Prayer Impacts Us in 5 Ways
C.H. Spurgeon wrote in his book Prayer that prayer encourages us to believe in God. According to Spurgeon prayer impacts us in at least five ways.
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1. Promotes learning. It is important to study the Scripture and it’s important to pray about it as well. Prayer opens up the meaning of Scripture and its application. Martin Luther once wrote, “To have prayed well is to have studied well.”
2. Promotes deeper experience. Faithful prayer will help you develop in your spiritual life past the common experiences of “repentance, faith, joy, and hope” (182).
3. Brings deliverance. When you find yourself in a difficult situation, pray and wait. Because of who God is you can wait knowing and “expecting that God will show [you] reserved mercies that [you] know nothing of at present” (185).
4. Makes us useful. “Work as if all rested on your toil” and pray for God’s help. The work’s effectiveness is then “super-charged,” so to speak. Spurgeon says it is prayer plus effort that make us most useful in all areas of work (187).
5. Gives comfort for intercessors. Indeed answered prayer brings comfort and encouragement to believe in God’s power and care. Answered prayer encourages intercessors to pray more. “You cannot guess how greatly God will bless you. Only go and stand at His door, for you cannot tell what is in reserve for you. If you do not [pray] at all, you will get nothing” (188).
These are all lessons I am learning. What have you learned about prayer lately?
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