"What a man is on his knees before God in secret, that will he be before men: 
that much and no more." -Fred Mitchell

"Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom. If you may 
have everything by asking in His Name, and nothing without asking, I beg you
to see how absolutely vital prayer is." -C. H. Spurgeon

"Prayer - secret, fervent, believing prayer - lies at the root of all 
personal godliness." -William Carey

"There is absolutely no substitute for this secret communion with God. 
The public Church services, or even the family altar, cannot take the
 place of the 'closet' prayer. We must deliberately seek to meet with
 God absolutely alone..." - Gordon Cove

"Prayer meetings are dead affairs when they are merely asking sessions;
there is adventure, hope and life when they are believing sessions, and
the faith is corporately, practically and deliberately affirmed." 
- Norman Grubb

"I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God. The
lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. The stiff and
wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of
holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute
desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to
His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He 
waits so long, so very long, in vain." - A. W. Tozer

"Out of a very intimate acquaintance with D. L. Moody, I wish to testify
that he was a far greater pray-er than he was preacher. Time and time
again, he was confronted by obstacles that seemed insurmountable, but he
always knew the way to overcome all difficulties. He knew the way to bring
to pass anything that needed to be brought to pass. He knew and believed
in the deepest depths of his soul that nothing was too hard for the Lord,
and that prayer could do anything that God could do. " - R. A. Torrey.

"All great soul-winners have been men of much and mighty prayer, and all
great revivals have been preceded and carried out by persevering,
prevailing knee-work in the closet." - Samuel Logan Brengle
James the apostle of Lord Jesus Christ, said, "THE EFFECTUAL FERVENT

The disciples of Lord Jesus Christ asked Him - "Teach us to pray!"  

They could see the work and vitality of the praying of their Lord
and Master Jesus Christ.  They saw the practical results in His life's
work. And they wanted that very same blessing. 

Lord, teach us to pray" - "Teach me to pray", is one of the most sensible
and profound requests we can ask of our Heavenly Father.
It must be said that the method of prayer that Jesus used, is the 
only satisfactory method any disciple of Jesus Christ should use.
Jesus never used roasary beads.
Jesus did not pray to saints.
Jesus did not pray to His mother - Mary.
Jesus did not need to have pictures of certain persons before Him, or
little or big statues to assist Him in His vital work of prayer.
Jesus did not pray to Peter.

Jesus never used candles in His prayer time unless he used some form 
of light or lamp to read the Scriptures with.  But candles will not bring 
you closer to God, no more than a torch will or a serviette.  All you need
is the faith that only Jesus Christ can supply to you and that faith 
comes from hearing God's Word with an open heart.  That kind of faith DOES
NOT come through any frail word of man.
What Jesus had was a very intimate fellowship with His Heavenly
Father.  That is all we need friends.  A simple relationship - fellowship
with the Living God which is by faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
One may use the Holy Bible as a guide to pray from; anything else is
Jesus said - "Watch and pray".  "Watch with Me one hour".  "Watch and pray
lest you fall into temptation."

The Holy Bible has much to say about prayer and its necessity for those
who will be saved from their sins and it power, its curse and its final 
Prayer of the Jesus kind will prepare you for Heaven and your testimony 
of Jesus Christ in the here and now.  It will save you from eternal shame
and torment.  It will strengthen your spirit and change your way of 
Prayer of the Jesus kind is one of the hardest yet most rewarding of all 
Christian duties.  The flesh dos not want to be disciplined in the holy 
work of true Biblical prayer. The devil hates it when we get serious in
prayer before  the Living God. He will use every dirty trick in his arsenal
to stop, or delay or distract you and me from praying directly to God
through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
But our God is greater.
Will you cry out to God today - and ask Him - "Teach me to pray?"