Weekly Devotional By Pastor Ron
March 26, 2017
Prayer According to the Puritans
Prayer is the soul's breathing itself into the bosom of its heavenly Father.
Praying is the same to the new creature as crying is to the natural. The child is not learned by art or example to cry, but instructed by nature; it comes into the world crying. Praying is not a lesson got by forms and rules of art, but flowing from principles of new life itself.
You can do more than pray, after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.
Deeper than words:
Words are but the body, the garment, the outside of prayer; sighs are nearer the heart work. A dumb beggar getteth an alms at Christ’s gates, even by making signs, when his tongue cannot plead for him; and the rather, because he is dumb. . . . Tears have a tongue, and grammar, and language, that our Father knoweth. Babes have no prayer for the breast, but weeping: the mother can read hunger in weeping.
I had rather stand against the cannons of the wicked than against the prayers of the righteous.
The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer fetched the angel.