While looking for something totally unrelated I stumbled onto this quote about prayer which I found quite interesting and which I totally agree with:
“Satan dreads nothing but prayer.
The church that lost its Christ was full of good works.
Activities are multiplied that meditation may be ousted,
and organizations are increased that prayer may have no chance.
Souls may be lost in good works, as surely as in evil ways.
The one concern of the Devil is to keep the saints from praying.
He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion.
He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom,
But trembles when we pray!”
Samuel Chadwick (1860-1932)
Please note that Samuel Chadwick was a Wesleyan. Being a Reformed Baptist I would disagree for example with his Arminianism and his view of the “second blessing”. (One can believe in personal revival – experiencing a greater fullness of the Holy Spirit ALREADY RECEIVED ONCE FOR ALL BY A TRULY BORN-AGAIN BELIEVER – without adhering to “second blessing” theology.) But knowing that Arminians when they pray do pray like Calvinists without knowing it (e.g. when they pray for God to save a person) I’m sure that Mr. Chadwick may have written many good things (like the previous quote) about prayer. He did write a book about prayer which I have not yet read (except for the interesting preface) but I’m sure which may contain some gems (and no doubt some Arminian stubble… 1st Thessalonians 5:21).