by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
October 11, 1907---November 30, 1994
I Samuel 3:10

"Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth. I am listening
to hear what You have to say, and obey it." We cannot
make it without God's help, friends. Why is it that
servicemen realized it in the heat of the conflict?
Why do men in sudden danger pray? Now Prayer is a
reality. Is it a reality to you? Does it help you? Is
it a sustaining force in your personal life? Do you
call on God with results? Can you say with the
Psalmist, "I called; I am helped"?

What is Prayer? Someone may say, "It is the offering
of our desires unto God." Is that all? Another may
say, "It is a wish turned Godward." Is that all? A man
of God said, "Prayer is a sincere, sensible,
pouring-out of the soul to God, through Christ." Yes,
prayer is a pouring-out. But is it just a pouring-out?
No, it is a taking-in, a receiving. In prayer we are
not only blessed by giving but by receiving.

You may say, "Brother Hendley, I pray, but nothing
happens." I doubt you! When a person really PRAYS,
something ALWAYS happens! If you pray, something
happens IN you and OUT of you. No man ever seeks God
in vain. No man ever truly seeks God without effect,

What is prayer, then? A sense of need? Yes, but also
an answer to that need. Prayer is power. Prayer brings
God down to earth. Prayer brings His power into our
battle. Prayer is friendship with God, adoration,
fellowship, and intercession. It is above all
communing with God. It is fellowshipping with God.

When you kneel in prayer, does your prayer bring only
an echo? Or is there Another Voice answering you? Can
you say, "He speaks, and the sound of His voice is so
sweet the birds hush their singing." Do you hear the
sweetness of His voice? Do you know the sweetness of
His Presence? Have you been still enough in prayer to
know the Voice of God? Thousands testify that He has
spoken t ...

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