This quote by Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1882), who was known as the "Prince of Preachers," gets to the heart of faith and prayer.
The precious promises of our great God are expressly intended to be taken to Him and exchanged for the blessings which they guarantee. Prayer takes the promise to the Bank of Faith and obtains the golden blessing. Mind how you pray. Make real business of it. Let it never be a dead formality. Some people pray a long time but do not get what they are supposed to ask for because they do not plead the promise in a truthful, business–like way. If you were to go into a bank and stand an hour talking to the clerk and then come out again without your cash, what would be the good of it? If I go to a bank, I pass my check across the counter, take up my money, and go about my business. That is the best way of praying. Ask for what you want, because the Lord has promised it. Believe that you have the blessing, and go forth to your work in full assurance of it. Go from your knees singing because the promise is fulfilled. Thus will your prayer be answered. It is not the length of your prayer, but the strength of your prayer which wins with God. The strength of prayer lies in your faith in the promise which you have pleaded before the Lord.
I love the idea of exchanging the precious promises of God for the blessings which they guarantee! Take time this weekend to look up some of God's promises and claim those promises as your own. Here are a few promises to get you started: Matthew 11:28-29, Romans 8:37-38, John 14:27, Ephesians 2:10, Philippians 1:6.
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