Here is a photo taken on Saturday, December 22, 2007, when Nora and I visited the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The series of 59 photos begin on December 26, 2007 and end on February 22, 2008.
Here are a few gems from Rev. E.M. Bound’s 12th chapter of his book ‘The Necessity of Prayer.’ The 12th chapter is called ‘Prayer & The Word of God’. As always, I’m quoting the parts of the chapter that spoke the loudest to me.
GOD’S Word is a record of prayer-of praying men and their achievements, of the Divine warrant of prayer and of the encouragement given to those who pray. No one can read the instances, commands, examples, multiform statements which concern themselves with prayer, without realizing that the cause of God, and the success of His work in this world is committed to prayer; that praying men have been God’s vicegerents on earth; that prayerless men have never been used of Him.
As God’s house is called “the house of prayer,” because prayer is the most important of its holy offices; so by the same token, the Bible may be called the Book of Prayer. Prayer is the great theme and content of its message to mankind.
When we consult God’s Word, we find that no duty is more binding, more exacting, than that of prayer.
To know God’s will in prayer, we must be filled with God’s Spirit, who maketh intercession for the saints, and in the saints, according to the will of God. To be filled with God’s Spirit, to be filled with God’s Word, is to know God’s will. It is to be put in such a frame of mind, to be found in such a state of heart, as will enable us to read and interpret aright the purposes of the Infinite. Such filling of the heart, with the Word and the Spirit, gives us an insight into the will of the Father, and enables us to rightly discern His will, and puts within us, a disposition of mind and heart to make it the guide and compass of our lives.