One of the things that was the most helpful to me was his many little titbits of exhortation to self examination. Our prayer really works as a yardstick of our relationship with God. If our prayers are wandering, aimless musings aloud; or if they are selfish, and out of focus, it really shows that our minds are not centred on God.
Torrey’s book addresses a multitude of issues, such as when to prayer, Praying without ceasing, and of course, how to pray. I highly recommend his work for believers and thoughtful readers; not to say that the book is complicated, for in reality it was one of the most simplistic and short spiritual books in my limited experience. (as a side note, the book contains a little edgy theology, but only a little. Remember, it was only written in the last century.)
Here are a select few of the good quotes from the book; they‘re all taken from the latter part, because that‘s where I started underlining:
[when speaking of selfishness in prayers for revival] “We should pray for revival because we cannot endure the dishonour of God caused by the worldliness of the Church, the sins of unbelievers, and the proud unbelief of the day….. So that God may be glorified by the outpouring of His Spirit on the church of Christ.”
“If there is anything that is constantly coming up in your moments of close communion with God, that is the thing that hinders prayer. Put it away.”
“Every child of God who wants to make the most out of his life for Christ should set apart the first part of the day to meet with God in the study of His word and prayer….the secret place of prayer is the place to fight our battles and gain our victories.”
“Our whole life should be a life of prayer. We should walk in constant communion with God. There should be a constant looking upward to God. We should walk so habitually in His presence that even when we awake in the night it would be the most natural thing for us to speak to him in thanksgiving or petition.”
“Satan is perfectly willing that the Church multiply its organizations and contrive machinery for the conquest of the world for Christ if it will only give up praying.”
I should have written more, but today’s schedule wouldn’t hear of it.