Today is my brother's birthday. My extended family is praying for him today. We all stopped at 10:00 to pray for him at the same time. He desperately needs our prayers. I know that we don't realize how powerful prayer is. Here are a couple of stories and quotes that I found on prayer.
“Up in a little town in Maine, things were pretty dead some years ago. The churches were not accomplishing anything. There were a few Godly men in the churches, and they said: 'Here we are, only uneducated laymen; but something must be done in this town. Let us form a praying band. We will all center our prayers on one man. Who shall it be?' They picked out one of the hardest men in town, a hopeless drunkard, and centered all their prayers upon him. In a week, he was converted. They centered their prayers upon the next hardest man in town, and soon he was converted. Then they took up another and another, until within a year, two or three hundred were brought to God, and the fire spread out into all the surrounding country. Definite prayer for those in the prison house of sin is the need of the hour.” Dr. R.A. Torrey
"The true church lives and moves and has its being in prayer." Leonard Ravenhill
"As is the business of tailors to make clothes and cobblers to make shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray." Martin Luther
"Prayer breaks all bars, dissolves all chains, opens all prisons, and widens all straits by which God's saints have been held." E. M. Bounds
Prayer "is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings." Chrysostom
“One day George Mueller began praying for five of his friends. After many months, one of them came to the Lord. Ten years later, two others were converted. It took 25 years before the fourth man was saved. Mueller persevered in prayer until his death for the fifth friend, and throughout those 52 years he never gave up hoping that he would accept Christ! His faith was rewarded, for soon after Mueller’s funeral the last one was saved.”