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Ryle on Prayer

July 12, 2010
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In his booklet A Call to Prayer, J. C. Ryle offers some insightful challenges to us to be people of prayer. Here are a couple excerpts:

What is the reason that some believers are so much brighter and holier than others? I believe the difference, in nineteen cases out of twenty, arises from different habits about private prayer. I believe that those who are not eminently holy pray little, and those who are eminently holy pray much.

Tell me what a man’s prayers are, and I will soon tell you the state of his soul. Prayer is the spiritual pulse. By this the spiritual health may be tested. Prayer is the spiritual weatherglass. By this we may know whether it is fair or foul with our hearts.

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