What is Possible Through Prayer?
How Do We Obtain Answers?
"Abundantly Above All That We Ask Or Think..."
Psalms 2: 8 “Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.”
Isaiah 45: 11 “Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker; ‘Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; and concerning the work of My hands, you command Me.’”
Jer 33: 3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
Eph 3: 20 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”
Matt 7: 11 “How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him.”
Mark 11: 24 “Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them and you will have them.”
Matt 18: 19 “If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”
1 John 5: 14, 15 “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
“Prayer is the key that unlocks the door of God’s treasure-house. It is not too much to say that all real growth in the spiritual life—all victory over temptation, all confidence and peace in the presence of difficulties and dangers, all repose of spirit in times of great disappointment or loss, all habitual communion with God—depends upon the practice of secret prayer.... It can easily be shown that all want of success (and all failure in the spiritual life and in Christian work) is due to defective or insufficient prayer.... The greatest thing we can do for God or for man is to pray. For we can accomplish far more by our prayers than by our work. Prayer is omnipotent; it can do anything that God can do! When we pray God works.” Anonymous, Christian, Kneeling Christian, pp. 9, 18.
E M Bounds:
“How vast are the possibilities of prayer! How wide is its reach! What great things are accomplished by this divinely appointed means of grace! It lays its hand on Almighty God and moves Him to do what He would not otherwise do if prayer was not offered. It brings things to pass which would never otherwise occur. The story of prayer is the story of great achievements. Prayer is a wonderful power placed by Almighty God in the hands of His saints, which may be used to accomplish great purposes and to achieve unusual results...The only limits to prayer are the promises of God and His ability to fulfill those promises. “Open thy mouth wide and I will fill it.” E. M. Bounds, Possibilities of Prayer.
S. D. Gordon
“God will do as a result of the praying of the humblest one what otherwise he would not do. Yes, I can make it stronger than that, and must make it stronger, for the Book does. Listen: God will do in answer to the prayer of the weakest one what otherwise He could not do.” S. D. Gordon, Quiet Talks on Prayer.
“You can do more than pray, after you have prayed. But you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.” S. D. Gordon.
“It is amazing that God yields Himself to be led by the prayers of His children to the place where His Spirit is to descend and do the work He is about to do. Nothing less is needed than a new creation, a resurrection from the dead, bringing forth out of carnal, worldly Christians the new creature in Christ Jesus, in which old things are passed away and all things are become new. Nothing less than this is to be our aim and expectation. We must absolutely believe that God alone can, and that God most surely will, quicken the dead. Then with simple unceasing, persistent, importunate prayer we will see that God Himself will do for us what to human thought appears impossible.” Andrew Murray, State of the Church, (Fort Washington: Christians Literature Crusade, 1983), pp. 28, 29.
“It is high time for the church to view prayer no longer in the light of our weakness or our limited desires. We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with an unbelievable force that can move the heavenly world and bring its power down to this earth.” Andrew Murray, p. 85.
“Most Churches think their members are gathered into one body simply to take care of and build up each other. They know not that God rules the world by the prayers of His saints; that prayer is the power by which Satan is conquered; that by prayer the Church on earth has disposal of the powers of the heavenly world.” Andrew Murray, “With Christ in the School of Prayer,” Page 85.
“If all would just lay hold upon God with holy violence and unconquerable persistence of faith-filled prayer, a good many things would give way against which we have been beating with our puny human wisdom and power in vain. The prayer-power has never been tried to its full capacity in any church. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine grace and power wrought, in place of weakness, failure, and disappointment, let the whole Church answer God’s standing challenge: “Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.’” Thomas Payne, Power of Intensified Prayer.
“My life is one long, daily, hourly record of answered prayer for physical health, for mental overstrain, for guidance given marvelously, for errors and dangers averted, for enmity to the Gospel subdued, for food provided at the exact hour needed, for everything that goes to make up life and my poor service. I can testify with a full and often wonder-stricken awe that I believe God answers prayer. I know God answers prayer” An Anonymous Christian, Kneeling Christian p 94.
“Prayer is the grandest power in the entire universe. It has more omnipotent force than any other force known to mankind. Prayer has as true, as real, as invaluable an influence over the entire universe as any of the laws of matter. When a man really prays, it is not a question of whether God will hear him or not; He must hear him—not because there is any compulsion in the prayer, but because there is a sweet and blessed compulsion in the promise. God has promised to hear prayer, and He will perform His promise. As He is the Most High and true God, He cannot deny Himself.... To think that we puny people may speak with God and through God we may move all the worlds.... (We) have power in prayer and (we) stand among the most potent ministers in the universe that God has made. (We) have power over angels, who will fly at (our) will. (We) have power over fire, and water, and the elements of earth. (We) have power to make (our) voices heard beyond the stars. Where the thunders die out in silence, (our) voices shall wake the echoes of eternity. The ear of God shall listen, and the hand of God shall yield to (our) will. God bids (us) cry, ‘Thy will be done,’ and (our) will shall be done.” Charles Spurgeon, Prayer in the Believer’s Life, (Lynnwood, WA: Emerald Books, 1993), p. 66.
“I have never failed because I have cast myself upon the Lord. I have not hesitated to challenge our church with large ideas of what we might do for God, and we have accomplished all that we purposed. I have sought God’s help in all my manifold undertakings, and though I cannot tell here the story of my private life in God’s work, yet if it were written, it would be a standing proof that there is a God that answers prayer. He has heard my prayers—not now and then—so many times that it has grown into a habit with me to spread my case before God with the absolute certainty that whatsoever I ask of God He will give to me. It is not now a perhaps or a possibility. I know that my Lord answers me, and it would be folly to doubt it. I am sure of this, for I have reaped it.” Charles Spurgeon, p. 53.
“Prayer is a heaven-ordained means of success. Appeals, petitions, entreaties, between man and man, move men and act a part in controlling the affairs of nations. But prayer moves heaven. That power alone that comes in answer to prayer will make men wise in the wisdom of heaven and enable them to work in the unity of the Spirit, joined together by the bonds of peace. Prayer, faith, confidence in God, bring a divine power that sets human calculations at their real worth—nothingness.... He who places himself where God can enlighten him, advances, as it were, from the partial obscurity of dawn to the full radiance of noonday.” Ellen White, In Heavenly Places, p. 75.
“These words are all-sufficient evidence that God desires us to receive great blessings. His promises are so clearly stated that there is no cause for uncertainty. He desires us to take Him at His word.... Over and over again He has given evidence that He is a prayer-hearing and prayer-answering God. He fulfills His promises in far greater measure than we expect to receive help.” Ellen White, The Paulson Collection of Ellen G. White Letters, p. 174.
“The people of God have accustomed themselves to think that they must rely upon their own effort, that little help is to be received from heaven; and the result is that they have little light to communicate to other souls who are dying in error and darkness. The church has long been contented with little of the blessing of God; they have not felt the need of reaching up to the exalted privileges purchased for them at infinite cost.... The power of God awaits their demand and reception.” Ellen White, Testimonies to Ministers, p. 175.
All quotations are taken from books in the public domain, or used with permission. All rights reserved. Many of these books are available at your local Christian bookstore, or on-line at www.ccel.org. Compiled by Dan Augsburger (firstname.lastname@example.org) Commercial use is prohibited. 31a 6/11/02
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