Feb 22, 2012

Prayer - The Language of the Poor

"Prayer is the language of the poor. Over and over again David, the King of Israel, says,

 "Incline Thine ear, O Lord, and answer me; for I am afflicted and needy" (Psalm 86:1).

And do you remember that one of the greatest psalms he wrote says,

"This poor man cried and the Lord heard him..." (Psalm 34:6).

Prayer Transfigures


There's nothing more transfiguring than prayer.

People often ask, "Why do you insist on prayer so much?" The answer is very simple - because Jesus did.

You could change the title of the Gospel according to St. Luke to the Gospel of Prayer. It's the prayer life of Jesus.

 The other evangelists say that Jesus was in the Jordan and the Spirit descended on Him as a dove - Luke says it was while He was praying that the Spirit descended on Him.

The other evangelists say that Jesus chose 12 disciples - Luke says it was after He spent a night in prayer that He chose 12 disciples.

 The other evangelists say that Jesus died on a cross - Luke says that even when He was dying Jesus was praying for those who persecuted Him.

The other evangelists say Jesus went on a mount and He was transfigured - Luke says it was while He was praying that He was transfigured.

 There's nothing more transfiguring than prayer.


The apostle Paul overwhelms me with his spirituality, his pedigree, his colossal intellect.
Yet he says that he's very conscious that when he's weak, he is strong.
He was always trying to prove to himself and to others that he was a nobody.

What does the Scripture say? It says that God takes the lowly, the things that are not.

 Paul says in I Corinthians 1:28 that God takes the things that are not to bring to nothing the things that are, so that no flesh should glory in His presence.

We need a bunch of "are nots" today."

Desperate Praying


"I Samuel 1:1-15 gives an account of the yearly trip Elkanah and his wife, Hannah, made to Shiloh to worship and sacrifice to the Lord.

 During this time, Hannah had been distressed that she was not able to bear a son for her husband.

This passage of Scripture gives quite a descriptive account of her time in prayer concerning the barrenness of her womb. It says that Hannah wept.

More than this, she wept until she was sore.

She poured out her soul before the Lord. Her heart was grieving; she was bitter of soul, provoked, and of a sorrowful spirit.

Now that's a pretty good list of afflictions - sorrow, hardship, and everything else that came upon this woman.

 But the key to the whole situation is that she was a praying woman.

 In verse 20 it says that she reaped her reward.

 "And it came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying,

'Because I have asked him of the Lord.'"

Secret Prayer

"God makes all His best people in loneliness. Do you know what the secret of praying is?

Praying in secret.

"But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door..." (Matt. 6:6).

You can't show off when the door's shut and nobody's there. You can't display your gifts. You can impress others, but you can't impress God."

Prayer Quote

"By a strange paradox those who pray most, feel they pray little. This much is sure: No man who prays, struts!"

True prayer is a two-way communication. I speak to God and God speaks to me. I don't know how the Spirit makes communication - or why God needs me to pray - but that's how God works.

~ Leonard Ravenhill
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