What is prayer? Here’s a unique answer found in the papers of the puritan Philip Henry, father of the Bible Commentator, Matthew Henry. As he missed out a couple of letters, I’ve supplied them and marked them with *.
A. Access to the Father.
B. Breath of the new creature.
D. Desires that should be offered up to God by us.
E. Enemy to every evil work and way.
F. Friend to faith and godliness.
G. Guard against all temptations.
H. Heart’s ease.
I. Incense in the nose of God.
J. Jesus-stamped petitions.*
K. Key, to unlock all our treasure.
L. Letter to heaven.
M. Music in the ears of God.
N. Nurse of holy joy.
O. Ordinance of all ordinances.
Q. Quickener to all holy obedience.
R. Remedy against care and fear.
S. Salve for every sore.
T. Terror to the devils.
U. Undoing of the devil’s kingdom.*
V. Voice of the Spirit of God.
W. Wrestling with God.
Y. Yielding of ourselves to God in holy obedience.
Z. Zion’s artillery against all the Zamzummims of the world (Deut. 2:20).