I’ve had prayer and piety (holiness) on my mind quite a lot lately. As I was sitting here this fine Saturday afternoon, thoughts were flooding my mind on what exactly piety is. It almost seems a foreign thought to most who call on the name of Christ, yet it was something on the minds of the puritans. Matter of fact, the puritans seemed to embody piety. Prayer and piety seem to go hand in hand as you really cannot have one without the other. So, as I’m sitting here thinking about all of this, I come across this quote by Lloyd-Jones and wanted to share it.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones “Always respond to every impulse to pray. The impulse to pray may come when you are reading or when you are battling with a text. I would make an absolute law of this – always obey such an impulse. Where does it come from? It is the work of the Holy Spirit (Phil 2:12-13). This often leads to some of the most remarkable experiences in the life of the minister. So never resist, never postpone it, never push it aside because you are busy. Give yourself to it, yield to it; and you will find not only that you have not been wasting time with respect to the matter with which you are dealing but that actually it has helped you greatly in that respect. You will experience an ease and a facility in understanding what you were reading, in thinking, in ordering matter for a sermon, in writing, in everything which is quite astonishing. Such a call to prayer must never be regarded as a distraction; always respond to it immediately, and thank God if it happens to you frequently.” (Preaching & Preachers, 170-171)