“Our goal in prayer is to learn what the Holy Spirit desires to do and then to allow the Spirit to express that longing through us.”
-Aletha Hinthorn

“Much intercession is really sustained unbelief. People keep praying because they don’t believe God is actually at work.”
-Rolland Baker

“Let your prayer be so definite that you can say as you leave the prayer closet, ‘I know what I have asked from the Father, and I expect an answer.'”
-Andrew Murray

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him.”
-1 John 5:14-15

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About Jennie Joy

I'm a lover and truth-seeker. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, struggles, and sincere searchings as I get to know God and welcome the reality of His kingdom in and through me.

3 responses »

  1. Becca says:

    "Much intercession is really sustained unbelief. People keep praying because they don't believe God is actually at work."This quote, or the idea behind it, has given me reason to pause a lot these past couple of years. I have a couple of things I've prayed for a long time, and nothing seems to happen. I know that, personally, I don't now and never did expect anything. Some say that something about praying for things repeatedly builds our faith, so for a while, I kept praying. Then I decided that whether prayer built faith or not, I didn't want to pray for things I expected nothing of, so I quit. While I had been praying, it was because I expected nothing: I fit the above quote perfectly.That said, I don't think one can rule out the possible need to pray for something for a long time. Jesus himself urged perseverance more than once. The question is if the perseverance is done out of patient belief, or out of persistent unbelief. As I pray for my couple more things that I fully expect an answer to, but which have as yet received none, I must continue to search my heart: have I stopped believing? And because my heart is deceiful above all else, I must ask the Holy Spirit to search it for me. "Let your prayer be so definite that you can say as you leave the prayer closet, 'I know what I have asked from the Father, and I expect an answer.'"Proverbs says in many places that even a fool is counted wise if he keeps his mouth shut. Some people talk on and on, and by the time they stop, no one, including themselves, know what they just said. In few words, there can be much wisdom. The same, I think, goes for prayer. Let not your prayers be so long that you know not what you asked. Have you heard of that guy who was famous (but I forget his name), and one time he was asked why his prayers were always so short? He said, "I believe I have a father who hears me." He prayed what he wanted, and no more. He didn't need to. This story ties the two quotes above together nicely. He had faith that his father heard, and he prayed specifically; his prayers were short, and effective. So should we all strive to let ours be.

  2. Becca says:

    Wow, I wrote a mini-paper!

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