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“ Men ought ALWAYS to Pray, and Not to Faint.”— (Luke 18:1.) 1. Prayer’s Trembling Adversary.

“ conditions” which must be met if our prayers are to be answered. Seven of the principal of these are the following: A right heart and motive (Psa. 66:18; Mark 11:25; James 4:3, 8; 1 John 3:21, 22); According to God’s will (1 John 5:14, 15); In the name of Christ (John 14:13, 14; 16:23, 24); In faith (Mark 11:22-24; Heb. 11:6 ); Without anxiety, but rather with thanksgiving (Phil. 1 :6 ); With perseverance (Luke 18:1-7); In the Holy Ghost (Eph. 6: 18; Jude 20). With these conditions met, God must answer. He cannot deny Himself. (See 2 Cor, 1:20; 2 Tim. 2:13, 19; Heb. 6:17-19; 10:23, 35, 36.) 4. Prayer’s Commanded Accompani­ ment. “ With thanksgiving” (Phil. 4 :6 ), Rev. Henry W. Frost, director for North America of the China Inland Mission, wrote some time ago: “ Nothing so pleases God in connection with our prayer as our praise,........and nothing so blesses the, man who prays as the praise which he offers. I got a great blessing once in China in this connection. I had received bad and sad news from home, and deep shadows had covered my soul. J prayed, but the darkness did not vanish. I summoned myself to en­ dure, but' ‘the darkness only deepened. Just then I went to an inland station ■ and saw on the wall of the' mission home these words: ‘Try Thanksgiving’. I did, and in a moment every shadow was gone, not to return. Yes, the Psalmist was right, ‘It is* a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.’ ” 5. Prayer’s “ Five Reasons” . The following is George Muller’s statement telling why he believed his

ATAN dreads nothing but prayer."...... The Church that lost its Christ was full of good works. Activities are multiplied that meditation may be ousted, and organ­ izations are increased that

prayer may have no chance. Souls may be lost in good works, as surely as in evil ways. The one concern of the devil is, to keep the saints from pray­ ing. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless re­ ligion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, BUT TREMBLES WHEN WE PRAY.” (S. Chadwick.) 2 . Prayer's Omnipotent God. Says A. E. McAdam of London: “ No praying man or woman accomplishes SO MUCH with SO LITTLE expenditure of time as when he or she is praying. If there should arise, it has been said— and the words are surely true to the thought of our Lord Jesus Christ in all His teaching on prayer,— if there should arise ONE UTTERLY BELIEV­ ING MAN, the history of the world might be changed. Will YOU not be that one in the providence and guidance Of God our Father?” (However, remember this: That it is not prayer that is omnipotent, but God operating omnipotently through impo­ tent man in answer to prayer. The glory is ALL His.) 3. Prayer’s Prevailing Conditions. “Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer except that which lies outside the will of God.” But even within the limits of God’s will there are certain

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