“In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord…Hannah was praying in her heart. – 1 Samuel 1:10, 13.
To conduct real business at the mercy-seat of God, give me a homemade prayer, a prayer that comes out of the depths of my heart, not because I invented it, but because God the Holy Spirit put it there, and gave it such living force that I could not help letting it out.
Though your words are broken, and your sentences disconnected if your desires are earnest, if they are like coals of juniper, burning with a vehement flame, God will not mind how they expression. If you have no words, perhaps you will pray better without them that with them. There are prayers that break the backs of words; they are too heavy for any human language to carry. Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Pray about It: Have you ever been desperate for God? I mean desperate? So desperate you cried to God without thinking about your words. All you knew was that they were from your heart. And God heard. The prayers we pray best are those with such “living force’ that we can’t help letting them out.
Our needs come and go, and some days we have no sense of desperation, even when there is no longer a crises at hand. At such times, our desperation is simply for Him. Send a heavy heart up to Christ, it shall be welcome. Samuel Rutherford.
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God boldly. Acts 4:31
Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth. God does nothing but in answer to prayer.
Pray About It: As Christians we have a calling. We are to “shake the gates of hell” through our prayer and to further God’s kingdom on earth. Both of these are done through prayer and the resulting action that follows prayer. For when these violent prayers re heard and answered by God, there comes a parting of the waters, a way for action to take place. It happens all the time. Man prays, God moves, then man moves. Prayers and pains through faith in Jesus Christ will do anything! John Eliot
Source: Culled from SALM’s article in the Spectator newspaper.