Dedicating someone to the Lord’s work is not only a privilege; it’s a vitally important task. No one whose life is fully devoted to serving God – whether they are a pastor, a missionary, a Christian teacher, or are otherwise engaged in full-time ministry – will fully succeed without the regular, interceding prayers of fellow believers.
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 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. (Adapted from Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer)
To pray in Christ’s name is therefore to be identified with Christ as to our righteousness, and to be identified with Christ in our desires by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost. To pray in the Spirit, to pray according to the will of the Father, to pray in Christ’s name, are identical expressions. The Father Himself loveth us, and is willing to hear us: two intercessors, Christ the Advocate above, and the Holy Ghost, the Advocate within, are the gifts of His love. (Adapted from Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer)
Those who let God be Father always and in everything, who live their whole lives in the Father’s presence and love, who allow God in all the greatness of His love to be a Father to them, they will experience most gloriously that a life in God’s infinite Fatherliness and continual answers to prayer are inseparable. (Adapted from Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer)
There are now still many to whom the Lord puts the same question, and who cannot, until it has been answered, get the aid requested. Our prayers must not be a vague appeal to His mercy, an indefinite cry for blessing, but the distinct expression of definite need. Not that His loving heart does not understand our cry, or is not ready to hear. But He desires it for our own sakes. 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. It searches us and puts us to the test as to whether our desires are honest and real, such as we are ready to persevere in. It leads us to judge whether our desires are according to God’s Word, and whether we really believe that we shall receive the things we ask. It helps us to wait for the special answer, and to mark it when it comes. (Adapted from Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer)
God is not only the Great Physician, the One from whom all healing comes; He is also the healer of souls – the only source of salvation and eternal life.
How little have we lived in the likeness of the Son, and in sympathy with Him--for God and His glory alone. Let us take time, until the Holy Spirit discover it to us, and we see how wanting we have been in this. True knowledge and confession of sin are the sure path to deliverance. (Adapted from Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer)
By faith in the promise of God, we know that we have the petitions we have asked of Him. Faith takes and holds the answer in the promise, as an unseen spiritual possession, rejoices in it, and praises for it. (Adapted from Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer)
There is a twofold use of prayer: the one, to obtain strength and blessing for our own life; the other, the higher, the true glory of prayer, for which Christ has taken us into His fellowship and teaching, is intercession, where prayer is the royal power a child of God exercises in heaven on behalf of others and even of the kingdom. (Adapted from Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer)
The theory of the atonement of the junior Edwards became the accepted theory of the Congregational churches of New England, and thence spread to the Presbyterians and the Baptists.