A Call To Prayer
by J C Ryle
Explanatory Notes & Expanded Teachings: By Rev Donald. R. Davis.
At Time of Publishing: Donald is The Vicar of St Luke’s Church, West Norwood London.
Foreword: By Don Davis.
Although it’s written by a Bishop, don’t let that put you off, because “A Call To Prayer” is written with ordinary sincere Christians in mind. It was J. C. Ryle’s contention that far too few Born Again Christians actually engage in regular daily prayer and meeting up with the Lord Jesus Christ, excusing themselves with the stress on being saved by God’s Grace and not by works. Which is what both Ryle and I believe wholeheartedly. However, when Christians neglect prayer the are foolishly denying themselves the very POWER to actually live the Christian life the way that the LORD intends. We are indeed saved by God’s Grace, but it’s through faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. We’re not saved by any good works, but we are saved to do the good works the Lord has prepared in advance for us, part of His calling is to PRAY as well as countless other things we’re called to do. However without prayer everything else will be powerless and futile, because as Jesus has declared in so many ways, “Apart from Me you can do nothing” i.e. not good thing.
It’s my intention to publish this work over a period of weeks, breaking the Pamphlet down into manageable chapters. I fully recognise that some of Ryle’s use of language may be quite antiquated and will require interpretation for a modern audience, but the content will remain authentic. Any amendments or explanations will be easily identifiable. Also it’s my humble opinion that Ryle’s work is much needed today as it was when published over a hundred years ago, probably even more so, because we’ve seen such a decline in dedicated church attendance and personal private prayer. I know this, because I’m a Pastor who asks people regularly, “How’s your personal prayer life?” Most will say that they pray regularly, some every single day, but upon further inquiry as to the content of their prayers and what format it takes, I’ve found in the vast majority of cases that it tends to be like those of Christopher Robin’s prayers:
Therefore, I hope you enjoy Ryle’s “Call To Prayer” and my notes and explanations. It’s my intention, hope and prayer that you’ll be fired up, enthused and excited about your own prayer time with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition you’ll see new power in your walk in the Spirit and fulfillment in your own calling as a devoted Christian. You’ll gain a new love for all things in the normal Christian life, as the Bible sees it; Worship, Prayer, Fellowship with the Saints, Discipleship, Bible Study, Evangelism, Pastoral Care, Counselling, Visiting the sick and those who are alone at home.
Some Christians don’t feel able to serve Jesus today. They think they don’t know enough, they’re not educated enough. Well if that’s the case with you my friends, then you are in excellent company:
Acts 4:13 “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realised that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
One of the marks of an powerful Christian, even today, is that they spend time with Jesus. The Disciples had been with Jesus for three years, that’s not a long time, but it was only after Jesus had died and ascended into Heaven and the Holy Spirit had indwelt them, then they were transformed. You too will be transformed by God’s Holy Spirit; You’ll be set ablaze with God’s Glory, because you’ll be daily in His presence and your heart’s desire will be to serve Him in many different ways in the world and look forward to His coming or your going home to be with Him for all eternity. When they observed the disciples and their courage, they were astonished.
If you heed it, “A Call To Prayer” will change your Christian life and you will astonish the world.
Your LOVE for the LORD will explode into a POWERFUL lifelong Ministry.
Follow the LINKS below to the Chapters: Each chapter will in turn link to the next and back to this index page.
A Call To Prayer
by J. C. Ryle.