To Ponder:

Prayer is the mightiest weapon that God has placed in our hands, the best weapon to use in every difficulty, the surest remedy in every trouble, the key that unlocks the treasury of promises, the hand that draws forth grace and help in time of need, the silver trumpet that God commands us to sound in all our necessity, the cry He has promised always to listen to, just as a loving mother listens attentively to the cry of her child. Be sure that no time is so well spent, as that which a man spends on his knees. What is the reason that some believers are so much brighter and holier than others? I believe the difference, in nineteen cases out of twenty, arises from different habits in private prayer. I believe that those who are not eminently holy, pray little–and those who are eminently holy, pray much. What is the cause of most backslidings? I believe, as a general rule, one of the chief causes is neglect of private prayer. People are backsliders on their knees, long before they backslide openly in the eyes of the world. Fear not because your prayer is stammering, your words feeble, and your language poor. Jesus can understand you! “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2. (J.C. Ryle)

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