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Lord, thank you for the power of prayer. We come to you Jesus, poor in spirit. Teach us how to pray like how you taught your disciples to pray. Thank you for who you are.

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I have been compiling a collection of prayer quotes from lesser-known authors. As I was preparing to donate my collection of five hundred books on prayer to the Southwestern Baptist Seminary Library, I got to wondering who all these authors were. A few were recognizable, but most were unknown, at least to me. I decided to scan all the books before releasing them, to see what I, or some previous owner, had underlined or highlighted, thus my collection of quotes. One of my favorite quotes is from a book published in 1954 entitled, “The Practice and Power of Prayer” by John Sutherland Bonnell, whose name I did not immediately recognize. A bit of Google research reminded me that he was the twenty-six-year pastor of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, whose Sunday sermons were regularly reported in the New York newspapers. The quote: “The secret of the victorious march of the Early Church across the Roman world is found in its belief in and practice of prayer . . . These early Christians were spiritual conductors, and God manifested himself mightily in their lives . . . The need of the hour in our churches is more prayer . . . that they may become a pulsating, dynamic, spiritual power.” The quote could have come from any pastor, of any church, in any denomination, in any location, in any day. The need of the hour in today’s churches is still “prayer, that produces a pulsating, dynamic spiritual power.” The need of the hour in our churches is still “more prayer . . . that they may become a pulsating, dynamic, spiritual power.” After all, “The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect” (James 5:16, HCSB).

What had the Lord been teaching you about prayer recently? Let us know in the comments below!

(Used with permission. Read more at Prayer Network. Article written by Dan R. Crawford. Photo by Canva)

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Susan CC
June 13, 2021

PRAYER ALERT: Please pray against the passage of The Women’s Health Protection Act and those who would support it.

The Women’s Health Protection Act was introduced Thursday by Democratic U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. It would guarantee a woman’s right to get an abortion in the U.S. even if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

A House version was introduced by Democratic U.S. Reps. Judy Chu of California; Lois Frankel of Florida; Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts; and Veronica Escobar of Texas..

This bill would eviscerate state bans on late-term abortions and those sought for sex selection or to eliminate a child with a prenatal diagnosis of a disability, such as Down syndrome. The bill would also outlaw federal conscience protections regarding abortion and restrictions on government funding of abortion on demand.

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    Susan CC
    June 13, 2021

    Richard Blumenthal
    706 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington DC 20510

    Tammy Baldwin
    709 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington DC 20510
    Judy Chu
    2423 Rayburn HOB
    Washington, DC 20515

    Lois Frankel
    2305 Rayburn HOB
    Washington, DC 20515

    Ayanna Pressley
    1108 Longworth HOB
    Washington, DC 20515

    Veronica Escobar
    1505 Longworth HOB
    Washington, DC. 20515

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J Kingma
June 13, 2021

Dear Lord, set our hearts on fire praying — across our nation and across the world, send Your people to their knees. Give us perseverance. Give us bold goals. Flood our lives with Your Spirit so that we have to pray! In Jesus’ precious Name.

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