Prayer: Not Only Words, But Desires

“Mind quite unfitted for devotion. Prayerless prayer.”
– Robert Murray M’Cheyne, The Biography of Robert Murray M’Cheyne, Kindle edition, location 283.

“When thou prayest, rather let thy hearts be without words, than thy words without a heart.”
– John Bunyan, Complete Works of John Bunyan, Kindle edition, location 5686.

“In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears…”
Hebrews 5:7

“A spiritual prayer is when the heart and spirit pray; there are not only words but desires. It is excellent when a man can say, ‘Lord, my heart prays.’ Hannah ‘prayed in her heart’ (1 Sam. 1:13). The sound of a trumpet comes from within and the excellent music of prayer comes from within the heart. If the heart does not accompany duty, it is speaking, not praying.”
– Thomas Watson, The Godly Man’s Picture (East Peoria: Banner, 2009), 89, emphasis mine.

When you pray, are you actually praying or simply speaking?

2 thoughts on “Prayer: Not Only Words, But Desires

    1. Yeah, I found these to be particularly stirring. The quote you shared reminds me of Keith Green’s song “Make My Life a Prayer to You.”

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