5. Prayer is available to anyone.
“We cannot all be leaders, but we can all be pleaders” (An All-Round Ministry, 314).
“God is ready to open this door. Remember, there is no cherub with fiery sword to guard this gate” (MTP 29:303).
“You feel on a sudden, possibly in the midst of business, the pressing thought that you must retire to pray” (MTP 11:148, italics in the original).
6. Prayer is our spiritual thermometer.
“Prayer is the thermometer of grace” (MTP 37:95).
“Power in prayer is very much the gauge of our spiritual condition” (MTP 34:19).
“The act of prayer teaches us our unworthiness” (MTP 9:243).
7. Prayer prepares us for praise.
“Prayer is the breathing in of the air of heaven, and praise is the breathing of it out again” (MTP 44:577).
“The prayers of the church measure its prosperity” (MTP 28:547).
“I believe that God’s church might have inconceivable blessings if she were but ready now to pray” (MTP 28:551).
“Praise should always follow answered prayer, as the mist of Earth’s gratitude rises when the sun of Heaven’s love warms the ground” (MTP 9:247).
8. Prayer raises godly children.
“Parents prayed for me; God heard their cries, and here I am to preach the gospel” (MTP 11:150).
“I am sure we cannot expect our children to grow up a godly seed if there is no family prayer” (MTP 61:526).
9. Prayer helps us prevail.
“He who can truly pray has first read the heart of God, and then spoken out what is there. Prayer overcometh the Eternal” (MTP 48:491).