Quotes for Topic: Prayer-neglected
A prayerless church member is a hindrance. He is in the body like a rotting bone or a decayed tooth. Before long, since he does not contribute to the benefit of his brethren, he will become a danger and a sorrow to them. Neglect of private prayer is the locust which devours the strength of the church.
What is both surprising and depressing is the sheer prayerlessness that characterizes so much of the Western church. It is surprising, because it is out of step with the Bible that portrays what Christian living should be; it is depressing, because it frequently coexists with abounding Christian activity that somehow seems hollow, frivolous and superficial.
Reference: A Call to Spiritual Reformation, Baker, 1992, p. 9.
And here it is, I say it with sorrow, here it is that men fall short so miserably. Few indeed are to be found who pray: there are many who go down on their knees, and say a form perhaps, but few who pray; few who cry out to God, few who call on the Lord, few who seek as if they wanted to find, few who knock as if they hungered and thirsted, few who wrestle, few who strive with God earnestly for an answer, few who give Him no rest, few who continue in prayer, few who pray always without ceasing and do not grow weak. Yes: few pray! It is just one of the things assumed as a matter of course, but seldom practiced; a thing which is everybody's business, but in fact hardly anybody performs.
Reference: Thoughts for Young Men.
To know God as the Master and Bestower of all good things, who invites us to request them of Him, and still not go to Him and ask of Him – this would be of as little profit as for a man to neglect a treasure, buried and hidden in the earth, after it had been pointed out to him.
Reference: Institutes, p. 850.
[Prayer] is generally neglected; just as if the clear statements of Scripture regarding the potency, the almost miraculous efficacy of prayer, were designed as a pillow on which the church might slumber, rather than as a mighty stimulus to rouse to heroic achievements and urge on to glorious efforts in the cause of the Redeemer.
Reference: The Necessity of the Revival of Religion, Revival Commentary, v. 1, n. 2, p. 9.
I am convinced that prayerlessness: 1. Is a sin against God (1 Sam. 12:23). 2. Is direct disobedience to the command of Christ (“watch and pray,” Mt. 26:41). 3. Is direct disobedience to the Word of God (“pray without ceasing,” 1 Thes. 5:17). 4. Makes me vulnerable to temptation (“watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation,” Mt. 26:41). 5. Expresses independence – no need for God. 6. Gives place to the Enemy and makes me vulnerable to his schemes (Eph. 6:10-20; Dan. 10). 7. Results in powerlessness. 8. Limits (and defines) my relationship with God. 9. Hinders me from knowing His will, His priorities, His direction. 10. Forces me to operate in the realm of the natural (what I can do) verses the supernatural (what He can do). 11. Leaves me weak, harried, and hassled. 12. Is rooted in pride, self-sufficiency, laziness, and lack of discipline. 13. Reveals a lack of real burden and compassion for others.
Reference: A Place of Quiet Rest, Moody, 2000, p. 233.
If I wish to humble anyone, I should question him about his prayers. I know nothing to compare with this topic for its sorrowful self-confessions (Charles Vaughn).
Reference: Quoted in: Spiritual Leadership by Oswald Sanders, Moody Publishers, 1967, p. 85.
We may work for Christ from morn till night; we may spend much time in Bible study; we may be most earnest and faithful and “acceptable” in our preaching and in our individual dealing, but none of these things can be truly effective unless we are much in prayer. We shall only be full of good works; and not “bearing fruit in every good work” (Col. 1:10). To be little with God in prayer is to be little for God in service. Much secret prayer means much public power. Yet is it not a fact that whilst our organizing is well nigh perfect, our agonizing in prayer is well nigh lost?
Reference: The Kneeling Christian, circa 1930, ch. 2.