“The command Be ye perfect is not idealistic gas. Nor is it a command to do the impossible. He is going to make us into creatures that can obey that command. He said (in the Bible) that we were ‘gods’ and He is going to make good His words. If we let Him—for we can prevent Him, if we choose—He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, a dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in parts very painful, but that is what we are in for. Nothing less. He meant what He said.” -C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
“When as Christians today we assemble together for prayer, we appeal to the whole Christian community to support us in prayer.” -Hughes Oliphant Old
“the theological foundation of prayer is the doctrine of the Covenant.” -Hughes Oliphant Old
“Meanwhile, believers are called upon to pray for “kings an all that are in high place” (1 Tim. 2:2). Paul indicates by his repetition of synonyms how important he considers this duty: ‘supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings.’ We are to pray and supplicate before the face of God for His blessing on earthly government in her service in the world ‘that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and gravity.’ We are to ask God that He, through government, will bless our lives and spread His justice through the world so that life may have opportunity to expand in service to Him.” G.C. Berkouwer, The Providence of God, pg 121.