Quotes about PrayerThe following quotes are from "If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray?" by Kent Crockett (Hendrickson Publishers 2016)available at CBD.com and Amazon.com
Learning From a Child
A little girl was about to undergo a dangerous operation. Just before the doctor administered the anesthetic, he said, "Before we can make you well, we must put you to sleep."
The girl responded, "Oh, if you are going to put me to sleep, then I must say my prayers first."
She closed her eyes, and said:" Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake; I pray the Lord my soul to take. And this I ask for Jesus' sake. Amen."
Later on the surgeon admitted that he prayed that prayer that night for the first time in thirty years. --Donald L. Deffner, Seasonal Illustrations as cited on www.eSermons.com
4 Ways God Answers PrayerGod usually answers prayer in one of four ways: yes, no, wait, and “you do not know what you are asking for!” (Mark ). (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 138)
The Lords Prayer (edited)
Although many people love to recite the Lord’s Prayer, not many love to forgive their debtors. So they edit the Lord’s Prayer, changing the parts they don’t like.
The Lord’s Prayer, RSV (Revised Several Verses)
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts . . .*
And do not lead us into temptation**
but deliver us from evil***
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
* Deleted from original prayer: “as we also have forgiven our debtors”
** Except when we want to be tempted
*** Only the scary kind of evil
(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint,
If God Knows What I Need Why Should I Pray?Kent Crockett's Book "If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray?" explains the 4 purposes for prayer and why some things will not happen unless we pray. AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM and CBD.COM
Part 1: How Prayer Works
Chapter 1 What If We’ve Been Doing It All Wrong?
Chapter 2 The Four Purposes of Prayer
Chapter 3 Your Concept of God Determines Your Faith
Chapter 4 Able + Willing = Answer
Chapter 5 Not “How” But “Who”
Chapter 6 The Natural Realm vs. the Spiritual Realm
Chapter 7 The Object of Your Faith
Chapter 8 Unclogging the Pipeline
Chapter 9 When Will the Answer Come?
Chapter 10 Knock, Knock
Chapter 11 How Heaven Sees Prayers
Chapter 12 “In Jesus’ Name” Doesn’t Mean Sincerely Yours
Chapter 13 God Wants to Speak to You
Chapter 14 Why Prayers Aren’t Answered Like You Asked
Part 2: Answers to Questions
Chapter 15 If I pray for wisdom, how do I know when I get it?
Chapter 16 Why does God want me to pray for my enemies?
Chapter 17 If more people pray is it more likely to be answered?
Chapter 18 If I pray without ceasing, when do I sleep?
Chapter 19 How are we to pray in restaurants?
Part 3: Praying Specific Requests
Chapter 20 Praying to be Saved
Chapter 21 Praying for Provision
Chapter 22 Praying for Protection
Chapter 23 Praying to Get Through Devastation
Chapter 24 Praying for Healing
Chapter 25 Praying for Others
Thy Will Be Changed
Sometimes we pray "Thy will be changed" rather than "Thy will be done." (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook,