Is it not a proof that the Holy Spirit is to a great extent a stranger in the church when prayer, for which God has made such provisions, is regarded as a task and a burden? And does not this teach us to seek for the deep root of prayerlessness in our ignorance of and disobedience to the Divine Instructor, whom the Father has commissioned to teach us to pray?”
In my mind the greatest question ever asked of Jesus was, “…Lord, teach us how to pray.” (Luke 11:1) And is it any wonder when the Master, “in the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears..” and was often found alone in prayer when tired and in the early darkness of the morning. And in John 17 we have the beauty and power of His praying, the toil of praying in the garden the night He was betrayed, and in Luke 18:1-8 we have that beautiful parable of the widow woman regarding prayer, whereby He ends by saying: “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8) And yet today so very few care about the prayer meeting at all. Where is our faith? Where is our application of the Word of God unto a powerful working reality in our lives – deeply, powerfully and most beautifully?
This little page is designed to help those who genuinely want to repent and cultivate a life of prayer. Am I someone special? No. I just simply desire to know the Lord, both in tandem with His word and in intimate prayer. It is my hope and prayer that this website would be a good eternal help to you.
“Prayer does change things, all kinds of things. But the most important thing it changes is us. As we engage in this communion with God more deeply and come to know the One with whom we are speaking more intimately, that growing knowledge of God reveals to us all the more brilliantly who we are and our need to change in conformity to Him. Prayer changes us profoundly.“
R. C. Sproul
Assist with praying
- Valley of Vision – Puritan Prayers
- Morning and Evening – Charles H. Spurgeon
- One Man’s Walk with God: Preparing for Trials and Fears – J.B. Strang
- My Utmost for His Highest – Oswald Chamber
- The Hidden Life of Prayer & The Prayer-Life of Our Lord – David McIntyre
- The Hidden Life of Prayer – David McIntyre
- With Christ In The School of Prayer – Andrew Murray
- The Lord’s Prayer – Thomas Watson
- The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds – E.M. Bounds
- Power Through Prayer – E.M. Bounds
- Revival Praying – Leonard Ravenhill
- The Lord’s Prayer – Thomas Watson
- A Praying Church: The Neglected Blessing of Corporate Prayer – Dennis Gundersen
- Praying: Finding Our Way Through Duty to Delight – J.I. Packer
- A Call to Prayer – J.C. Ryle
Recommended related biographies and more
- The Autobiography of George Muller (A Million and a Half in Answer to Prayer) – George Muller
- In Light of Eternity: The Life of Leonard Ravenhill – Mack Tomlinson
- The Life of God in the Soul of Man – Henry Scougal
“…the power of prayer can never be overrated. They who cannot serve God by preaching need not regret. If a man can but pray he can do anything. He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has Heaven and earth at his disposal.”
Charles H. Spurgeon
Practical Helps in Cultivating a Life of Prayer
- Simply start praying. If you need help or direction, consider The Initial Seven Days: Entering into a Life of Prayer .
- For devoted time of prayer, rid yourself of all technology and distractions.
- Have a pen and paper readily available. As you begin to pray, your mind may be flooded with a thousand other things to be doing. Write them down and continue forward in prayer.
- For specific prayers of intercession that you may forget, for you it may be beneficial to keep a small journal or notebook with specific prayers. This can be of benefit for those newer to having a prayer life, however, do not let these prayers become mundane and unimportant. Rote words apart from deep true affection and intention may very well be best kept silent.
- Check out other resource helps if needed.
“I have never met an old saint who regretted having spent too much time in prayer, but I have met many who regretted having spent too little!”
Paul Washer, HeartCry Missionary Society
Pray through the Scriptures
“God looks not at the elegancy of your prayers, to see how neat they are; nor yet at the geometry of your prayers, to see how long they are; nor yet at the arithmetic of your prayers, to see how many they are; nor yet at the music of your prayers, nor yet at the sweetness of your voice, nor yet at the logic of your prayers; but at the sincerity of your prayers, how hearty they are. There is no prayer acknowledged, approved, accepted, recorded, or rewarded by God, but that where in the heart is sincerely and wholly. The true mother would not have the child divided. God loves a broken and a contrite heart, so he loves a divided heart. God neither loves halting nor halving.”