How’s Your Prayer Life?

  • Martin Lloyd-Jones: “Our ultimate position as Christians is tested by the character of our prayer life.”

  • Robert Murray McCheyne: “What a man is on his knees before God, that he is, and nothing more.”


6 responses to this post.

  1. Great reminder, Matt. Thanks.

  2. Someone been reading Carson on Prayer?

    We just finished James and I was struck by his conclusion – pray for one another that you may be healed. Those words drove me to reflect on the prayer life of our church – mine especially.

    We’ve just launched a series on Praying Like Paul. Can’t get away from the reality that he prayed always for the churches. I trust it will be a profitable study and it will be applied across our church.

    I ended the introduction to the series with the McCheyne quote. Humbling.

  3. Posted by David on September 9, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    I have heard the McCheyne quote developed/paralleled into “What a man is, all on his own, confronted by his favourite temptation – THAT he is, and no more”

  4. Matt,

    I convicting reminder. I appreciate it brother.

  5. If you as ministers are not very prayerful, you are much to be pitied. If, in the future, you shall be called to sustain pastorates, large or small, if you become lax in secret devotion, not only will you need to be pitied, but your people also; and, in addition to that, you shall be blamed, and the day cometh in which you shall be ashamed and confounded… The preacher who neglects to pray much must be very careless about his ministry… We not only ought to pray more, but we must. The fact is, the secret of all ministerial success lies in prevalence at the mercy-seat [Charles Spurgeon, “The Preacher’s Private Prayer” in Lectures To My Students (Grand Rapids: Ministry Resources Library, 1954), 43, 48-49].

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