Friday, March 04, 2016

Fervor in Prayer and Fruitfulness in Life

Yesterday I read a most-interesting quote from the nineteenth-century evangelist, Charles Finney. He said that whereas he had never seen someone pray so fervently that he sweat drops of blood (as did Jesus), he had seen someone pray so fervently that his nose bled. 

Wow! I'm not sure how that worked, but as I pondered this quote an important thought came to mind: as is our fervor in prayer so shall be our fruitfulness in life. 

We may not pray so intensely that our noses bleeds, but are we willing to sacrifice anything to press long and hard into the courts of the Lord? Are we willing to make the time to read our Father's will and discern our Father's heart and pray according to his purposes and promises for whatever he brings to mind? 

These are open questions but this much we should know: as is our fervor in prayer so shall be our fruitfulness in life. 

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