Friday Favorites #62 Prayer Edition

Hello, friends!  Since it has been distressing here in the States, instead of weighing in with my opinion, I'd like to talk about where we can turn.  If you're like me, sometimes I think, "God, where are you?"  

The following are some of Charles Spurgeon's tips on prayer.  These are taken from the blog Anchored in Christ and are from the volume Encouraged to Pray:  Spurgeon Sermons on Prayer.  There are fifteen tips in total.  Today, I'm listing the top five.  Please click over to the Anchored in Christ blog if you would like to see the remaining ten.  Bible verses added by me.  
I've sprinkled in three C.S. Lewis quotes which are noted.  The top graphic quote begins with "Pain insists on being attended to:".  


"Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done."   C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcom:  Chiefly on Prayer


1.  Be specific in your asking.

"To make prayer of any value, there should be definite objects for which to plead. My brethren, we often ramble in our prayers after this, that, and the other, and we get nothing because in each we do not really desire anything.”

You do not have, because you do not ask.  You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.  Jms. 4:2b-3

2.  You must pray in faith.

"Unless I believe my prayer to be effectual it will not be, for on my faith will it to a great extent depend."

"Do you always remember, beloved, in coming to the mercy-seat, that you are coming to a King, and to One who gives like a King? Do you always open your mouth wide, and ask great things of the King who is so ready to bestow them upon you?”

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous person has great power and it is working Jms. 5:16
3.  Fight distractions that keep you from prayer.

“It is a grand thing when the soul can bolt the doors against distractions, and keep out those intruders; for then it is that prayer and faith will perform their miracle, and our soul shall be filled with the blessing of the Lord.”

4.  Focus on abiding in Christ for more fruit in prayer. 

"Prayer is the natural outgushing of a soul in communion with Jesus. Just as the leaf and the fruit will come out of the vine-branch without any conscious effort on the part of the branch, but simply because of its living union with the stem, so prayer buds, and blossoms, and fruits out of souls abiding in Jesus.”

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Gal. 5:22-23

5.  Pray the promises of God.

“The best praying man is the man who is most believingly familiar with the promises of God. After all, prayer is nothing but taking God’s promises to him, and saying to him, “Do as thou hast said.” Prayer is the promise utilized. A prayer which is not based on a promise has no true foundation.”

The LORD is my light and my slavation; whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of who shall I be afraid?  Psalms 27:1

The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.  And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.  Psalms 9:9-10

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Phil. 4:6-7

Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.  C.S. Lewis


In closing, dear friend, if this is confusing to you and you would like to know more, you can go to and start reading in the Book of John (the New Testament, one of the Gospels, i.e., Matthew, Mark, Luke, John).  Wishing you a weekend full of peace!

                                                          Erika  | Andrea 

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