The Secret Place of Prayer

Eugene Peterson stated, pray-1122915-m

“Prayer is the strongest help we can give one who is in danger or in need.

Our prayers are the means by which God brings about deliverance, provides protection, opens doors of acceptance, and releases joy. Nothing else we do counts as much.”1

“There is a place where thou canst touch the eyes
Of blinded men to instant, perfect sight;
There is a place where thou canst say, ‘Arise!’
To dying captives, bound in chains of night;

There is a place where thou canst reach the store
Of hoarded gold and free it for the Lord;
There is a place – upon some distant shore –
Where thou canst send the worker or the Word;

There is a place where Heaven’s resistless power
Responsive moves to thine insistent plea;
There is a place – a silent, trusting hour –
Where God Himself descends and fights for thee.

Where is that blessed place – dost thou ask ‘Where?’
O, Soul, it is the secret place of prayer.”2

In his book, The Hole in the Gospel, Richard Stearns related,

“A colleague of mine at World Vision, John Robb, once wrote, ‘Wherever in the world there is significant development – people coming to Christ, health improvements, economic opportunities, adoption of kingdom values – it is the direct result of Christians praying.’”3


  1. Pulpit Helps,  Chattanooga, TN;AMG, International, January, 1997
  2. All the Apostles of the Bible, Herbert Lockyer, p. 63 –
  3. Adelaide A. Pollard, “The Indian Christian,” Clarence Edward Macartney, The Greatest Words in the Bible and in Human Speech, Abingdon – Cokebury Press, New York and Nashville, Copyright MCMXXXVIII, p. 159

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