HOW TO PRAY BY R.A.TORREY PDF

I must put all my energy and all my heart into prayer. Whatever else I do, I must pray. Torrey outlines a practical strategy for living life in conversation with God. Moody Classics Of all the factors influencing our spiritual growth and development, pivotal books play a key role. Learning from those who have walked the path and fought the fight brings wisdom and strengthens resolve. And hearing the familiar chords of kingdom living sung by voices from other times can penetrate cultural barriers that limit our allegiance to the King.

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That is the difficulty with many an unanswered prayer to-day: the one who offers it is not obedient. If we would have power in prayer, we must be earnest students of His Word to find out what His will regarding us is, and then having found it, do it. One unconfessed act of disobedience on our part will shut the ear of God against many petitions. There are many things which it would be pleasing to God for us to do which He has not specifically commanded us. A true child is not content with merely doing those things which his father specifically commands him to do.

So it is with the true child of God. He does not ask merely whether certain things are commanded or certain things forbidden. There are many Christians to-day who are doing things that are not pleasing to God, and leaving undone things which would be pleasing to God.

When you speak to them about these things they will confront you at once with the question, "Is there any command in the Bible not to do this thing? If we make it our study to find out and to do the things which are pleasing to God, He will make His study to do the things which are pleasing to us.

Here again we find the explanation of much unanswered prayer: We are not making it the study of our lives to know what would please our Father, and so our prayers are not answered. Take as an illustration of questions that are constantly coming up, the matter of theater going, dancing and the use of tobacco. The question is, Is our heavenly Father well pleased when He sees one of His children in the theater, at the dance, or smoking? That is a question for each to decide for himself, prayerfully, seeking light from the Holy Spirit.

It is aside from our purpose to go into the general question, but beyond a doubt there is this great harm in many a case; they rob our prayers of power. Psalm throws a great deal of light on the question of how to pray: "The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth. If you will take your concordance and go through the Bible, you will find that this expression means "in reality," "in sincerity. Much prayer is insincere. People ask for things which they do not wish.

Many a woman is praying for the conversion of her husband, who does not really wish her husband to be converted. She thinks that she does, but if she knew what would be involved in the conversion of her husband, how it would necessitate an entire revolution in his manner of doing business, and how consequently it would reduce their income and make necessary an entire change in their method of living, the real prayer of her heart would be, if she were to be sincere with God: "O God, do not convert my husband.

Many a church is praying for a revival that does not really desire a revival. They think they do, for to their minds a revival means an increase of membership, an increase of income, an increase of reputation among the churches, but if they knew what a real revival meant, what a searching of hearts on the part of professed Christians would be involved, what a radical transformation of individual, domestic and social life would be brought about, and many other things that would come to pass if the Spirit of God was poured out in reality and power; if all this were known, the real cry of the church would be: "O God, keep us from having a revival.

He things he does, for the baptism with the Spirit means to him new joy, new power in preaching the Word, a wider reputation among men, a larger prominence in the church of Christ. But if he understood what a baptism with the Holy Spirit really involved, how for example it would necessarily bring him into antagonism with the world, and with unspiritual Christians, how it would cause his name to be "cast out as evil," how it might necessitate his leaving a good comfortable living and going down to work in the slums, or even in some foreign land; if he understood all this, his prayer quite likely would be--if he were to express the real wish of his heart,-- "O God, save me from being baptized with the Holy Ghost.

If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it. God is well pleased with His Son Jesus Christ. He hears Him always, and He also hears always the prayer that is really in His name. There is a fragrance in the name of Christ that makes acceptable to God every prayer that bears it.

But what is it to pray in the name of Christ? Many explanations have been attempted that to ordinary minds do not explain. But there is nothing mystical or mysterious about this expression. If one will go through the Bible and examine all the passages in which the expression "in My name" or "in His name" or synonymous expressions are used, he will find that it means just about what it does in modern usage. If I have money deposited in that bank, the check will be cashed; if not, it will not be.

Torrey, we cannot cash that. You have no money in this bank. So it is when I go to the bank of heaven, when I go to God in prayer. I have nothing deposited there, I have absolutely no credit there, and if I go in my own name I will get absolutely nothing; but Jesus Christ has unlimited credit in heaven, and He has granted to me the privilege of going to the bank with His name on my checks, and when I thus go, my prayers will be honored to any extent.

I may put that phrase in my prayer and really be resting in my own merit all the time. Very much of our modern prayer is vain because men approach God imagining that they have some claim upon God whereby He is under obligations to answer their prayers.

Years ago when Mr. Moody was young in Christian work, he visited a town in Illinois. A judge in the town was an infidel. Moody to call upon her husband, but Mr. Moody replied: "I cannot talk with your husband. I am only an uneducated young Christian, and your husband is a book infidel. Moody made the call. The clerks in the outer office tittered as the young salesman from Chicago went in to talk with the scholarly judge.

The conversation was short. You are a book infidel, and I have no learning, but I simply want to say if you are ever converted, I want you to let me know. Yes, I will let you know. The clerks tittered still louder when the zealous young Christian left the office, but the judge was converted within a year.

Moody visiting the town again asked the judge to explain how it came about. The judge said: "One night, when my wife was at prayer meeting, I began to grow very uneasy and miserable. I did not know what was the matter with me, but finally retired before my wife come home. I could not sleep all that night. I got up early, told my wife that I would eat no breakfast, and went down to the office. I told the clerks they could take a holiday, and shut myself up in the inner office.

But can we know the will of God? Can we know that any specific prayer is according to His will? We most surely can. God has revealed His will in His Word. When anything is definitely promised in the Word of God, we know that it is His will to give that thing. For example, when I pray for wisdom I know that it is the will of God to give me wisdom, for He says so in James "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Bible school, and said, "You have produced upon those young men the impression that they can ask for definite things and get the very things that they ask. There are many things that we need from God which are not covered by any specific promise, but we are not left in ignorance of the will of God even then.

In Rom. Often God by His Spirit lays upon us a heavy burden of prayer for some given individual. We cannot rest, we pray for him with groanings which cannot be uttered. Perhaps the man is entirely beyond our reach, but God hears the prayer, and in many a case it is not long before we hear of his definite conversion. Over and over again in what has already been said, we have seen our dependence upon the Holy Spirit in prayer.

This comes out very definitely in Eph. The disciples did not know how to pray as they ought, so they came to Jesus and said,"Lord teach us to pray. He teaches us how to pray. True prayer is prayer in the Spirit; that is, the prayer the Spirit inspires and directs. We should look up to Him to send His Holy Spirit to teach us how to pray. We must wait for the Holy Spirit, and surrender ourselves to the Spirit, then we shall pray aright.

Oftentimes when we come to God in prayer, we do not feel like praying. What shall one do in such a case? Not at all. When we feel least like praying is the time when we most need to pray. We should wait quietly before God and tell Him how cold and prayerless our hearts are, and look up to Him and trust Him and expect Him to send the Holy Spirit to warm our hearts and draw them out in prayer. Many of the most blessed seasons of prayer I have ever known have begun with a feeling of utter deadness and prayerlessness, but in my helplessness and coldness I have cast myself upon God, and looked to Him to send His Holy Spirit to teach me to pray, and He has done it.

When we pray in the Spirit, we will pray for the right things and in the right way. There will be joy and power in our prayer. In Mark Jesus says, "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. There must then be confident unwavering expectation. But there is a faith that goes beyond expectation, that believes that the prayer is heard and the promise granted. Let us say with all emphasis, it cannot be pumped up. Many a one reads this promise about the prayer of faith, and then asks for things that he desires and tries to make himself believe that God has heard the prayer. This ends only in disappointment, for it is not real faith and the thing is not granted.

It is at this point that many people make a collapse of faith altogether by trying to work up faith by an effort of their will, and as the thing they made themselves believe they expected to get is not given, the very foundation of faith is oftentimes undermined. But how does real faith come? Faith must have a warrant.

Trying to believe something that you want to believe is not faith. Believing what God says in His Word is faith. If I am to have faith when I pray, I must find some promise in the Word of God on which to rest my faith.

Faith furthermore comes through the Spirit.

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That is the difficulty with many an unanswered prayer to-day: the one who offers it is not obedient. If we would have power in prayer, we must be earnest students of His Word to find out what His will regarding us is, and then having found it, do it. One unconfessed act of disobedience on our part will shut the ear of God against many petitions. There are many things which it would be pleasing to God for us to do which He has not specifically commanded us. A true child is not content with merely doing those things which his father specifically commands him to do.

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