“Stunted, Dwarfish, Clipped” Prayers: The Malady of Our Age

Wednesday is for Prayer

“I am afraid the private devotions of many are most painfully scanty and limited; just enough to prove they are alive and no more. They really seem to want little from God. They seem to have little to confess, little to ask for, and little to thank him for. Alas, this is altogether wrong. Nothing is more common than to hear believers complaining that they do not get on. They tell us that they do not grow in grace as they could desire. Is it not rather to be suspected that many have quite as much grace as they ask for? Is it not the true account of many, that they have little, because they ask little? The cause of their weakness is to be found in their own stunted, dwarfish, clipped, contracted, hurried, narrow, diminutive prayers. They have not because they ask not (James 4:2).” 

—J. C. Ryle in,
A Call to Prayer:
An Urgent Plea to Enter into the Secret Place,
p. 24-25.

“Oh Lord God, I so resemble what Dr. Ryle warns about here. “Stunted, dwarfish, clipped, contracted, hurried, narrow, diminutive prayers” is a perfect description of my hurried and shallow life of prayer. I have not because I ask not. Oh God, forgive me for not trusting you more and help me to develop the passion for prayer that will produce great glory for you. In the matchless name of Christ, who ever intercedes for his church, I ask this. Amen.”


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