G. Campbell Morgan on Prayer, 2

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I recently finished reading G. Campbell Morgan’s book on prayer, The Practice of Prayer.  I wrote a previous post with some quotes from the book that were helpful to me. Here are more quotes from that book that I thought were very meaningful.

My brother see to it that when morning breaks you go to God for sustenance for your spiritual life. That will make you strong against the allurements of the devil. So many people turn out to face the temptations of the day spiritually unfed, spiritually hungry therefore, and they are attacked by all kinds of enticements of the enemy. It is the man fed by God, spiritually and physically who is likely to overcome in the hour of temptation.

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We must neither put false limitations upon this word of the Master, nor must we imagine that there are no limitations. According to Him, the limit is not upon the things for which we may ask, but upon our condition and the Spirit in which we ask. Two or three of us may agree as to our desire for certain things, and may ask for them, and never receive them. The prayer-meeting must not be based upon desire, but upon relationship to Christ.

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An inner chamber and a shut door certainly mean that there must be in the life of every man or woman or child a place for retirement, a time for seclusion, an exercise of this high and holy privilege in absolute loneliness, when husband or wife, father or mother, brother or sister, son or daughter, is excluded. In all our busy life nothing is of more importance than that we should have some place peculiarly consecrated to prayer. The soul needs a Bethel.

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I think we cannot tell how much it would mean to the strength of the Church if the saints of God cultivated the habit of fellowship in prayer in small groups.

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It is possible to waste the great opportunity of prayer by indefiniteness. We may generalize prayer until we vapourize it, and there is no virtue left in it.

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There are particular things about which we ought to pray, for which we are commanded to pray ; for all the saints, for the Word of God, for the Christian ministry, for all souls. Jesus prayed for all the saints in that great intercessory prayer. Paul prayed for these as the letters of the imprisonment testify. What a healing of our denominational differences would result, if instead of perpetually discussing those differences we gave ourselves to prayer for each other…. the Church would pray for the ministry instead of criticising it, there would be wonderful results. In this connection I should like to urge upon the Church that its special duty according to the teaching of the Lord is to pray that God will thrust out into His harvest His own labourers.

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Oh, what it is to preach to men and women who have been praying for you. Then we are charged to pray for all souls, the sorrowing, the sighing, the sad, the sinning.

Thanks for reading,

John