Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Quote On Prayer.

"I have come to see that in past years I have wasted much time over praying that was not effecive prayer at all. Praying without faith is like trying to cut with a blunt knife --- much labour expended to little purpose. For the work accomplished by labour in prayer depens on our faith: 'According to your faith,' not labour, 'be it unto you.'

I have been impressed lately with the thought... that people fail in praying the prayer of faith because they do not believe that God has answered, but only that he will answer their petitions. They rise from their knees feeling that God will answer some time or other, but not that He has answered already. This is not the faith that makes payer effective. True faith glories in the present tense, and does not trouble itself about the future. God's promises are in the present tense, and are quite secure enought to set our hearts at rest.
Their full outworking is often in the future, butGod's word is as good as His bond and we need have no anxiety. Sometimes He gives at once what we ask, but more often He just gives His promise (Mark 11:24). Perhaps He is more glorified in this latter case, for it means that our faith is tried and strengthened."

James Fraiser - pioneer missionary to China


Tori said...

Wonderful quote, very convicting!!

Tiffany said...

That is very good, a reminder I always need - to have FAITH not to ask and doubt that God will actually answer me. Easier said than done!