Prayer is a cry from the bare spot in our lives, from the empty space, from the part of us that is missing. It is the wounded part seeking to be healed, the missing part seeking to be found, the now-dry clay of the sculpture seeking the hands that first touched it, first caressed it, first loved it.
If we could remember that the divine mercy is not a temporary mood but an attribute of God's eternal being, we would no longer fear that it will someday cease to be. Nothing that has occurred or will occur in heaven or earth or hell can change the tender mercies of our God. Forever His mercy stands, a boundless, overwhelming immensity of divine pity and compassion.
--A. W. Tozer
God does not give as we do, a mere handout to the beggar, but He gives His wealth by handfuls. This is the divine habit. He not only redeems His promises, but when He might meet them in silver He prefers to pay them in gold.
If God should give my soul all he ever made or might make, apart from
himself, and giving it, he stayed away even by as much as a hairbreadth, my soul would not be satisfied.
In confession, we open our lives to the healing, reconciling, restoring,
uplifting grace of him who loves us in spite of what we are.
Do you accept the fact that the Bible's definition of grace -- God's
unmerited favor shown to people who are totally undeserving of it -- applies to you not only in salvation but in your everyday life? The meaning of grace never changes.
Cares and worries are manifold; therefore let your prayers be manifold. Turn everything that is a care into a prayer. Let your cares be the raw material of your prayers. As the alchemist hoped to turn dross into gold, you have the power to actually turn what naturally would have been a care into a spiritual treasure in the form of a prayer. Baptize every prayer into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and so make it into a blessing.
I am amazed and humbled to realize that an awesome, omnipotent, sovereign God would want to communicate with me. But that's one of the reasons He created us: He wants us to have fellowship with Him. People have tried to explain how to hear the voice of God. In my opinion, nobody has been able to describe it fully. I believe God's sheep know the Shepherd's voice by faith.
The Lord is my peace. I shall not live in anxiety. He puts me under his wing of comfort and calms my spirit within me. He takes all my anxieties on Himself and helps me to focus on Him. Yes, though I walk through a time of grave uncertainties and fierce anxieties, I will not fret-for You are my peace. Your Word and Your presence calm me now. You hold my uncertainties in the palm of Your hand. You soothe my anxious mind-You smooth my wrinkled brow. Surely serenity and trust in You shall fill me all the days of my life. And I shall keep my mind stayed on You forever.
I have learned that God's timing is not my timing in the big and little things about which I pray. Sometimes God keeps me persisting in prayer, becoming more fervent in my wrestling with Him, through days, months, even years. I just wait for His answer to come--when He decides it is time to send it. But He always answers. --Evelyn Christenson
Every child of God may come before the King at all times. The dead of night is not too late for God; the breaking of the morning, when the first gray light is seen, is not too early for the Most High; at midday He is not too busy; and when the evening gathers He is not too weary with His children's prayers. To pray continually is a most sweet and gracious permit to the believer to pour out his heart at all times before the Lord. The doors of the temple of divine love shall not be shut. Nothing can set a barrier between a praying soul and its God. The road of angels and of prayers is ever open. Let us but send out the dove of prayer and we may be certain that she will return to us with an olive branch of peace in her mouth. Evermore the Lord has regard for the pleadings of His servants and waits to be gracious to them. --Charles Spurgeon
Because the One to whom you pray is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, the Creator of heaven and earth, you come into His presence with reverence. But He is also your loving heavenly Father who cares for you and delights in having fellowship with you. Therefore you can enter into His presence with a relaxed, joyful heart, knowing that God loves you more than anyone else has ever loved you or will ever love you. --Bill Bright
Even when we cannot see the why and wherefore of God's dealings, we know that there is love in and behind them, and so we can rejoice always. --J. I. Packer
Trust God where you cannot face Him. Do not try to penetrate the cloud He brings over you; rather look to the bow that is on it. The mystery is God's; the promise is yours. --John MacDuff
We have ample evidence that the Lord is able to guide. The promises cover every imaginable situation. All we need to do is to take the hand He stretches out. --Elisabeth Elliot
It is a glorious thing to know that your father God makes no mistakes in directing or permitting that which crosses the path of your life. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter. It is our glory to trust him, no matter what.
--Joni Eareckson Tada
Desire toward God, and you will have desires from God. He will meet you on the line of those desires when you reach out in simple faith.
How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go to Him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven.
Faith recognizes the fact that God is in control of my life. Whether I
believe it or not, it's a fact that God is in control of the world. If I
don't believe it, I'm just robbing myself of the enjoyment of the fact.
When our hearts are tenderly responsive . . . and it suits His greater plan, then the Lord will lift the thin veil that separates us. And we will be stunned to realize that He has been closer than our own breath all along.
We are always seeking the reason. We want to know why. But God does not reveal His plan--He reveals Himself.
If it can be verified, we don't need faith . . . . Faith is for that which
lies on the other side of reason. Faith is what makes life bearable, with
all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.
The greater our present trials, the louder will our future songs be, and the more intense our joyful gratitude.
--Charles Haddon Spurgeon
In spiritual terms... drought can be frustrating, even frightening. We've
all experienced it-- times when we pray, but our supplications seem to
bounce off the ceiling. Times when the Scriptures remain silent, answers refuse to come, and the presence of God seems very far away. We long for the rain, the refreshing of God's spirit, the hope that's renewed with a sense of the Lord's nearness. We force ourselves to keep on praying. We fast and beg and storm the gates of heaven for some sign that the Lord has not abandoned us. But what we really need to do is wait. Wait and trust.
--Penelope J. Stokes
God's gift of faith and power are always adequate, no matter how desperate our situation has become. Exhaustion, frustration, tragedy may have burdened us down so that we despair of ever being free again. The pain may be unrelenting, the loss overwhelming, the loneliness damning. But God's power is great enough for our deepest desperation. You can go on. You can pick up the pieces and start anew. You can face your fears. You can find peace in the rubble. You can have courage. There is healing for your soul.
--Suzanne Dale Ezell
Our hope is based on a promise. God promised he would be "with us," not as an unseen ethereal force, but in the form of a person with a name: Jesus.
We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right,
our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God.
--St. Francis de Sales
With God, life is eternal-both in quality and length. There is no joy
comparable to the joy of discovering something new from God, about God.
To listen deeply; to listen with a tender, yielding heart; to listen
adventurously enough to be utterly surprised at what we hear; this we allneed to be able to do. We all need, in one way or another, at one time or another, to enter the desert and listen there mutely, intently for God.
--Wendy M. Wright
We do not have to "dress up," either inwardly or outwardly, when we come to God in prayer. We do not have to hide our anger, suppress our distress, or mask our irritability. It is all right to complain to God.
--Eugene H. Peterson
God bestows many things on us out of his liberality, even without our asking for them. But that he wishes to bestow certain things on us at our asking is for the sake of our good, that we may acquire confidence in having recourse to God, and that we may recognize in him the Author of our goods.
--Saint Thomas Aquinas