Prayer is a paradox.

Praying is a blending of complexity and simplicity.

As James Montgomery who lived from, 1771-1854 wrote:

“Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire, unuttered or expressed,
the motion of a hidden fire that trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the burden of a sigh, the falling of a tear,
the upward glancing of an eye, when none but God is near.

Prayer is the simplest form of speech that infant lips can try;
prayer is the sublimest strains that reach the Majesty on high.

Prayer is the contrite sinners’ voice, returning from their way,
while angels in their songs rejoice and cry, “Behold, they pray!”

Prayer is the Believers vital breath, the Believers native air;
their watchword at the gates of death; they enter heaven with prayer.

O Thou, by whom we come to God, the Life, the Truth, the Way:
the path of prayer thyself hast trod; Lord, teach us how to pray!”

J. Oswald Sanders noted:

Prayer is as appropriate to the aged philosopher as to the little child.

Prayer is the exclamation of a moment and the attitude of a lifetime.

Prayer is an agony and an ecstasy.

Prayer is the expression of the rest of faith and the fight of faith.

Prayer is submissive and yet persistent and tenacious .

Through prayer we in one moment lay hold of God and by prayer bind the devil.

Through prayer we can be focused on a single objective in one area.

Through prayer we can can roam the world and effect history.

Prayer can be forlorn submissive confession and prayer can be rapt adoration.

Praying invests puny individuals with a sort of omnipotence.

We’re forced to admit, We do not even know how we ought to pray.

But we’re deeply comforted, that the Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness…

Through our inarticulate groans the Spirit Himself is pleading for us,

So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid

The Spirit bears us up in our weakness;

We don’t know what prayer to offer.

We don’t know how to offer our prayers worthily as we ought,

The Spirit Himself connects with our prayers and pleads them in our behalf

He penetrates into the soul of our unspeakable yearnings

He permeates our groaning that are too deep for utterance.

And Jesus who searches our hearts knows what is in the mind of the Spirit

Christ delves into what the Spirits intent is inside of His promptings in us.

For the Spirit is interceding and pleading to God through us in harmony with God’s will.

We’re confident that God is our partner in our prayer labors.

We’re self assured that all things are working together into God’s special plan.

God has our best in His purposes. We love God.
We are called by God and through prayer His design and purpose are realized clearly.

Romans 8:26-28 paraphrased

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