by Stephen Whitney

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Series: Prayer
Stephen Whitney
Hebrews 4:16

On January 6, 1992 Newsweek Magazine published a six page article entitled, "Talking With God." The subtitle stated:
"For more and more Americans, worship services are no longer enough. They want the intimate contact of personal prayer."

The article said, "According to recent studies 78% of Americans
pray at least once a week and 57% pray everyday. The survey found that 91% of women and 85% of men pray at some time.
Even among the 13% of Americans who call themselves atheists,
1 out of 5 still prays daily, hoping that there really is a God who
hears them.

Some of the prayers are born in extremes: there are few atheists in cancer wards or unemployment lines. But in allegedly rootless, materialistic, self-centered America, there is also a hunger for a personal experience with God that prayer seeks to satisfy.

For book publishers, the intense interest in prayer has been a godsend. There are almost 2,000 books on prayer and meditation.
One Christian publisher said, "After the Bible, books on prayer are our biggest sellers."

The article closed with this statement. "The life of prayer, then, is a journey with God as well as toward God, a journey in which prayer becomes for those who pursue it as natural as breathing."

When President Ulysses S. Grant, former commander of the Union Armies and Civil War hero, lay dying in 1855 his old friend General Howard came to see him. Howard told his old chief, under whom he had fought, how much the people of the United States appreciated his work.

Grant seemed unimpressed. What had impressed him was the example of faith and prayer that General Howard had set before his fellow officers and soldiers. "Tell me," cut in the dying commander-in-chief, "tell me something more about prayer."
Prayer Defined
Charles Spurgeon wrote, "True prayer is an approach of the soul by the Spirit of God to the throne of God. It is not the utt ...

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