A man may study because his brain is hungry for knowledge, even Bible knowledge. But he prays because his soul is hungry for God.
The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Power helps our infirmity in prayer. The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Life ends our deadness in prayer. The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Wisdom delivers us from ignorance in this holy art of prayer. The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Fire delivers us from coldness in prayer. The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Might comes to our aid in our weakness as we pray.
Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God.
God does nothing except in response to believing prayer.
“Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him.”
We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results.
Every Christian should have a stated time each day which he can give to the holy office of prayer. To go alone whenever opportunity offers and spend a while in prayer is good, but to fix a certain time for prayer and to stick to that time is far better, for thus we form the…