Reading and writing are two of my passions. I always have about a half dozen or so books on the go that I’m reading at any given time. I just finished reading “Did You Think to Pray?” by R.T. Kendall, a new favourite author. Here are a few quotes from this book:
I cannot imagine a greater motivation to pray than God enjoys having me in His presence. He enjoys my company. He delights in listening to me!
What a compliment to the disciples that Jesus would say, “I have called you friends.” Friendship is developed by spending time with another person.
When people tell us they pray for us, it affirms us. It makes us think that we must matter to others. It makes us feel good. So, yes, when you pray for others – tell them – as long as you don’t do it to score points!
What does prayer do for others? Two things: it encourages them (if we tell tem), and it sets God into action on their behalf.
The most important thing prayer does for us: It helps us to get to know the true God.
Prayer and Bible reading go together. They must be inseparable, just as the Word and Spirit should be inseparable.
When we care to know God well enough to read His Word line by line, day by day, out of love for Him, it pleases Him more than nearly anything we can do.
Carefully reading the Bible, at least a chapter a day, seven days a week, is an indication of how much you esteem God.
Inheriting the kingdom is seriously jeopardized when we don’t forgive others as we have been forgiven. How would you feel if the forgiveness of all your sins were granted in proportion to the manner in which you have forgiven others?
The greatest fringe benefit of being a Christian is the privilege of prayer.
Whatever else you thank Him for, be sure to thank Him for answered prayer. One good reason for having a prayer list is to see how many of those requests can be crossed out because He answers!
Pray as much as you can, as often as you can, as best as you can, for as long as you can. Learn all you can about prayer.
Sacrifice means our giving up something valued for the sake of praising the Lord. What is valued that we set aside? First, our time.
The key to praying in the Spirit is to pray without any bitterness in our hearts… Not grieving the Spirit and manifesting the fruit of the Spirit come to the same thing. The fruit of the Spirit will flow in us to the degree we do not grieve the Spirit by bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness.
There is nothing more amazing than God’s love and care for each of us. But we learn to enjoy and appreciate His love in proportion to how much we pray and spend time with Him.