Pray till you pray!

While reading through an A.W. Tozer article this morning, I found this quote:

Dr. Moody Stuart, a great praying man of a past generation, once drew up a set of rules to guide him in his prayers. Among these rules is this one: “Pray till you pray.” The difference between praying till you quit and praying till you pray is illustrated by the American evangelist John Wesley Lee. He often likened a season of prayer to a church service, and insisted that many of us close the meeting before the service is over. He confessed that once he arose too soon from a prayer session and started down the street to take care of some pressing business. He had only gone a short distance when an inner voice reproached him. “Son,” the voice seemed to say, “did you not pronounce the benediction before the meeting was ended?” He understood, and at once hurried back to the place of prayer where he tarried till the burden lifted and the blessing came down.

Another illustration of praying till you pray occurs almost every morning in my personal devotion time to the Lord. I have learned that it takes me several minutes to give my undivided attention to the Lord. After that is accomplished, it takes several more minutes for me to get into the rhythm of praying, studying and reading.
Today I encourage you with the words of saint from times past, Moody Stuart, by saying, “Pray till you pray!”

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