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Needs, Duties And Privileges

Philippians 4:19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

II Peter 1:3: According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Christians have needs, duties and privileges. In God*s economy, sometimes they are the same thing. Prayer and reading the Bible are two of the most important things that are needs, duties and privileges.

Prayer

I Thessalonians 5:17-18: Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Hebrews 4:16: Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Warren Wiersby: Prayer is helplessness casting itself on power.

Uncle Ben: True prayer is a way of life, not just a case of emergency.

Peter Dineka: Little prayer -- little power, much prayer -- much power, great prayer -- great power.

M. R. DeHaan: Prayer leaps over all barriers, stops at no distances and balks at no obstacles because it is in touch with the infinite resources of heaven. By prayer I can get on my knees and visit the missionaries in Africa, China and the North Pole in a flash of time. When I lay hold of the line of prayer I can move heaven and remove mountains. Even with our fastest mail, it takes days to reach people on the other side of the world, but by prayer I can reach them by way of the throne of grace in a moment. Prayer is omnipotent.

Unknown: The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.

Unknown:

I believe God answers prayer,
Answers always, everywhere;
I may cast my anxious care,
Burdens I could never bear,
On the God who heareth prayer.
Never need my soul despair
Since He bids me boldly dare
To the secret place repair,
There to prove He answers prayer.

Have You Prayed Today?

By Clyde Fleming

Prayers can*t be answered unless they are prayed:
Bills can*t be cancelled unless they are paid.
A race has no winner unless someone has run.
A task never started shall never get done.
A tree never planted can never take root,
Will never shade travelers nor bear any fruit.
The gist of the matter is this, I*m afraid:
Our prayers can*t be answered unless they are prayed!

Our wants and our needs are all known to the Lord:
But if we don*t ask, we are not in accord.
He*s dying to help us: in fact, Jesus did,
He can*t fill your jar til you open the lid!
He can*t dry my tears if I*m hiding my face,
He can*t say well done if I don*t run the race.
As trees without leaves cannot offer us shade:
Our prayers can*t be answered unless they are prayed.

How God and the Angels in heaven rejoice
When one of his children lifts up heart and voice.
The things we are praying God knows long before:
But praying*s the combo to Heavens* treasure store.
And God pours it out when a Saint kneels to pray;
So I*ll ask you again: Have you prayed yet today?
Give God your petitions and sweet accolades,
For prayers that are answered are prayers that are prayed!

Reading The Bible

II Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Abraham Lincoln: I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Saviour of the world is communicated to us through this book.

Napoleon: The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.

John Ruskin: Whatever merit there is in anything that I have written is simply due to the fact that when I was a child my mother daily read me a part of the Bible and daily made me learn a part of it by heart.

Patrick Henry: The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed.

Robert E. Lee: In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.

Lord Tennyson: Bible reading is an education in itself.

Immanuel Kant: The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity.

Two big questions: Man says, God, I have prayed and prayed and prayed. Why don*t you answer?

God says, Man, I have answered and answered and answered. Why don*t you listen?

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