“Flame is the wing on which faith ascends; fervency is the soul of prayer. It was the ‘fervent, effectual prayer’ which availed much. Love is kindled in a flame, and ardency is its life. Flame is the air which true Christian experience breathes. It feeds on fire … True prayer must be aflame” (E. M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer, p. 31).
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.” James 5:16-18 (ESV)
“God draws mightily near to the praying soul. To see God, to know God, and to live for God—these form the objective of all true praying. Thus praying is, after all, inspired to seek after God. Prayer-desire is inflamed to see God, to have clearer, fuller, sweeter, and richer revelation of God” (E M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer, pp. 33-34).
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Father, our hearts’ desire is to draw closer to You, to behold Your beauty, to sit at Your footstool of mercy and behold Your throne of grace. Lord, God Almighty, set our hearts on fire for more of You. As we ponder Your goodness, righteousness, mercy, and grace, our hearts’ desires are kindled. May this summer be the turning point in our prayer lives. Lord, we wait upon You. We will diligently learn of You and fervently pray that the flame of Your divine love will become our breath. Amen.