Prayer is the oldest known language in the world, the language of the Spirit. At times it finds expression in articulation, but it may not always be so.
Prayer has its own syntax. Its punctuation is not after the manner of Webster or the manner of the lexicographers, for it is punctuated by sobs and may have groans for its periods. Its tense is always present continuous, for it brings the past into the present and the future into the now. It has no dictionary. It offers no scholarships. It confers no graduation with gilded degrees. Its vehicle may be eloquence, or its channel may be dumbness.
Prayer is the believer's gymnasium, where he renews his strength.
Prayer is the believer's bank, where he draws wealth from above.
Prayer is the believer's observatory, where he gets glimpses into "the powers of the world to come."
Prayer is the believer's academy, where the Spirit operates discipline to the aspiring soul.
To move the world, the Greek mathematician Archimedes groaned for the elusive fulcrum and the lost lever. But the omnipotence of God is the only true lever by which the impossible is done, and the church on its knees is the only real fulcrum. When God and man operate in prayer, the unbelievable becomes actual; the dead come to life.
The devil, who kept Adam from the tree of life, keeps the average believer from the tree of prayer, which is the tree of life and of power.
The average believer today dislocates his whole schedule for issues so small that he cannot pray about them, but he neglects prayer concerning issues that all the cunning of man and all the skill of his learning cannot solve. He spends much time in the making of spiritual meals in the blessed Word of God, then quickly sprinkles them with a benediction-just as he would put salt and pepper on some choice dish at his table.
Prayer can travel faster than jets.
Prayer can pierce the Iron Curtain. (Yes, it did!! - Bev Cooley)
When prayer soars in jubilant faith, laughter may accompany it; however, sometimes tears may be its lubricant. Its interest on prayer is continually compounded, and yields dividends for time and for eternity.
Prayer's secret is praying in secret.