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THE Christian's reason for praying is that
God invites prayer; that He promises to
give to His children who talk to Him just
what they need for every day.
THE Christian's reason for praying is that
God invites prayer; that He promises to
give to His children who talk to Him just
what they need for every day.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jun 23, 2012
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WHY PRAY?BY JOH T. FARIS, D.D.THE Christian's reason for praying is thatGod invites prayer; that He promises togive to His children who talk to Him justwhat they need for every day. Those who pray inbelief in His power to help, and in readiness to dowhat God wants them to do, will receive just whatthey need and at the very time known to God asthe moment of greatest need. Yet if the thoughtsof too many Christians were put into words, theywould carry a meaning something like the queryby Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney:Among so many, can He care?Can special love he anywhere?A myriad homes — a myriad ways — And God's eye over every place?Try Him and see! It is possible to learn a lessonfrom the old Yorkshire farmer who, when the makerof a wordy, so-called prayer closed with the words,*'And now, O Lord, what more shall we say untoThee.?" felt irnpelled to interrupt, "Call him Feyther,mon, and ax for summat!"Mrs. Whitney gives the same advice. The secondstanza of her little poem reads:. . . My soul bethought of this:In just that very place of HisWhere He hath put and keepeth you,
God hath no other thing to do!Gilchrist, in his "Life of Wilham Blake," theEngHsh etcher and poet, has told of an artist friend5758 THE VICTORY LIFEwho sought Mr. Blake's advice in difficulty. "Whatdo you do when invention flags?" he asked. Turn-ing to Mrs. Blake, the poet asked, "What do we dothen, Kate?" "We kneel down and pray," wasthe reply.Is it any wonder that the lives of both Mr. andMrs. Blake were so full of strength and love andpeace ?Dr. Samuel McComb, in "The ew Life," quotesfrom a private letter written by a physician to hisnephew, which breathes the same belief in thereasonableness of prayer and tells of like results:"I stand here in my front yard and talk with God,when I feel like it, or when I am on the road any-where, silently or audibly. ... I can't see Him,but I can feel His presence just as I feel yours, oryour Dad's, or dear Tante Mary's, or your mother'spresence; and the thought and feeling I have of God ... is one of peace and grace and faith, of beauty, of love and of confidence. . . . Cultivatethe habit of prayer. Pray to the Great Spirit every

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