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from the Writings of William Fenton Tyree, Sr.
Some are teachers, some preachers, some deacons, elders or bishops. There are diversities of orders and occupations within the family of God, yet the one common and uniform exercise, enjoined upon us all, is prayer. No duty or privilege is so universal, and, perhaps, none is so imperfectly understood. "Prayer is the souls sincere desire, Uttered or unexpressed The motion of a hidden fire That trembles in the breast." "Prayer is the simplest form of speech That infant lips can try, Prayer, - the sublimest strains That reach the Majesty on high." Prayer, in its deepest sense, is a wordless attitude of the soul in waiting before God. No forms of human speech are full enough to become the vehicle for conveying the deepest emotions and sentiments of the soul. Prayer is an unutterable yearning for a fuller revelation of God in the heart and life of the supplicant and worshiper. Most of our praying is grounded in unconscious selfishness, - the dominance of our will, - the binding of the will of God to conform to our own desires. That is wrong. The heart and very substance of the Lord's prayer is bound up in the words "thy will be done." True prayer, therefore, is not so much petition as it is submission, - an unreserved yielding of our own wills to the will of God. And, after all, is not that the proper and becoming attitude. Surely, God knows what is best for us, and it is just as true that if we fully surrender ourselves to Him, - yield our wills to complete domination by His will, all things must then be right with us. The circumstances of our lives are not of primary importance to us. Sometimes we are succeeding when we seem to be failing. God is trying to make men and women out of us, - trying to save us. He is exhausting divine grace in the effort to bring us to yield our wills to His will. The question with you is not "What do I want to do?" but rather, "What does God want me to do in this matter?"
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