I urge you, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. – 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)

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Once, after I prayed aloud in one meeting for worship, a member of that Meeting’s ministry and counsel committee told me she doesn’t believe in a God who cares for the little sparrow. Where does a hungry or injured member in a meeting like that turn for guidance?

When it comes to turning to prayer, many people today have no idea of where to begin in this practice, much less of its power and profundity. Although I had heard many prayers before coming among Ohio Friends, I had never experienced prayer until the morning Thomas Cooper got down on his knees at Middleton – and the message seemed to come down from Heaven as well as rising to the throne of God. We do have much to share here.

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And this Light of the unerring Spirit, by which the Lord leads his People in the Way everlasting, it shineth within, It shineth in the Darkness, though the Darkness comprehend it not, as saith the Apostle. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)

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