Monday, December 15, 2014

Thoughts on the Prayer Meeting

"If in this meeting each heart were set upon the living God, how the power of His presence would be realized amongst us! In prayer, the most important thing is to get the ear of Him to whom we speak; and it is better not to offer a petition unless fullly conscious of this. Waiting on God, with hearts bowed in humble and silent acknowledgement of His Holy presence and nearness is the first and best beginning for a prayer meeting. 

Then, before we begin, there will be the blessing that often we only get towards the end, If, from the very beginning, we are face to face with God, and His presence is the controlling power, there will be "prayer in the Spirit." The prayers willl not be long. All prayers of Scripture are short. Solomon's at the dedication of the temple, is the longest, and it can be repeated deliberately in lss than seven minutes. Long prayers kill a prayer meeting quicker than almost anything. We may pray all night in our closets, if we wish, but in a meeting, prayers edify most when brief. Better pray twice, than "wear out the saints" with lengthy discourses delivered in a kneeling position. 

A revival in our prayer meetings would result in stilll greater blessing. Shall we heed the words in Psalm 62:5: My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him."

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