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Classic: With Christ in the School of Prayer All Classics

Andrew Murray, Old Tappan: Fleming H. Revell Company. 1976


03/13/15

“’If once we have, in submission to the teaching of the Spirit in the word, taken hold of God’s promise, and believed that the Father has heard us, we must not allow ourselves by any delay or unfavourable appearances to be shaken in our faith.’”

“Patient, persevering, believing prayer, offered up to God, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, has always, sooner or later, brought the blessing. I do not despair, by God’s grace, of obtaining any blessing, provided I can be sure it would be for any real good, and for the glory of God.’”

Finished With Christ in the School of Prayer

[p. 190, 192]
03/12/15

“In George Muller we have one of the most remarkable instances on record of God’s Holy Spirit leading a man deliberately and systematically, at the outset of a course of prayer, to make the glorifying of God his first and only object.”

“’…our God and Father is the same faithful God as ever He was; as willing as ever to PROVE Himself to be the LIVING GOD in our day as formerly, to all who put their trust in Him.”

“’All this leads me to desire further and further to labour on in this way, in order to bring yet greater glory to the Name of the Lord. That He may be looked at, magnified, admired, trusted in, relied on at all times, is my aim in this service; and so particularly in this intended enlargement.’”

[p. 188-189, 190]
03/11/15

“’The burden of my prayer has still been that He in His great mercy would keep me from making a mistake.’”

“’…have been during the whole of this period also in perfect peace, which is the result of seeking in this thing only the Lord’s honour and temporal and spiritual benefit of my fellow-men.’” [Muller]

“As the great root of all sins is self and self-seeking, so there is nothing that even in our more spiritual desires so effectively hinders God in answering as this: we pray for our own pleasure or glory.”

[p. 187, 188]
03/10/15

“’I desire to be allowed to provide scriptural instruction for a thousand orphans, instead of doing so for 300. I desire to expound the Holy Scriptures regularly to a thousand orphans, instead of doing so to 300.

'I desire that it may be yet more abundantly manifest that God is still the Hearer and Answerer of prayer, and that He is the living God now as He ever was and ever will be, when He shall simply, in answer to prayer, have condescended to provide me with a house for 700 orphans and with means to support them. This last consideration is the most important point in my mind.

The Lord’s honour is the principal point with me in this whole matter;…'” (Muller)

[p. 186]
03/09/15

“’…for He has brought me into such a state of heart, that I only desire to please Him in this matter.’”

“’The burden of my prayer concerning this matter, is that the Lord would not allow me to make a mistake, and that He would teach me to do His will.’”

“This calmness of mind, this having no will of my own in the matter, this only wishing to please my Heavenly Father in it, this only seeking His and not my honour in it; this state of heart, I say, is the fullest assurance to me that my heart is not under a fleshly excitement, and that, if I am helped thus to go on, I shall know the will of God to the full.’”

[p. 185, 186]
03/08/15

“’…for the frequent reading of the Scriptures creates a delight in them so that the more we read them, the more we desire to do so.’”

“We find in his journal frequent mention made of his spending two or three hours in prayer over the word for the feeding of his spiritual life.”

“’Lord! how can Thy servant know Thy will in this matter? Wilt Thous be pleased to teach him!’” (Muller)

[p. 183-184]
03/07/15

“…money was a Divine stewardship, and that money had therefore to be received and dispense in direct fellowship with God Himself.”

“’…(for much prayerful reading of the word gives not merely more knowledge, but increases the delight we have in reading it)…’”

“’…for all true knowledge must be derived, by the Spirit, from the word.’” (Muller)

[p. 180, 182]
03/06/15

“Let Thine unceasing indwelling make my life one of unceasing intercession.”

Notes—from the writing of George Muller documented by Murray “He [George Muller] was accepted as a student, but soon found that he could not in all things submit to the rules of the Society, as leaving too little liberty for the leading of the Holy Spirit.”

“’God then began to show me that the word of God alone is our standard of judgment in spiritual things; that it can be explained only by the Holy Spirit; and that in our day, as well as in former times, He is the Teacher of His people.’” (Muller)

[p. 177, 178]
03/05/15

“O my God! keep me ever so dwelling and walking in the presence of Thy glory, that prayer may be the spontaneous expression of my life with Thee.”

“…Thou didst come from heaven to share with me in my needs and cries, that I might share with Thee in Thy all-prevailing intercession.”

“…Thou hast taken me up into the fellowship of Thy life of intercession, that through me too Thy blessings may be dispense to those around me.”

[p. 177]
03/04/15

“The highest conformity to Christ, the most blessed participation in the glory of His heavenly life, is that we take part in His work of intercession.”

“Praying without ceasing is the earthly manifestation of heaven come down to us, the foretaste of the life where they rest not day or night in the song of worship and adoration.”

from his prayer, “O my Father, with my whole heart I praise Thee for this wondrous life of never-ceasing prayer, never-ceasing fellowship, never-ceasing answers, and never-ceasing experience of my oneness with Him who ever lives to pray.”

[p. 177]
03/03/15

“…the taking us up into the fellowship of His own prayer-life before the Father,--this is by which Jesus really teaches.”

“Christ makes us partakers with Himself of His prayer-power and prayer-life.”

“…never-ceasing prayer is the manifestation of the power of the eternal life, where Jesus always prays.”

[p. 176, 177]
03/02/15

“’The burden of my prayer has still been that He in His great mercy would keep me from making a mistake.’”

“’…have been during the whole of this period also in perfect peace, which is the result of seeking in this thing only the Lord’s honour and temporal and spiritual benefit of my fellow-men.'” (Muller)

“As the great root of all sins is self and self-seeking, so there is nothing that even in our more spiritual desires so effectively hinders God in answering as this: we pray for our own pleasure or glory.”

[p. 187, 188]
03/02/15

“The believer awakes to the consciousness that he is one of the watchmen on Zion’s walls,…whose call does really touch and move the Kin in heaven to do what would otherwise not be done.”

“To forget oneself, to live for God and His kingdom among men, is the way to learn to pray without ceasing.”

“…it is always and alone the Holy Spirit who draws out the heart to thirst for God, to long for His being made known and glorified.”

[p. 174, 175]
03/01/15

“He who seeks to pray without ceasing because he wants to be very pious and good will never attain to it.”

“It is the forgetting of self and yielding ourselves to live for God and His honour that enlarges the heart, that teaches us to regard everything in the light of God and His will, and that instinctively recognizes in everything around us the need of God’s help and blessing, an opportunity for His being glorified.”

“…the whole life becomes a looking up, a crying from the inmost heart, for God to prove His power and love, and so show forth His glory.”

[p. 174]
02/28/15

“…priests who will bear the burden of the perishing ones, and intercede on their behalf.”

“O let nothing keep you back from giving yourselves to be wholly and only priests—nothing else, nothing less than the priests of the Most High God.”

THIRTY-FIRST LESSON: “A Life of Prayer”

“As the widow persevered in seeking one definite thing, the parable appears to have reference to persevering prayer for some one blessing, when God delays or appears to refuse.”

[p. 171, 172, 173]
02/27/15

“Every child of God is priest in right of his birth, his blood relationship to the Great High Priest; but this is not enough: he will exercise his power only as he accepts and realizes his consecration.”

“And as the blood gives the right, the Spirit gives the power, and fits for believing intercession.”

“He breathes into us the priestly spirit—burning love for God’s honour and the saving of souls.”

[p. 170, 171]
02/26/15

“His work is to find out their sin and need, and to bring it before God, to offer sacrifice and incense in their name, to obtain forgiveness and blessing for them, and then to come out and bless them in His Name.”

“”As God is holy, so the priest was to be especially holy. This means not only separated from everything unclean, but holy unto God, being set apart and given up to God for His disposal.”

“In the surrender of what may appear lawful to others in our separation from the world, we must prove that our consecration to be holy to the Lord is whole-heated and entire.”

[p. 169, 170]
02/25/15

“…it is the very nature of God to love and to bless. Downward and ever downward His love longs to come with its quickening and refreshing streams.”

“the will of God to bless is dependent upon the will of man to say where the blessing must descend.”

THIRTIETH LESSON: “The Ministry of Intercession”

“And yet it [the priesthood] is the highest privilege of a child of God, the mark of greatest nearness and likeness to Him ‘who every liveth to pray.’”

[p. 168-169]
02/24/15

“But all power is put into the hands of man in Christ Jesus.”

“…we shall see how natural and right and safe it is that to those who abide in Him as He is the Father, such power should be given.”

“…it is the very nature of God to love and to bless. Downward and ever downward His love longs to come with its quickening and refreshing streams.”

[p. 167, 168]
02/23/15

“God wills a great deal of blessing to His people, which never comes to them.”

“…God has made the execution of His will, in many things, dependent on the will of man.”

“When once God reveals to a soul what He will willing to do for it, the responsibility for the execution of that will rests with us.”

[p. 167]
02/22/15

“Let that word, ‘Ye receive not because ye ask amiss,’ be as the lantern of the Lord, searching heart and life to prove that we are indeed such as those to whom Christ gave His promises of certain answers.”

from his prayer: “Father! it is Thy will that Thy child should enjoy Thy presence and blessing. It is Thy will that everything in the life of Thy child should be in accordance with Thy will, and that the Holy Spirit should work this in Him. It is Thy will that Thy child should live in the daily experience of distinct answers to prayer, so as to enjoy living and direct fellowship with Thyself. It is Thy will that Thy Name should be glorified in and through Thy children, and that it will be in those who trust Thee, O my Father! let this Thy will be my confidence in all I ask.”

“Thou canst make me see how every promise and every command of the word is indeed the will of God, and that its fulfillment is secured to me by God Himself.”

[p. 165-166]
02/21/15

“…if I would have the leading of the Spirit in prayer to assure me what God’s will is, my whole life must be yielded to that leading; so only can mind and heart become spiritual and capable of knowing God’s holy will.”

“In not granting an answer, the Father tells us that there is something wrong in our praying. He wants to teach us to find it out and confess it, and so to educate us to true believing and prevailing prayer.”

“O let us no longer throw the blame of our unanswered prayers on the secret will of God, but on our own praying amiss.”

[p. 165]
02/20/15

“In the heart the word and Spirit must meet; it is only by indwelling that we can experience their teaching.”

“Not from without, but from within, comes the quickening of the word by the Spirit.”

“It is only he who yields himself entirely in his whole life to the supremacy of the word and the will of God, who can expect in special cases to discern what that word and will permit him boldly to ask.”

[p. 165]
02/19/15

“Whatever he asks within the limits of that revealed will, he can know to be according to the will of God, and he may confidently expect.”

“In His word, God has given us the revelation of His will and plans with us, with His people, and with the world, with the most precious promises of the grace and power with which through His people He will carry out His plans and do His work.”

“The personal application of the general promises of the word to our special personal needs—it is for this that the leading of the Holy Spirit is given us."

[p. 164]
02/18/15

from his prayer: “…a will given up to God is a will accepted of God to be used in His service, to desire, and purpose, and determine, and will what is according to God’s will.”

TWENTY-NINTH LESSON: “Our Boldness in Prayer”

“The great mistake here is that God’s children do not really believe that it is possible to know God’s will. Or if they believe this, they do not take the time and trouble to find it out.”

“It is through God’s holy word, taken up and kept in the heart, the life, the will; and through God’s Holy Spirit, accepted in His indwelling and leading, that we shall learn to know that our petitions are according to His will.”

[p. 161, 163]
02/17/15

“…how entire surrender to God’s will is the Father’s claim, the Son’s example, and the true blessedness of the soul.”

“With my whole will I learn to live for the interests of God and His kingdom, to exercise the power of that will—crucified but risen again—in nature and in prayer, on earth and in heaven, with men and with God.”

“Being of one mind and spirit with Him in obedience and surrender to the Father; this is abiding in Him; this is the secret of power in prayer.”

[p. 160, 161]
02/16/15

TWENTHY-EIGHTH LESSON: “Christ the Sacrifice”

“It is from the entire surrender of His will in Gethsemane that the High Priest on the throne has the power to ask what He will, has the right to make His people share in that power too, and ask what they will.”

“It was by Christ’s submittal in Gethsemane to have not His will done, that He secured for His people the right to say to them, ‘Ask whatsoever ye will.’”

“Our Lord always wins for us the opposite of what He suffered.”

[p. 157, 159]
02/15/15

“It is of great consequence that intercession should be personal, pointed, and definite.”

“The disciple of Jesus, who has first in his own circle proved the power of prayer, cannot confine himself within its limits’ he prays for the Church universal and its different branches.”

“If we but abide in Him, living, and walking, and doing all things in His Name; if we but come and bring each separate petition, tested and touched by His Word and Spirit, and cast it into the mighty stream of intercession that goes up from Him, to be borne upward and presented before the Father;--we shall have the full confidence that we receive the petitions we ask…”

[p. 154, 155]
02/14/15

TWENTY-SEVENTH LESSON: “Christ the High Priest”

“…to pray is His Name is to pray in perfect unity with Himself…”

“Say that you too have given yourself to finish the work the Father has given you to do, and to live alone for His glory. And ask then confidently that the Son may be glorified in you.”

“It is only when your own personal relation on this point, like Christ’s, is clear with God, when you are glorifying Him, and seeking all for His glory, that, like Christ you will have power to interceded for those around you.”

[p. 152, 153]
02/13/15

from the Note by Dr. I.T. Beck, Christliche Ethik.: “Not that with the immediate prayer to the Father, the mediatorship of Christ is set aside; but it is not longer looked at as something external, existing outside of us, but as a real living spiritual existence within us, so that the Christ for us, the Mediator, has really become Christ in us.”

“To take Christ thus in prayer as Advocate, is according to John 16:26 not perfectly the same as the prayer in His Name.”

“Wherever thus the inner man does not live in Christ and has Him not present as the Living One, where His word is not ruling in the heart in its Spirit-power, where His truth and life have not become the life of our soul, it is vain to think that a formula like ‘for the sake of Thy dear son’ will avail.”

[p. 150]
02/12/15

“With more liberty than ever I come to Thee, my Lord, and beseech Thee: Teach me to pray. Thy life is prayer, Thy life is mine. Lord! teach me to pray, in Thee, like Thee.”

“Let the uniting power of the Holy Spirit make my whole life an abiding in Thee and Thy intercession, so that my prayer may be its echo, and the Father hear me in Thee and Thee in Me.”

“Lord Jesus! let Thy mind in everything be in me, and my life in everything be in Thee. So shall I be prepared to be the channel through which Thy intercession pours its blessing on the world.”

[p. 149-150]
02/11/15

“As long as we only or chiefly pray for ourselves, the promises of the last night must remain a sealed book to us.”

from Murray’s prayer response: “And because we are and abide in Thee, the direct access to the Father is always open, our life can be one of unceasing prayer, and the answer to our prayer is sure.”

“Thou hast united Thyself with Thy people and makest them as Thy body share with Thee in that ministry of intercession through which alone the world can be filled with the fruit of Thy redemption and the glory of the Father.”

[p. 148, 149]
02/10/15

“…Christ is surety for our prayer-life too, the centre and embodiment of all prayer, to be communicate by Him through the Holy Spirit to His people.”

“He provides in everything for the life of His redeemed ones by giving His own life in them; He cares for their life of prayer, by taking them up into His heavenly prayer-life, by giving and maintaining His prayer-life within them.”

“…how all these wonderful prayer-promises have as their aim and their justification, the glory of God in the manifestation of His kingdom and the salvation of sinners.”

[p. 148]
02/09/15

“His life in heaven is an ever-praying life. When it descends and takes possession of us, it does not lose its character; in us too, it is the ever-praying life—a life that without ceasing asks and receives from God.”

“…but the substantial life-union is also prayer-union; what He prays passes through us, what we pray passes through Him.”

“Our faith in the intercession of Jesus must not only be that He prays in our stead, when we do not or cannot pray, as the Author of our life and our faith, He draws us on to pray in unison with Himself.”

[p. 147, 148]
02/08/15

“Nothing takes place without His intercession: it engages all His time and powers, is His unceasing occupation at the right hand of the Father.”

“We are partakers of His life, His righteousness, is work: we share with Him in His intercession too; it is not a work He does without us.”

“We do this because we are partakers of His life: ‘Christ is our life;’ ‘No longer I, but Christ liveth in me.’”

[p. 147]
02/07/15

“It was as Aaron He shed His blood; it is as Melchizedek that He now lives within the veil to continue His work, after the power of the eternal life.”

“As Melchizedek is more glorious than Aaron, so it is in the work of intercession that the atonement has its true power and glory.”

“His mediation on the throne is as real and indispensable as on the cross.”

[p. 146, 147]
02/06/15

“…so we, now we see Him as intercessor on the throne, know that He makes us participate with Himself in the life of prayer.”

“His entrance on the work of His eternal intercession would be the commencement and the power of their new prayer-life in His Name.”

“He ever liveth to make intercession. The work of Christ on earth as Priest was but a beginning.”

[p. 146]
02/05/15

“True prayer is the living experience of the truth of the Holy Trinity. The Spirit’s breathing, the Son’s intercession, the Father’s will, these three become one in us.”

TWENTY-SIXTH LESSON: “Christ the Intercessor”

“All growth in the spiritual life is connected with the clearer insight into what Jesus is to us.”

“The Christian life is no longer the vain struggle to live right, but the resting in Christ and finding strength in Him as our life, to fight the fight and gain the victory of faith.”

[p. 144, 145]
02/04/15

“Teach me specially in prayer to wait in holy silence, and give Him place to breathe within me His unutterable intercession.”

“And in drawing in our breath again, we inhale the fresh air of the promises, and the love, and the life of God in Christ. We do this through the Holy Spirit who is the breath of our life.”

“The Father breathes Him into us, to unite Himself with our life.”

[p. 143, 144]
02/03/15

“Again I have seen how the mystery of prayer is the mystery of the Holy Trinity.”

“I adore the Father who ever hears, and the Son who ever lives to pray, and the Holy Spirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son, to lift us up into the Fellowship of that ever-blessed, never-ceasing asking and receiving.”

“…it is the indwelling Spirit, streaming from Thee, uniting to Thee, who is the Spirit of prayer.”

[p. 143]
02/02/15

“It is when this Spirit is the Spirit no of our hours of prayer, but of our whole life and walk, when this Spirit glorifies Jesus in us by revealing the completeness of His work, and making us wholly one with Him and like Him, that we can pray in His Name, because we are in very deed one with Him.”

“It is living in the Name of Christ that is the secret of praying in the Name of Christ; living in the Spirit that fits for praying in the Spirit.”

“It is the Spirit dwelling within us that prays, not in words and thoughts always, but in a breathing and a being deeper than utterance.”

[p. 142, 143]
02/01/15

“And it is through the Holy Spirit descending from Christ to us that we are drawn up into the great stream of His ever-ascending prayers.”

“The Spirit prays for us without words; in the depths of a heart where even thoughts are at times formless, the Spirit takes us up into the wonderful flow of the life of the Three-One God.”

“This is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the glorified Jesus in His exaltation-power, coming on us as the Spirit of the indwelling Jesus, revealing the Son and the Father within.”

[p. 142]
01/31/15

“…it is His unceasing intercession which shows itself in their prayers, and gives them a power they ever had before.”

“Under the Old Testament He was invoked as the Spirit of God: at Pentecost He descended as the Spirit of the glorified Jesus, bringing down and communicating to us the full fruit and power of the accomplished redemption.”

“ It is in the intercession of Christ that the continued efficacy and application of His redemption is maintained.”

[p. 141, 142]
01/30/15

“And thus praying in Christ’s name is impossible without self-examination, without reflection, without self-denial; in short, without the aid of the Spirit.”

TWENTY-FIFTH LESSON: “The Holy Spirit and Prayer”

“And one of the marks of that wonderful spirit-dispensation was to be a power in prayer hitherto unknown—prayer in the name of Jesus, asking and obtaining whatsoever they would, is to be the manifestation of the reality of the Spirit’s indwelling.”

“…that thence He might in each member of His body carry out the deliverance and manifest the victory He had obtained.”

[p. 139, 140, 141]
01/30/15

“And thus praying in Christ’s name is impossible without self-examination, without reflection, without self-denial; in short, without the aid of the Spirit.”

TWENTY-FIFTH LESSON: “The Holy Spirit and Prayer”

“And one of the marks of that wonderful spirit-dispensation was to be a power in prayer hitherto unknown—prayer in the name of Jesus, asking and obtaining whatsoever they would, is to be the manifestation of the reality of the Spirit’s indwelling.”

“…that thence He might in each member of His body carry out the deliverance and manifest the victory He had obtained.”

[p. 139, 140, 141]
01/29/15

“…when it [the Name] is everything to me, it will obtain everything for me.”

“We did not understand that the word ‘in my Name’ is its own safeguard. It is a spiritual power which no one can use further than he obtains the capacity for, by his living and acting in that Name.”

“Let each disciple of Jesus seek to avail himself of the rights of his royal priesthood, and use the power placed at his disposal for his circle and his work.”

[p. 136, 137]
01/28/15

“The name and the power of asking go together; when the Name of Jesus has become the power that rules my life, its power in prayer with God will be seen too.”

“We see thus that everything depends on our own relation to the Name; the power it has on my life is the power it will have in my prayers.”

“It is not to the lips but to the life God looks to see what the Name is to us.”

[p. 136]
01/27/15

“And there is no one who gives himself really to live in the Name of Jesus, who does not receive in every-increasing measure the spiritual capacity to ask and receive in that Name what he will.”

“The bearing of the name of another supposes my having given up my own, and with it my own independent life; but then, as surely, my possession of all there is in the name I have take instead of my own.”

“Let the name of Jesus only have undivided supremacy in my heart and life my faith will grown to the assurance that what I ask in that Name cannot be refused.”

[p. 135-6]
01/26/15

“When I go in the name of another, I deny myself, I take not only his name, but himself and what he is instead of myself and what I am.”

“Our power in using that Name, whether with God, or men, or devils depends on the measure of our spiritual life-union.”

“When a bride whose life has been one of poverty, becomes united to the bridegroom, she gives up her own name, to be called by his, and has now the fill right to use it.”

[p. 134, 135]
01/25/15

“Here in His parting words, He repeats the word unceasingly in connection with those promises of unlimited meaning, ‘Whatsoever,’ ‘Anything,’ ‘What ye will,’ to teach them and us that His Name is our only, but also our all-sufficient plea.”

“The power of prayer and the answer depend on the right use of the Name.”

“And the Name of Christ is the expression of all He has done and all He is and lives to do as our Mediator.”

[p. 133]
01/24/15

“The one thing He commands us as His branches is to bear fruit. Let us live to bless others, to testify of the life and the love there is in Jesus.”

“It is the man who, in obedience to the Christ of God, is proving that he is doing what his Lord wills, for whom the Father will do whatsoever he will:”

“…obedience to God is our highest privilege, because it gives access to oneness with Himself in that which is His highest glory—His all perfect will.

[p. 131, 132]
01/23/15

“The baptism of the Spirit, the manifestation of the Son, the indwelling of the Father, the abiding in Christ’s love, the privilege of His holy friendship, and the power of all-prevailing prayer—all wait for the obedient.

“Our whole soul approves the law: obedience and fruit-bearing, the path to prevailing prayer.”

“Every moment and every movement I must act as His property, as a part of Himself, as one who only seeks to know and do His will.”

[p. 130, 131]
01/22/15

“It is the man who is entirely consecrated to God and His will who will find the power come to claim everything that His God has promised to be for him.”

“And He wanted us in faith, without asking whether we felt weak or strong, whether the work was hard or easy, in the obedience of faith to do what He said: the path of fruit-bearing would have led us to the place and the power of prevailing prayer.”

“Obedience is the only path that leads to the glory of God.”

[p. 130]
01/21/15

“…in our relationship to the Infinite Being whom we call God who has created and redeemed us, the first sentiment that ought to animate us is that of subjection; the surrender to His supremacy, His glory, His will, His pleasure, ought to be the first and uppermost thought of our life.”

“Surrender to His perfect and blessed will, a life of service and obedience, is the beauty and the charm of heaven.”

“Could words put it more clearly that obedience is the way to the indwelling of the Spirit, to His revealing the Son within us, and to His again preparing us to be the abode, the home of the Father?”

[p. 129]
01/20/15

“I did not understand that the secret of faith is this: there can be only so much faith as there is of the Living Word dwelling in the soul.”

“Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak; let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before God.”

TWENTY-THIRD LESSON: “Obedience the Path to Power in Prayer”

“Entire consecration to the fulfillment of our calling is the condition of effectual prayer, is the key to the unlimited blessings of Christ’s wonderful prayer-promises.”

[p. 126, 128]
01/19/15

“Disciples of Christ! is it not becoming more and more clear to us that while we have been excusing our unanswered prayers, our impotence in prayer, with a fancied submission to God’s wisdom and will, the real reason has been that our own feeble life has been the cause of our feeble prayers.”

“It is the word of Christ, love, lived in, abiding in us, becoming through obedience and action part of our being that makes us one with Christ, that fits us spiritually for touching, for taking hold of God.”

“I was more occupied with my speaking to Thee than Thy speaking to me.”

[p. 125,126]
01/18/15

“It is as the words of Christ enter our very heart, become our life and influence it, that our words will enter His heart and influence Him.”

“What God spoke they [Old Testament saints] heard and did; what they spoke God heard and did.”

“He [God] is not afraid to give the promise, ‘If my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, it shall be done unto you.’”

[p. 124, 125]
01/17/15

“It is only in the full presence of God that disobedience and unbelief become impossible.”

“We must have the words [of God] in us, taken up into our will and life, reproduced in our disposition and conduct.”

“We must have them abiding in us; our whole life one continued exposition of the words that are within, and filling us; the words revealing Christ within, and our life revealing Him without.”

[p. 124]
01/16/15

“This hearing the voice of God is something more than the thoughtful study of the Word.”

“But there is also a reading of the Word, in the very presence of thy Father, and under the leading of the Spirit, in which the Word comes to us in living power from God Himself;…”

“And even so it is not the knowledge of what God has promised, but the presence of God Himself as the Promiser, that awaken faith and trust in prayer.”

[p. 124]
01/15/15

“And so all Christ’s words are God’s words, full of a Divine quickening life and power.”

“But to pray in the Spirit, to speak words that reach and touch God, that affect and influence the powers of the unseen world—such praying, such speaking depends entirely upon our hearing God’s voice.”

“Just as far as we listen to the voice and language that God speaks, and in the words of God receive His thoughts, His mind, His life, into our heart, we shall learn to speak in the voice and the language that God hears.”

[p. 123, 124]
01/14/15

TWENTY-SECOND LESSON: “The Word and Prayer”

“Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine.”

“His abiding in us was the complement and the crown of our abiding in Him.”

“…when God speaks forth Himself in His words, He does indeed give HIMSELF, His Love and His Life, His Will and His Power, to those who receive these words.”

[p. 121, 122-3]
01/13/15

“…when prayer is what it should be, or rather when we are what we should be, abiding in Christ, the answer must be expected.”

“It will urge us mightily to rise to a life in the full union with Christ, and in the fullness of the Spirit, as the secret of effectual prayer.”

“Prayer that is really, spiritually, in union with Jesus, always answered.”

[p. 121]
01/12/15

“It is not the effort of faith, seeking to cling to Thee, nor even the rest of faith, trusting Thee to keep me; it is not the obedience of the will, nor the keeping the commandments; but it is Thyself living in me as in the Father, that alone can satisfy me.”

“Lord! let my will, dead in Thy death, living in Thy live, be bold and large in its petitions.”

“Prayer is very blessed; the answer is more blessed still, as the response from the Father that our payer, our faith, our will are indeed as He would wish them to be.”

[p. 119-120, 121]
01/11/15

“Let us yield to the teaching of the Holy Spirit, to show each of us, according to his growth and measure, what the will of God is which we may claim in prayer.”

“And let us rest content with nothing less than the personal experience of what Jesus gave when He said, ‘If ye abide in me, ask whatsoever ye will, it shall be done unto you.’”

“Give Thou me to grow up into all Thy fullness.”

[p. 119]
01/10/15

“Beloved fellow-believer! let us confess that it is because we do not abide in Christ as He would have us, that the Church is so impotent in presence of the infidelity and worldliness and heathendom, in the midst of which the Lord is able to make her more than conqueror.”

“But let us not be discouraged. The abiding of the branch in the Vine is a life of never-ceasing growth. The abiding, as the Master meant it, is within our reach, for He lives to give it us.”

“Let us not be so much occupied with the abiding as with Him to whom the abiding links us, and His fullness.”

[p. 119]
01/09/15

“…so abiding in Him that the soul has come away from self to find that He has taken the place and become our life.”

“To those who thus abide, the promise comes as their rightful heritage: Ask whatsoever ye will.”

“Not only has their will been given up; Christ has entered it, and dwells and breathes in it by His Spirit.”

[p. 118]
01/08/15

“He sees now he has been more occupied with the privilege and the blessings of this abiding than with its duties and its fruit.”

“…in this stage, his chief effort is to get his will united with the will of his Lord and the heart and the life brought entirely under His rule.”

“…so we are in Christ and Christ in us, in union not only of will and love, but of life and nature too.”

[p. 117, 118]
01/07/15

“Who can number up the countless prayers that rise and bring no answer? The cause must be either that we do not fulfill the condition, or God does not fulfill the promise.”

“…confess that the failure in the fulfilling the condition is the one sufficient explanation of unanswered prayer.”

“As the union of the branch with the vine is one of growth, never-ceasing growth and increase, so our abiding in Christ is a life process in which the Divine life takes ever fuller and more complete possession of us.”

[p. 116]
01/06/15

TWENTY-FIRST LESSON: “The All-inclusive Condition”

“In all God’s intercourse with us, the promise and its conditions are inseparable. If we fulfill the conditions, He fulfills the promise.”

“What He is to be to us depends upon what we are willing to be to Him”

“And so in prayer the undivided promise, Ask whatsoever ye will, has its one simple and natural condition, if ye abide in me.”

[p. 115]
01/05/15

“A new longing begins to fill my soul, that every day, every hour, that in every prayer the glory of the Father may be everything to me.”

“…accept the desire of a child who has seen that Thy glory is indeed alone worth living for.”

“O Lord! show me Thy glory. Let it overshadow me. Let it fill the temple of my heart. Let me dwell in it as revealed in Christ.”

[p. 114, 115]
01/04/15

“Let nothing less than these—the desire, the decision to live only for the glory of the Father, even as Christ did:…let this be the spirit of our daily life.”

“…our desires will be no longer ours but His; their chief end the glory of God.”

“…because we have seen that prayer has no higher beauty or blessedness than this, that it glorifies the Father.”

[p. 113, 114]
01/03/15

“How little has the glory of God been an all-absorbing passion; how little our lives and our prayers have been full of it.”

“It is by dying, being dead to self and living to God, that we can glorify Him.”

“And this—this death to self, this life to the glory of God—is what Jesus gives and lives in each one who can trust Him for it.”

[p. 113]
01/02/15

“What a humbling thought that so often there is earnest prayer for a child or a friend, for a work or a circle, in which the thought of our joy or our pleasure was far stronger than any yearnings for God’s glory.”

“All seeking of our own glory with men makes faith impossible: it is the deep, intense self-sacrifice that gives up its own glory, and seeks the glory of God alone, that waken in the soul that spiritual susceptibility of the Divine, which is faith.”

“He that seeks God’s glory will see it in the answer to his prayers, and he alone.”

[p. 112-113]
01/01/15

“And just as we become one with Christ in this, and as our prayer is part of a life utterly surrendered to God’s glory, will the Savior be able to glorify the Father to us by the fulfillment of the promise: ‘Whatsoever ye shall ask, I will do it.’”

“It is Jesus Himself coming in, who can cast out all self-glorifying, and give us instead His own God-glorifying life and Spirit.”

“Let our faith learn in adoring worship to bow before Him to ascribe to Him alone the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, to yield ourselves to dwell in His light as the ever-blessed, ever-loving One.”

[p. 112]
12/31/14

“...have we not to acknowledge that the distinct, conscious longing for the glory of the Father is not what animates our prayers?”

“It is only when the whole life, in all its parts, is given up to God’s glory, that we can really pray to His glory too.”

“What the Son of Man did, to give Himself wholly, His whole life, to glorify the Father, is nothing but the simple duty of every redeemed one.”

[p. 111]
12/30/14

“What He asks is only to enable Him to glorify the Father more. It is as we enter into sympathy with Jesus on this point, and gratify Him by making the Father’s glory our chief object in prayer too, that our prayer cannot fail of an answer.”

“Let us make His aim ours: let the glory of the Father be the link between our asking and His doing: such prayer must prevail.”

“Or are not, in large measure, self-interest and self-will the strongest motives urging us to pray?’

[p. 110-111]
12/29/14

TWENTIETH: “The Chief End of Prayer”

“That the Father may be glorified in the Son: it is to this end that Jesus on His throne in glory will do all we ask in His Name.”

“Every answer to prayer He gives will have this [that the Father may be glorified] as its object: when there is no prospect of this object being obtained, He will not answer.”

“It follows as a matter of course that this must be with us, as with Jesus, the essential element in our petitions: the glory of the Father must be the aim and end, the very soul and life of our prayer.”

[p. 110]
12/28/14

“May my whole life just be one of continued believing in Thee.”

“So purify and sanctify my heart, make it so tenderly susceptible of Thyself and Thy love, that believing on Thee may be the very life it breathes.”

“Lord! teach me to pray so that I may prove that Thy Name is indeed all-prevailing with God and men and devils.”

[p. 109]
12/27/14

“Let us with the small measure of grace already received, give ourselves to the Master for His work; work will be to us a real school of prayer.”

“Give yourself, and live, to do the works of Christ and you will learn to pray so as to obtain wonderful answers to prayer.”

“Give yourself, and live, to pray, and you will learn to do the works He did, and greater works.”

[p. 108, 109]
12/26/14

“Prayer in the Name of Jesus is the way to share in the mighty power which Jesus has received of the Father for His people, and it is in this power alone that he that believeth can do the greater works.”

“It is the disciple who gives himself wholly to live for Jesus’ work and kingdom, for His will and honour, to whom the power will come to appropriate the promise.”

“But to him who seeks to pray the effectual prayer of faith, because he needs it for the work of the Master, to him it will be given to learn it;…”

[p. 107, 108]
12/25/14

“He who would work must pray: it is in prayer that the power for work is obtained.”

“…with His ascension He was to receive the power to communicate the Holy Spirit so fully to His own; the union, the oneness between Himself on the throne and them on earth, was to be so intensely and divinely perfect, that He meant it as the literal truth: ‘Greater works than these shall he do, because I go to the Father.’”

“For the doing of the greater works, two things were needed: His going to the Father to receive all power, our prayer in His Name to receive all power from Him again.”

[p. 106, 107]
12/24/14

“Alas! that even Thy people, when their eyes are opened, are so little ready to accept their calling and to seek to have power with God, that they may have power with men too to bless them.”

NINETEENTH LESSON: “Power for Praying and Working”

“As His body here on earth, as those who are one with Him in heaven, they are now to do greater works than He had done; their success and their victories are to be greater than His.”

“He that would do the works of Jesus must pray in His Name. He that would pray in His Name must work in His Name.”

[p. 104, 106]
12/23/14

“Man was created, and has now again been redeemed to pray, and by his prayer to have dominion.”

“A human priesthood is one of the essential parts of His eternal plan.”

“Lord God! how low has sin made man to sink. And how terribly has it darkened his mind, that he does not even know his Divine destiny, to be Thy servant and representative.”

[p. 103, 104]
12/22/14

“Church of the living God! thy calling is higher and holier than thou knowest. Through thy members, as kings and priests unto God, would God rule the world; their prayers bestow and withhold the blessings of heaven.”

“It is in very deed God’s purpose that the fulfillment of His eternal purpose, and the coming of His kingdom, should depend on those of His people who, abiding in Christ are ready to take up their position in Him their Head, the great Priest-King, and in their prayers are bold enough to say what they will that their God should do.”

“As image-bearer and representative of God on earth, redeemed man has by his prayers to determine the history of this earth.”

[p. 103, 104]
12/21/14

“We do not once find Abraham praying for himself. His prayer for Sodom and Lot, for Abimelech, for Ishmael, prove what power a man, who is God’s friend, has to make the history of those around him.”

“Prayer is not merely the cry of the suppliant for mercy, it is the highest forth-putting of his will by man, knowing himself to be of Divine origin, created for and capable of being, in king-like liberty, the executor of the counsels of the Eternal.”

“It is for those who abide in Him, who have forsaken self to take up their abode in Him with His life of obedience and self-sacrifice, who have lost their life and found it in Him, who are now entirely given up to the interests of the Father and His kingdom.”

[p. 101, 102]
12/20/14

“…man was meant, as God’s representative, to hold rule here on earth. As God’s viceroy he was to fill God’s place: himself subject to God, he was to keep all else in subjection to Him.”

“When an earthly sovereign sends a viceroy to a distant province, it is understood that he advises as to the policy to be adopted, and that that advice is acted on: that he is at liberty to apply for troops and the other means needed for carrying out the policy or maintaining the dignity of the empire. If his policy be not approved of, he is recalled to make way for some one who better understands his sovereign’s desires;….”

“…what power the prayer of God’s faithful servant has to decide the destinies of those who come into contact with him.”

[p. 101]
12/19/14

“I thank Thee that as Father Thou canst hear our prayer, because Thou hast from eternity given a place in Thy counsels to the asking of Thy Son.”

“…a way has been opened up by which every human cry of need can be taken up into and touch the Life and the Love of God, and receive in answer whatsoever it shall ask.”

EIGHTEENTH LESSON: “Prayer in Harmony with the Destiny of Man”

“Bearing God’s image, he [man/woman] belongs to God: prayer to God is what he was created for.”

[p. 98, 100]
12/18/14

“God’s decrees are no iron framework against which man’s liberty would vainly seek to struggle.”

“…the living manifestation of the way in which it were possible for man to be taken up into the fellowship of God, and his prayer to become a real factor in God’s rule of this earth.”

“’THROUGH HIM we have access BY ONE SPIRIT UNTO THE FATHER.’”

[p. 97, 98]
12/17/14

“In reality, the immutability of God’s counsel is ever still in perfect harmony with His liberty to do whatsoever He will.”

“…the Father-heart holds itself open and free to listen to every prayer that rises through the Son, and that God does indeed allow Himself to be decided by prayer to do what He otherwise would not have done.”

“…the power of prayer has its origin and certainty, and that through our union with the Son, our prayer is taken up and can have its influence in the inner life of the Blessed Trinity.”

[p. 97]
12/16/14

“The decrees of God are not decisions made by Him without reference to the Son, or His petition, or the petition to be sent up through Him.”

“In the counsels of the Father, the Son, as Representative of all creation, had always a voice; in the decrees of the eternal purpose there was always room left for the liberty of the son as Mediator and Intercessor, and so for the petitions of all who draw night to the Father in the Son.”

“God does not live in time with its past and future; the distinctions of time have no reference to Him who inhabits Eternity. And Eternity is an ever-present Now, in which the past is never past, and the future always present.”

[p. 96, 97]
12/15/14

“When eternal Love begat the Son, and the Father gave the Son as the Second Person a place next Himself as His Equal and His Counsellor, there was a way opened for prayer and its influence in the very inmost life of Deity itself.”

“And so there was in the very Being and Life of God an asking of which prayer on earth was to be the reflection and the outflow.”

“Just as the sonship of Jesus on earth may not be separated from His Sonship in heaven, even so with His prayer on earth, it is the continuation and the counterpart of His asking in heaven.”

[p. 96]
12/14/14

SEVENTEENTH LESSON: “Prayer in Harmony with the Being of God”

“But it is the will of God that we should love and serve Him, not only with all the heart but also with all the mind; that we should grow up into an insight into the Divine wisdom and beauty of all His ways and words and works."

“The more earnestly and reverently we approach such mysteries, the more shall we in adoring wonder fall down to praise Him who hath in prayer given such power to man.”

“If God was only one Person, shut up within Himself, there could be no thought of nearness to Him or influence on Him.”

[p. 94, 95]
12/13/14

“Lord! we understand the season in nature, and know to wait with patience for the fruit we long for…”

“Lord, do teach me how real the labour of prayer is.”

“One of the mysteries of the Divine life is the harmony between the gradual and the sudden, immediate full possession, and slow imperfect appropriation.”

[p. 91, 92]
12/12/14

“Let no delay shake our faith.”

“Each believing prayer brings a step nearer the final victory.”

“There is nothing so heart-searching as the prayer of faith. • It teaches you to discover and confess, and give up everything that hinders the coming of the blessing; everything there may be not in accordance with the Father’s will. • It leads to closer fellowship with Him who alone can teach to pray, to a more entire surrender to draw nigh under no covering but that of the blood, and the Spirit. • It calls to a closer and more simple abiding in Christ alone.”

[p. 90, 91]
12/11/14

“And so we see combined what at first sight appears so contradictory; the faith that rejoices in the answer of the unseen God as a present possession, with the patience that cries day and night until it be revealed.”

“Our great danger in this school of the answer delayed is the temptation to think that, after all, it may not be God’s will to give us what we ask. If our prayer be according to God’s word, and under the leading of the Spirit, let us not give way to these fears.”

“Let us learn to give God time.”

[p. 89-90]
12/10/14

“But there is a difference between the faith that thus holds the word and knows that it has the answer, and the clearer, fuller, riper faith that obtains the promise as a present experience.”

“It is in persevering, not unbelieving, but confident and praising prayer, that the soul grows up into that full union with its Lord in which it can enter upon the possession of the blessing in Him.”

“There may be in these around us, there may be in that great system of being of which we are part, there may be in God’s government, things that have to be put right through our prayer, ere the answer can fully come…”

[p. 89]
12/09/14

"The husbandman does indeed long for his harvest, but knows that it must have its full time of sunshine and rain, and has long patience."

"A child so often wants pick the half-ripe fruit; the husbandman knows to wait till the proper time."

"As a father who longs to have his only child home from school, and yet waits patiently till the time of training is completed, so it is with God and His children: He is the long-suffering One, and answers speedily."

[p. 88, 89]
12/08/14

"To enable us, when the answer to our prayer does not come at once, to combine quiet patience and joyful confidence in our persevering prayer, we must specially try to understand the two words in which our Lord sets forth the character and conduct, not of the unjust judge, but of our God and Father, toward those whom He allows to cry day and night to Him: 'He is long suffering over them; He will avenge them speedily.'"

"The blessing is all prepared; He is not only willing but most anxious to give them what they ask; everlasting love burns with the longing desire to reveal itself fully to its beloved, and to satisfy their needs."

"God will not delay one moment longer than is absolutely necessary; He will do all in His power to hasten and speed the answer."

[p. 88]
12/07/14

SIXTEENTH LESSON: "The Power of Persevering Prayer"

"That the Lord, who is so loving and longing to bless, should have to be supplicated time after time, sometimes year after year, before the answer comes, we cannot easily understand."

"...it is often easiest for our slothful flesh, and it has all the appearance of pious submission to think that we must now cease praying, because God may have His secret reason for withholding His answer to our request."

"...there must often be a heaping up of prayer, until God sees that the measure is full, and the answer comes."

[p. 87, 88]
12/06/14

"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."

"They do not remember that Jesus has, by His promise, consecrated every assembly in His Name to be a gate of heaven, where His Presence is to be felt, and His Power experienced in the Father fulfilling their desires."

"Grant especially, Blessed Lord, that Thy Church may believe that it is by the power of united prayer that she can bind and loose in heaven; that Satan can be cast out; that souls can be saved; that mountains can be removed; that the kingdom can be hastened."

[p. 85, 86]
12/05/14

"It is the living presence of Jesus, in the fellowship of His loving praying disciples, that gives united prayer its power."

"In the unity of faith and of love and of the Spirit, the power of the Name and the Presence of Jesus acts more freely and the answer comes more surely."

"Who can say what power a Church could develop and exercise, if it gave itself to the work of prayer day and night for the coming of the kingdom, for God's power on His servants and His word, for the glorifying of God in the salvation of souls?"

[p. 83, 84, 85]
12/04/14

FIFTEENTH LESSON: "The Power of United Prayer"

"You have need not only of secret solitary, but also of public united prayer."

"Nothing would be more unnatural than that the children of a family should always meet their father separately, but never in the united expression of their desires or their love."

"Christians cannot reach the full blessing God is ready to bestow through His Spirit, but as they seek and receive it in fellowship with each other."

[p. 82, 83]
12/03/14

"It is he who gives himself to let the love of God dwell in him, and in the practice of daily life to love as God loves, who will have the power to believe in the Love that hears his every prayers."

"O my God! let Thy love, shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit, be in me a fountain of love to all around me, that out of a life in love may spring the power of believing prayer."

"Show me whatever in my intercourse with fellowmen might hinder my fellowship with God, so that my daily life in my own home and in society may be the school in which strength and confidence are gathered for the prayer of faith."

[p. 80, 81]
12/02/14

"The right relations to the living God above me, and the living men around me, are the conditions of effectual prayer."

"To look on each wretched one, however, unlovable he be, in the light of the tender love of Jesus the Shepherd seeking the lost; to see Jesus Christ in him, and to take him up, for Jesus' sake, in a heart that really loves--this is the secret of believing prayer and successful effort."

"Jesus, in speaking of forgiveness, speaks of love as its root."

[p. 80]
12/01/14

"Not the feeling I call up, but the tone of my life during the day, is God's criterion of what I really am and desire."

"And that not only when there is the distinct consciousness of anything wrong between my neighbour and myself; but the ordinary current of my thinking and judging, the unloving thoughts and words I allow to pass unnoticed, can hinder my prayer."

"The effectual prayer of faith comes out from a life given up to the will and the love of God. Not according to what I try to be when praying, but what I am when not praying, is my prayer dealt with by God."

[p. 79]
11/30/14

"Our forgiving love to men is the evidence of the reality of God's forgiving love in us, and so the condition of the prayer of faith."

"...our daily life in the world is made the test of our intercourse with God in prayer."

"Life is a whole, and the pious frame of the hour of prayer is judged of by God from the ordinary frame of the daily life of which the hour of prayer is but a small part."

[p. 79]
11/29/14

"...nothing gives such liberty of access and such power in believing as the consciousness that we have given ourselves in love and compassion, for those whom God loves."

"God's full and free forgiveness is to be the rule of ours with men. Otherwise our reluctant, half-hearted forgiveness, which is not forgiveness at all, will be God's rule with us."

"Pardon opens the door to all God's love and blessing: because God has pardoned all our sin, our prayer can prevail to obtain all we need."

[p. 78]
11/28/14

"...it [fasting] strengthens the intensity and power of the prayer, and becomes the unceasing practical expression of a prayer without words."

FOURTEENTH LESSON: “Prayer and Love”

"Love to God and love to our neighbour are inseparable: the prayer from a heart, that is either not right with God on the one side, or with men on the other."

"...disobedience to the law of love to men was the great sin even of praying people, and the great cause of the feebleness of their prayer."

[p. 76, 77, 78]
11/27/14

"When Jesus spoke the words, 'According to your faith be it unto you,' He announced the law of the kingdom, which tells us that all have not equal degrees of faith, that the same person has not always the same degree, and that the measure of faith must always determine the measure of power and of blessing."

"It is in the adoring worship of God, the waiting on Him and for Him, the deep silence of soul that yields itself for God to reveal Himself, that the capacity for knowing and trusting God will be developed."

"...men of strong faith are men of much prayer."

[p. 73]
11/26/14

"This faith depends entirely upon the state of the spiritual life; only when this is strong and in full health, when the Spirit of God has full sway in our life, is there the power of faith to do its mighty deeds."

"The faith that can overcome such stubborn resistance...is not possible except to men living in very close fellowship with God, and in very separation from the world--in prayer and fasting."

"And so He teaches us two lessons in regard to prayer of deep importance. The one, that faith needs a life of prayer in which to grow and keep strong. The other, that prayer needs fasting for its full and perfect development."

[p. 72]
11/25/14

THIRTEENTH LESSON: "The Cure of Unbelief"

"...in the spiritual world failure has but one cause, the want of faith."

"Had they been full of faith in Him as Lord and Conqueror in the spirit-world, had they been full of faith in Him as having given them authority to cast out in His name, this faith would have given them the victory."

"As faith is the simplest, so it is the highest exercise of the spiritual life, where our spirit yields itself in perfect receptivity to God's Spirit, and so is strengthened to its highest activity."

[p. 71-72]
11/24/14

"We seek God's gifts: God wants to give us HIMSELF first."

"Therefore, child of God, take time, take time, to bow before Him, to wait on Him to reveal Himself."

"Take time, and let thy soul in holy awe and worship exercise and express its faith in the Infinite One, and as He imparts Himself and takes possession of thee, the prayer of faith will crown thy faith in God."

[p. 69, 70]
11/23/14

"It was the revelation of God Himself that gave the promise its living power to enter the heart and work the faith."

It is the man who walks before the Lord, and falls upon his face to listen while the living God speaks to him, who will really receive the promise."

"In such worship of faith in God the power will speedily come to believe the promise too: 'ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER YE ASK, BELIEVE THAT YE RECEIVE.'"

[p. 69]
11/22/14

"When they do not succeed, they are ready to give up hope; the promise is true, but it is beyond their power to take hold of it in faith."

"Learn to believe in God, to take hold of God, to let God take possession of thy life, and it will be easy to take hold of the promise."

"Just note how distinctly this comes out in the saints of old. Every special exhibition of the power of faith was the fruit of a special revelation of God."

[p. 68, 69]
11/21/14

"An ear opened toward God, that is, a believing heart waiting on Him, to hear what he says, will hear Him speak."

"And it is when we enter into this living fellowship with God Himself, in a faith that always sees and hears Him, that it becomes easy and natural to believe His promise as to prayer."

"Surely for one who knows his Father well, and lives in constant close intercourse with Him, it is a simple thing to believe the promise that He will do the will of His child who lives in union with Himself."

[p. 67, 68]
11/20/14

TWELFTH LESSON: "The Secret of Believing Prayer"

"HAVE FAITH IN GOD:...The power to believe a promise depends entirely, but only, on faith in the promiser.

"The value of the promise depends on the promiser: it is on my knowledge of what the promiser is that faith in the promise depends."

"This [the living voice of the Spirit] the child of God needs to lead and guide him; the secret voice from heaven must teach him, as it taught Jesus, what to say and what to do."

[p. 66, 67]
11/19/14

"Faith says most confidently, I have received it."

"Patience perseveres in prayer until the gift bestowed in heaven is seen on earth."

"'Believe that ye have received, and ye shall have.' Between the have received in heaven, and the shall have of earth, believe: believing praise and prayer are the link."

[p. 64]
11/18/14

"He that waits to pray, or loses heart in prayer, because he does not yet feel the faith needed to get the answer, will never learn to believe."

"When, whether in the greater interests of the Master's work, or in the lesser concerns of our daily life, the soul is led to see how there is nothing that so honours the Father as the faith that is assured that He will do what He has said in giving us whatsoever we ask for, and takes its stand on the promise as brought home by the Spirit, it may know most certainly that it does receive exactly what it asks."

"It may only be later that you shall have it in personal experience, that you shall see what you believe; but now, without seeing, you are to believe that it has been given you of the Father in heaven."

[p. 62, 63]
11/17/14

"It is in prayer that we hold up our desire to the light of God's Holy Will, that our motives are tested, and proof given whether we ask indeed in the name of Jesus, and only for the glory of God."

"It is in prayer that we wait for the leading of the Spirit to show us whether are asking the right thing and in the right spirit."

"It is in prayer that Jesus teaches and inspires faith."

[p. 62]
11/16/14

"He wants His oft repeated 'ALL THINGS' to enter into our hearts, and reveal to us how mighty the power of faith is, how truly the Head calls the members to share with Him in His power, how wholly our Father places His power at the disposal of the child that wholly trusts Him."

"Ere we can believe we must find out and know what God's will is;...but when once we do believe nothing shall be impossible."

"It is in the personal presence of the Saviour, in intercourse with Him, that faith rises to grasp what at first appeared too high.

[p. 61, 62]
11/15/14

ELEVENTH LESSON: "The Faith that Takes"

"If we only see to it that we do the one thing that He asks of us as we pray: BELIEVE that ye have received: He will see to it that He does the thing He has promised: 'Ye shall have them.'

"...the joyful adoration of a God whose hand always secures the fulfillment of what His mouth hath spoken."

"Faith is so wholly the work of God's Spirit through His word in the prepared heart of the believing disciple, that it is impossible that the fulfilment (sic) should not come; faith is the pledge and forerunner of the coming answer."

[p. 61]
11/14/14

"The will is the highest power in the soul;"

"It is often spiritual sloth that, under the appearance of humility, professes to have no will, because it fears the trouble of searching out the will of God, or, when found, the struggle of claiming it in faith."

"'Lord! I do most unreservedly yield my will to Thee, as the power through which Thy Spirit is to rule my whole being."

[p. 59, 60]
11/13/14

"Alas! how many prayers are wishes, sent up for a short time and then forgotten, or sent up year after year as a matter of duty, while we rest content with the prayer without the answer."

"Faith is nothing but the purpose of the will resting on God's word, and saying: I must have it. To believe truly is to will firmly."

"But, when once the believer has accepted the will of God, as revealed through the Word and Spirit, as his will, too, then it is the will of God that His child should use this renewed will in His service."

[p. 58, 59]
11/12/14

"Still others pray for God's blessing on those around them, for the outpouring of God's Spirit on their land or the world, and yet have no special field where they wait and expect to see the answer."

"As long as in prayer we just pour out our hearts in a multitude of petitions, without taking time to see whether every petition is sent with the purpose and expectation of getting an answer, not many will reach the mark."

"Many a one wishes to be saved, but perishes because he does not will it. The will rules the whole heart and life; if I really will to have anything that is within my reach, I do not rest till I have it."

[p. 57, 58]
11/11/14

TENTH LESSON: “Prayer Must Be Definite”

"He [Jesus] wants to hear from his [the blind man] own lips, not only the general petition for mercy but the distinct expression of what his desire was."

"Our prayers must not be a vague appeal to His mercy, an indefinite cry for blessing, but the distinct expression of definite need."

"Such definite prayer teaches us to know our own needs better. It demands time, and thought, and self-scrutiny to find out what really is our greatest need."

[p. 56]
11/10/14

"It must be our prayer that the Lord would so fill all His people with the spirit of devotion, that not one may be found standing idle in the vineyard."

"It will make us partakers in the soul travail, but also in the soul satisfaction of Jesus, as we know how, in answer to our prayer, blessing has been given that otherwise would not have come."

"And let all our hearts in this, as in every petition, be filled with the assurance that prayer, offered in loving faith in the living God, will bring certain and abundant answer."

[p. 54, 55]
11/09/14

"We believe too little in the power of prayer to bring about definite results."

"We do not live close enough to God, and are not enough entirely given up to His service and Kingdom, to be capable of the confidence that He will give it in answer to our prayer."

"It is a terrible blot upon the Church of Christ that there are times when actually men cannot be found for the service of the Master as minister, missionaries, or teachers of God's Word."

[p. 53, 54]
11/08/14

"How little Christians really feel and mourn the need of labourers in the fields of the world so white to the harvest."

"But how little the burden of the sheep wandering without a Shepherd is really borne in the faith that the Lord of the harvest will, in answer to prayer, send forth the labourers, and in the solemn conviction that without this prayer fields ready for reaping will be left to perish."

"When believers learn that to love their neighbours as themselves, that to live entirely for God's glory in their fellow-men, is the Father's first commandment to His redeemed ones, they will accept of the perishing ones as the charge entrusted to them by their Lord."

[p. 53]
11/07/14

"He knew that when this work should be given in charge to them, it would not be a mere matter of form or show, but that on them, and their being faithful or unfaithful, the success of the work would actually depend."

"He sees around Him, and He longs for help to have them properly cared for."

"And so He tells His disciples now to begin and pray, and, when they have taken over the work from Him on earth to make this one of the chief petitions in their prayer: That the Lord of the harvest Himself would send forth labourers into His harvest."

[p. 52, 53]
11/06/14

"Prayer is no form or show."

"The Lord Jesus was Himself the truth: everything He spake was the deepest truth."

"It was when 'He saw the multitude, and was moved with compassion on them, because they were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd,' that He called on the disciples to pray for labourers to be sent amoung them. He did so because He really believed that their prayer was needed, and would help [sic]."

[p. 52]
11/05/14

"And may it now be the joy of my life to become the almoner of my Rich Friend in heaven, to care for all the hungry and perishing, even at midnight, because I know MY FRIEND, who always gives to him who perseveres, because of his importunity, as many as he needeth."

NINTH LESSON: "Prayer Provides Labourers"

The Lord frequently taught His disciples that they must pray, and how; but seldom what to pray. This He left to their sense of need, and the leading of the Spirit."

"...prayer is indeed a power, on which the ingathering of the harvest and the coming of the Kingdom do in very truth depend."

[p. 51, 52]
11/04/14

"Let each child of God who is seeking to work the work of love in his Father's service take courage."

"If the unfriendliness of a selfish earthly friend can be conquered by importunity, how much more will it avail with the heavenly Friend, who does so love to give, but is held back by our spiritual unfitness, our incapacity to possess what He has to give."

"O let us thank Him that in delaying His answer He is educating us up to our true position and the exercise of all our power with Him, training us to live with Him in the fellowship of undoubting faith and trust, to be indeed the friends of God."

[p. 49-50]
11/03/14

"It is to Him a matter of such deep importance that His friends on earth should know and fully trust their rich Friend in heaven, that He trains them in the school of answer delayed, to find out how their perseverance really does prevail, and what the mighty power is they can wield in heaven, if they do but set themselves to it."

"It is when the answer to prayer does not come, and the promise we are most firmly trusting appears to be of none effect, that the trial of faith, more precious than of gold, takes place."

"It is in this trial that the faith that has embraced the promise is purified and strengthened and prepared in personal, holy fellowship with the living God, to see the glory of God."

[p. 49]
11/02/14

"It is when we give ourselves to be a blessing that we can specially count on the blessing of God."

"It is when we draw near to God as the friends of the poor and the perishing that we may count on His friendliness; the righteous man who is the friend of the poor is very specially the friend of God."

"There our friendship with men and with God is tested. There it is seen whether my friendship with the need is so real, that I will take time and sacrifice my rest, will go even at midnight and not cease until I have obtained for them what I need."

[p. 47-48, 49]
11/01/14

EIGHTH LESSON: "The Boldness of God's Friends"

"God does not only want us to pray for ourselves, but for the perishing around us, and that in such intercession great boldness of entreaty is often needful, and always lawful, yea, pleasing to God."

"...if we are God's friends, and come as such to Him, we must prove ourselves the friends of the needy;..."

"We see it in Scripture, how it was in intercession for others that Abraham and Moses, Samuel and Elijah, with all the holy men of old, proved that they had power with God and prevailed."

[p. 47]
10/31/14

"Let us, with thanksgiving that we have been heard, with thanksgiving for what we have received and taken and now hold as ours, continue stedfast (sic) in believing prayer that the blessing, which has already been given us, and which we hold in faith, may break through and fill our whole being."

"... if there is one thing on earth we can be sure of, it is this, that the Father desires to have us filled with His Spirit, that He delights to give us His Spirit.

"He that has once learned to know the Father in prayer for himself, learns to pray most confidently for others too."

[p. 45]
10/30/14

"Surely the child of God needs but one thing to be able really to live as a child: it is, to be filled with this Spirit."

"As God's children, we have already received the Spirit. But we still need to ask and pray for His special gifts and operations as we require them."

"...nothing less than God's promise and God's command may be the measure of our expectation and our prayer; we must be filled abundantly."

[p. 44]
10/29/14

"For every need of the spiritual life this is the one thing needful, the Holy Spirit."

"If we but yield ourselves entirely to the disposal of the Spirit, and let Him have His way with us,He will manifest the life of Christ within us."

"Surely, if there is one prayer that should draw us to the Father's throne and keep us there, it is this: for the Holy Spirit, whom we as children have received, to stream into us and out from us in greater fulness [sic]."

[p. 43]
10/28/14

SEVENTH LESSON: "The All-Comprehensive Gift"

"The Holy Spirit is the first of the Father's gifts, and the one He delights most to bestow."

"The best gift a good and wise father can bestow on a child on earth is his own spirit. This is the great object of a father in education--to reproduce in his child his own disposition and character."

"...if he [a child] is to have his highest joy in the father, and the father in him--he must be of one mind and spirit with him."

[p. 42]
10/27/14

"'His love lies at the back of everything, and we must get upon that as the solid foundation of our religious life, not growing up into that, but growing up out of it.'" [quoting Guy Pearse]

"'It means that I am bound to God by the closest and tenderest relationship; that I have a right to His love and His power and His blessing, such as nothing else could give me.'" [quoting Guy Pearse]

"'The master judges by the result, but our father [sic] judges by the effort.'" [quoting Guy Pearse]

[p. 41]
10/26/14

"Lord! show us that it is only our unchildlike distance from the Father that hinders the answer to prayer, and lead us on to the true life of God's children."

"'God loves you not because you are clever, not because you are good, but because He is your Father.'" [quoting Guy Pearse]

"'The cross of Christ does not make God love us; it is the outcome and measure of His love to us.'" [quoting Guy Pearse]

[p. 40, 41]
10/25/14

"Let us do this not only when we want to pray, but let us yield heart and life to dwell in that love. The child who only wants to know the love of the father when he has something to ask, will be disappointed."

"But he who lets God be Father always and in everything, who would fain live his whole life in the Father's presence and love, who allows God in all the greatness of His love to be a Father to him, oh! he will experience most gloriously that a life in God's infinite Fatherliness and continual answers to prayer are inseparable."

"...we must, as in so many mirrors, study the heart of our Father, until every prayer be borne upward on the faith of this Divine word: 'How much more shall your heavenly Father give good gifts to them that ask Him.'"

[p. 39, 40]
10/24/14

"The Father must have the whole heart. When this is given, and He sees the child with honest purpose and steady will seeking in everything to be and live as a child, then our prayer will count with Him as the prayer of a child."

"He would have us see that the secret of effectual prayer is: to have the heart filled with the Father-love of God."

"...as we think in adoring worship of the infinite Love and Fatherliness of God, consider with how much more tenderness and joy He sees us come to Him, and gives us what we ask aright."

[p. 38, 39]
10/23/14

"Live as a child of God, then you will be able to pray as a child, and as a child you will most assuredly be heard."

"'As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the children of God:' the childlike privilege of asking all is inseparable from the childlike life under the leading of the Spirit."

"And he will find that Fatherlike giving is the Divine response to childlike living."

[p. 37]
10/22/14

"...HOW MUCH MORE the heavenly Father will give good gifts to them that ask Him."

"...as much greater as God is than sinful man, so much greater our assurance ought to be that He will more surely than any earthly father grant our childlike petitions."

"The power of the promise, 'Ask and it shall be given you,' lies in the loving relationship between us as children and the Father in heaven; when we live and walk in that relationship, the prayer of faith and its answer will be the natural result."

[p. 37]
10/21/14

"...prayer as fellowship with God is blessing enough without an answer."

"'Blessed Lord! Thy words are faithful and true. it must be, because I pray amiss, that my experience of answered prayer is not clearer. It must be, because I live too little in the Spirit, that my prayer is too little in the Spirit, and that the power for the prayer of faith is wanting.'"

SIXTH LESSON: "The Infinite Fatherliness of God"

"...everywhere we look upon it as the most natural thing there can be, for a [good] father to hear his child."

[p. 36, 37]
10/20/14

“It is one of the terrible marks of the diseased state of Christian life in these days, that there are so many who rest content without the distinct experience of answer to prayer. They pray daily, they ask many things, and trust that some of them will be heard, but know little of direct definite answer to prayer as the rule of daily life.”

“God will teach those who are teachable and give Him time, by His Word and Spirit, whether their request be according to His will or not. Let us withdraw the request, if it be not according to God’s mind, or persevere till the answer come.”

“He will teach us in due time how to understand them fully; Let us begin by implicitly believing them. Let us take time, as often as we pray, to listen to His voice: Every one that asketh, receiveth.”

[p. 34, 35]
10/19/14

“…the proof that we have prayed aright is, the answer. If we ask and receive not, it is because we have not learned to pray aright.”

“…prayer consists of two parts, has two sides, a human and a Divine. The human is the asking, the Divine is the giving.”

“If is far easier to the flesh to submit without the answer than to yield itself to be searched and purified by the Spirit, until it has learnt to pray the prayer of faith.”

[p. 33, 34]
10/18/14

FIFTH LESSON: "The Certainty of the Answer to Prayer"

“Here He wants to teach us what in all Scripture is considered the chief thing in prayers: the assurance that prayer will be heard and answered.”

“Observe how He uses words which mean almost the same thing, and each time repeats the promise so distinctly: ‘Ye shall receive, ye shall find, it shall be opened unto you;’ and then gives as ground for such assurance the law of the kingdom: ‘He that asketh, receiveth; he that seeketh, findeth; to him that knoweth, it shall be opened.’ We cannot but feel how in this sixfold repetition He wants to impress deep on our minds this one truth, that we may and must most confidently expect an answer to our prayer.”

“He therefore at the very outset of His instruction to those who would learn to pray, seeks to lodge this truth deep into their hearts: prayer does avail much; ask and ye shall receive; everyone that asketh, receiveth.”

[p. 32, 33]
10/17/14

“Christ has opened the school of prayer specially to train intercessors for the great work of bringing down, by their faith and prayer, the blessings of His work and love on the world around.”

“…it is only when we yield ourselves to be led of Him, that the name will be hallowed in our prayers and our lives.”

“The surrender to, and the prayer for a life of heaven-like obedience, is the spirit of childlike prayer.”

[p. 28, 29, 30]
10/16/14

“It is in the personal relation to the living God, and the personal conscious fellowship of love with Himself, that prayer begins.”

“In the infinite tenderness and pity and patience of the infinite Father, in His loving readiness to hear and to help, the life of prayer has its joy.”

“While we ordinarily first bring our own needs to God in prayer, and then think of what belongs to God and His interests, the Master reverses the order. First, Thy name, Thy kingdom, Thy will ;then, give us, forgive us, lead us, deliver us.”

[p. 28]
10/15/14

“Dwell much in the inner chamber, with the door shut—shut in from men, shut up with God…”

“To be alone in secret with THE FATHER: this be your highest joy. To be assured that THE FATHER will openly reward the secret prayer, so that it cannot remain unblessed: this be your strength day by day. And the know that THE FATHER knows that you need what you ask: this be your liberty to bring every need, in the assurance that your God will supply it according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

FOURTH LESSON: "The Model Prayer"

“’Our Father which art in heaven!’ To appreciate this word of adoration aright, I must remember that none of the saints had in Scripture ever ventured to address God as their Father.”

[p. 26, 27]
10/14/14

“’He that cometh to God must believe that He is a rewarder of them that seek Him.’”

“Not on the strong or the fervent feeling with which I pray does the blessing of the closet depend, but upon the love and the power of the Father to whom I there entrust my needs.”

“And if there be any delay in the answer, it will teach us in quiet perseverance to hold on: FATHER! THOU KNOWEST I need it.”

[p. 25]
10/13/14

“Just because your heart is cold and prayerless, get you into the presence of the living Father.”

“…secret prayer cannot be fruitless; its blessing will show itself in our life.”

“Our Lord would thus teach us that as infinite Fatherliness and Faithfulness is that with which God meets us in secret, so on our part there should be the childlike simplicity of faith, the confidence that our prayer does bring down a blessing.”

[p. 24, 25]
10/12/14

“This is how the Master teaches us to pray: He brings us into the Father’s living presence.”

“As long as in our worship of God we are chiefly occupied with our own thoughts and exercises, we shall not meet Him who is a Spirit, the unseen One.”

“But to the man who withdraws himself from all that is of the world and man, and prepares to wait upon God alone, the Father will reveal Himself.”

[p. 23, 24]
10/11/14

“And the first thing the Lord teaches His disciples is that they must have a secret place for prayer; every one must have some solitary sport where he can be alone with his God.”

“...the whole man must in his whole life be worship in spirit and truth.”

“The first things in closet-prayer is: I must met my Father. The light that shines in the closet must be: the light of the Father’s countenance.”

[p. 23]
10/10/14

“To have Christ the Son, and the Spirit of the Son, dwelling within us, and revealing the Father, this makes us true, spiritual worshippers.”

“…it [to worship in spirit and truth] is not only a thing of times and season, but the outflowing of a life in Thee.”

THIRD LESSON: "Alone with God"

“Moses gave neither command nor regulation with regard to prayer: even the prophets say little directly of the duty of prayer; it is Christ who teaches to pray.”

[p. 21, 22, 23]
10/09/14

“The worship of the Father is only possible to those to whom the Spirit of the Son has been given.”

“And so worship in spirit is worship in truth; actual living fellowship with God, a real correspondence and harmony between the Father, who is a Spirit, and the child praying in the spirit.”

“We are carnal and cannot bring God the worship He seeks. But Jesus came to give the Spirit: He has given Him to us.”

[p. 20, 21]
10/08/14

“…there must be harmony between God and His worshippers.”

“…so His worship would henceforth no longer be confined by place or form but spiritual as God Himself is spiritual.”

“A man, who seeks to pray earnestly in the church or in the closet, spends the greater part of the week or the day in a spirit entirely at variance with that in which he prayed. His worship was the work of a fixed place or house, of of his whole being.”

[p. 19, 20]
10/07/14

SECOND LESSON: "The True Worshippers"

“The Father seeks worshippers; our worship satisfies His loving heart and is a joy to Him.”

“And so one of our first lessons in the school of prayer must be to understand what it is to pray in spirit and in truth, and to know how we can attain to it.”

“…it is only in and through Him that the worship of God will be in spirit and truth.”

[p. 18, 19]
10/06/14

“Nothing delights Him more than to find those whom He can take with Him into the Father’s presence, whom He can clothe with power to pray down God’s blessing on those around them, whom He can train to be His fellow-workers in the intercession by which the kingdom is to be revealed on earth.”

“He teaches,…by breathing within us the very spirit of prayer, by living within us as the Great Intercessor.”

“Jesus never taught His disciples how to preach, only how to pray.”

[p. 16]
10/05/14

“True prayer, that takes hold of God’s strength, that availeth much, to which the gates of heaven are really opened wide—who would not dry, Oh for some one to teach me thus to pray?”

“Amid the painful consciousness of ignorance and unworthiness, in the struggle between believing and doubting, the heavenly art of effectual prayer is learnt.”

“He knows what prayer is. He learned it amid the trials and tears of His earthly life. In heaven it is still His beloved work: His life, there is prayer.”

[p. 14, 15, 16]
10/04/14

“May God open our eyes to see what the holy ministry of intercession is, to which, as His royal priesthood, we have been set apart.”

FIRST LESSON: "The Only Teacher"

“Lord, teach us to pray.” Lk 11:1b

“Though in its beginnings prayer is so simple that the feeblest child can pray, yet it is at the same time the highest and holiest work to which man can rise.”

[p. preface ]
10/03/14

“…it hath not entered into the heart of man to conceive what God will do for His child who gives himself to believe that his prayer will be heard.”

“His life in us is an ever-praying life, if we will but trust Him for it.”

“Christ teaches us to pray not only by example, by instruction, by command, by promises, but by showing us HIMSELF, the ever-living Intercessor, as our Life.”

[p. preface]
10/02/14

“But when we learn to regard it as the highest part of the work entrusted to us, the root and strength of all other work, we shall wee that there is nothing that we so need to study and practice as the art of praying aright.”

“…it is only when the Church gives herself up to this holy work of intercession that we can expect the power of Christ to manifest itself in her behalf.”

“…the Father waits to hear every prayer of faith, to give us whatsoever we will, and whatsoever we ask in Jesus’ name.”

[p. preface]
10/01/14

“The more we abide in Him, and grow unto His likeness, will His priestly life work in us mightily, and our life become what His is, a life that ever pleads and prevails for men.”

“…it is in intercession that the Church is to find and wield its highest power….”

“I feel sure that as long as we look on prayer chiefly as the means of maintaining our own Christian life, we shall not know fully what it is meant to be.”