Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.
—2 Cor. 5:11
As God’s coworkers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
—2 Cor. 6:1-2
For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
James E. Faust (1920–2007), a religious leader, lawyer, and politician said, “A great heart is the beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.” What’s the effect of such prayer? Iyanla Vanzant (b. 1953), an inspirational speaker and lawyer wrote, “In my deepest, darkest moments, what really got me through was prayer. Sometimes my prayer was ‘Help me.’ Sometimes a prayer was ‘Thank you.’ What I have discovered was that intimate connection and communication with my creator will always get me through because I know my support, my help, is just a prayer away.”
Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892), an English Baptist preacher said, “True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise not a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.” What exactly constitutes prayer? Saint Teresa of Avila (1515–1582), a Roman Catholic and Spanish mystic said, “Prayer is an act of love; words are not needed. Even if sickness distracts from thoughts, all that is needed is the will to love.”
A Protestant evangelist Paul Washer (b. 1961) wrote, “One of the greatest attacks of the enemy is to make you busy, to make you hurried, to make you noisy, to make you distracted, to fill the people of God and the Church of God with so much noise and activity that there is no room for prayer. There is no room for being alone with God. There is no room for silence. There is no room for meditation.” But how should people counter such distractions and gain insights about prayer? They should note like Saint Teresa of Calcutta (1910–1997), an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun who said, “Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” This is the nature and power of prayer.
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