The ideas of prayer and faith have been on my mind in big ways over the last several weeks, and I thank God for the lessons he continues to teach me. Here is a needed word (for me at least) from J. C. Ryle on the power of prayer. May we truly take these words to heart, believe the realities depicted in the Bible as absolute truth, pray with intensity and passion, and have faith to live and move in obedience to God.
Nothing seems to be too great, too hard, or too difficult for prayer to do. It has obtained things that seemed impossible and out of reach. It has won victories over fire, air, earth, and water.
Prayer opened the Red Sea. Prayer brought water from the rock and bread from heaven. Prayer made the sun stand still. Prayer brought fire from the sky on Elijah’s sacrifice. Prayer turned the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness. Prayer overthrew the army of Sennacherib.
Well said Mary Queen of Scots, “I fear John Knox’s prayers more than an army of ten thousand men.” Prayer has healed the sick. Prayer has raised the dead. Prayer has procured the conversion of souls. “The child of many prayers,” said an old Christian to Augustine’s mother, “will never perish.” Prayer, pains, and faith can do anything.