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Moments For You

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Can You Say, “Father”?

That famous example of prayer we often call “The Lord’s Prayer” (Matthew 6:9-13) begins with “Our Father which art in Heaven.” Everything that follows: conversing with Him, praising Him, petitioning Him—these things all start by knowing Him as “Father.” Is God your Father? Put another way: Are you a child... Read more →

Why Pray?

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:18). When we stop to weigh the meaning of these words, the child of God is driven to say, “I must pray, pray, pray. I must put all... Read more →

Closet Communion

“When thou prayest, enter into thy closet” (Matthew 6:6). What do these four words suggest: “Enter into thy closet”? The closet is simply a place shut out from intrusion and interruption—the meeting place of one man and his Maker. The closet is the Holy of Holies where the soul meets... Read more →

Two-Way Communication

Have you ever been stuck in a conversation with someone who talks only about himself? Imagine what it must be like for our heavenly Father to listen to our prayers during our devotional time. We may have read a portion of His Word, but then in prayer we swiftly shift... Read more →

Making Time For God

“Godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come ... Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all” (1 Timothy 4:8,15). It was not easy for Hudson Taylor, the prominent... Read more →


“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23,24). One element in true prayer is confession. I do not want Christian readers to think I am... Read more →

Abide In Me

“If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7). When we compare this promise with the experience of most believers, we are startled by a terrible discrepancy. Who could count the prayers that... Read more →

What Has Prayer Done?

Prayer has divided seas, rolled up flowing rivers, made flinty rocks gush into fountains, quenched flames of fire, muzzled lions, disarmed vipers and poisons, marshaled the stars against the wicked, stopped the course of the moon, arrested the rapid sun in its great race, burst open iron gates, recalled souls... Read more →

The Heart of Prayer

God, who is a God of law and order, has set certain conditions on His promise to hear and answer our prayers. What kind of heart must we have for God to hear us? A Pure Heart: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me”... Read more →


“Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers” (Colossians 4:12). We are thankful for preachers, pastors, teachers, and missionaries; but we want men and women of prayer, those who minister like Epaphras. Without a spirit of fervent, agonizing, persevering... Read more →


A Christian overheard several co-workers having a discussion in which some very harsh and cruel things were said about Christians. When he could stand it no longer, he said, “I admit there are some hypocrites in the church, but most of us are sincere believers.” Turning their attention to him,... Read more →

Work and Prayer

Here is the great secret of success. Work with all your might, but trust not in the least in your work. Pray with all your might for the blessing of God, but work at the same time with all diligence, with all patience, with all perseverance. Pray then, and work.... Read more →

Necessity of Prayer

It is interesting to see how much of the Bible is occupied with the subject of prayer, either in providing examples, enforcing precepts, or pronouncing promises. We scarcely open the Bible before we read, “Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord” (Genesis 4:26). Then, just as... Read more →

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