WHEN TO PRAY
“…pray without ceasing,” (1 Thes 5:17 ESV).
“…God wills that men should pray everywhere, but the place of His glory is in the solitudes, where He hides us in the cleft of the rock, and talks with man face to face as a man talks with his friend” Samuel Chadwick (ref#4, p35).
“…watching and praying is always necessary…we can never…overcome our old nature on our own. The spirit may be willing, but the flesh is weak; therefore we must watch and pray” John Calvin (ref#164, July 10th).
“Come overwhelmed with life. Come with a wandering mind. Come messy. So, instead of being frozen by your self-preoccupation, talk with God about your worries. Tell him where you are weary…We are often so busy and overwhelmed that when we slow down to pray, we don’t know where our hearts are. We don’t know what troubles us. So, oddly enough, we might have to worry before we pray” Paul E. Miller (ref#62, p33).
“God has willed that the working of His Spirit shall follow the prayer of His people. He waits for their intercession because that is evidence of their preparation of heart—revealing to what extent they are ready to yield to His Spirit’s control.” Andrew Murray
“…the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Rom 8:26 ESV).