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The “means of grace” are such as Bible reading, private prayer, and regularly worshipping God in church, wherein one hears the Word taught and participates in the Lord’s Supper. I lay it down as a simple matter of fact that no one who is careless about such things must ever expect to make much progress in sanctification.

– J.C. Ryle, Holiness 

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On Acts 4:23-31 (which I’m preaching in a few weeks), Eckhard Schnabel says this regarding the NT pattern of prayer as a habit of God’s people:

“If sustained prayer is eliminated from ‘worship services’ on Sunday mornings because they are deemed unattractive for ‘seekers’ who expect to be entertained, or awkward for churchgoers who expect to be guided through a fast-paced program, the risen Lord may well be knocking at the door–from the outside (Rev 3:20).”

From Acts, ZECNT (Zondervan 2012), p. 261.

Also this: “Christians who do not pray regularly and consistently are a contradiction in terms — they deny what they profess, that they have been reconciled with God (with whom they do not want to spend time), that they follow in the steps of Jesus (who prayed), and that they have received the Holy Spirit (who is God’s presence, which is experienced in prayer).” (p.262).

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