Monday, July 6, 2009

Famous quotes on prayer

“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” (Samuel Chadwick)

"More things are wrought by prayer than this word dreams of."
(Alfred Lord Tennyson)

"God does nothing except in response to believing prayer." (John Wesley, famous evangelist who spent two hours daily in prayer)

"The greatest thing anyone can do for God or man is pray." (S.D. Gordon)

"You can do more than pray after you have prayed; but you can never do more than pray until you have prayed." (A.J. Gordon)

"If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer." (Martin Luther)

"Prayers are heard in heaven in proportion to our faith. Little faith gets very great mercies, but great faith still greater." (Spurgeon)

"The most important thing a born-again Christian can do is to pray." (Chuck Smith)

"Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers." (Sidlow Baxter)

"The little estimate we put on prayer is evidence from the little time we give to it." (E.M. Bounds)

“God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world, the better the world will be; the mightier the forces against evil.” (E.M. Bounds)

"Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still." (E.M. Bounds)

"The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day." (E.M. Bounds)

"God's cause is committed to men; God commits Himself to men. Praying men are the vice-regents of God; they do His work and carry out His plans." (E.M. Bounds)

"No learning can make up for the failure to pray. No earnestness, no diligence, no study, no gifts will supply its lack." (E.M. Bounds)

“Prayer is where the action is." (John Wesley)

"Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying." (Paul E. Billheimer)

"Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Christian on his knees." (William Cowper)

"0h brother, pray; in spite of Satan, pray; spend hours in prayer; rather neglect friends than not pray; rather fast, and lose breakfast, dinner, tea, and supper - and sleep too - than not pray. And we must not talk about prayer, we must pray in right earnest." (Andrew A. Bonar)

"Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees." (Corrie ten Boom)

"The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God's standing challenge, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not!'" (J. Hudson Taylor)




















I received the above photos in an e-mail along with this description:
"Our house was built in the deer's natural habitat in a remote rural area. Well worn deer trails cut through the property's abundant pine and sage. The oldest deer we've met (we call her Mama Rose) walked right up to us when we first arrived, sniffing and looking us over. Rose smelled some almonds in my pocket so I gave her a few. We gave some almonds to her family a few other times but stopped the practice when advised that feeding deer is illegal. Even so, that didn't stop them from regular visits. Rose and her kin obviously think the yard belongs to them as much as anyone else, and they are just taking advantage of the wealth of natural foods growing everywhere. They especially like clover flowers, but it's amazing to see the variety of tasty flowers, leaves, twigs, nuts and berries they'll eat. They stay away from herbs and herbal flowers, but on occasion we've seen young deer eating the sweet medicinal berries of the Juniper tree. Food is of course a major concern, but we also think they visit because they like our company. Often we see deer we don't know nibbling in the yard, but nearly everyday some or many of Rose's extended family come by. All of the deer are likely to lay down on the grass and hang out, whether we know them well or not. Many of them know us personally, and while often running into the yard to greet us with their quiet enthusiasm, they will also swiftly shy away from strangers. Although notoriously skittish, able to leap meters in the air in an instant when startled, a few deer we know, most notably Eva and her kids, will let us touch them as if we were family, letting us scratch them or pick something out of their fur. Eva even enjoys a hearty backrub! We've certainly learned a lot about how to act around them so as not to disturb them. We think they appreciate our efforts in fitting into their neighborhood."

With some quick research, I found the same photos and story, along with additional photos, on the following website:
http://www.pelorian.com/deer.html

9 comments:

satire and theology said...

“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” (Samuel Chadwick)

Well stated.

satire and theology said...

"If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer." (Martin Luther)

Perhaps a Luther overstatement (not the first I suppose) but still something to think about.

thekingpin68 said...

“Prayer is where the action is." (John Wesley)

Good one.

satire and theology said...

Mom, just sent me this...

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God made man before woman so as to give him time to think
Of an answer for her first question.

kingpinned said...

"Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees." (Corrie ten Boom)

I have to agree with the appointment idea.

Jeff said...

satire and theology said...

"If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer." (Martin Luther)

Perhaps a Luther overstatement (not the first I suppose) but still something to think about.



Why do you think it's an overstatement? Remember that Luther was extremely religious before he was saved, and was seeking God hard, with rigorous discipline, though he was in deep despair over his sin and frustrated as to how to resolve things between him and God. So he probably spent long hours in prayer even before he was saved.

God made man before woman so as to give him time to think
Of an answer for her first question.



Yeah, I've heard that one. I've long thought that men fight with their fists, because they are the stronger sex, and are supposed to be the protectors. But women, as the weaker sex, fight with their words. Having taken a number of different styles of martial arts, I have learned to fight physically, but fighting with words (orally) was never my strong point. Not because I wasn't smart, but because I was always more introverted. However, as far as defending myself in writing (vs. orally), blogging has helped me a lot in this area.

Years ago, I made up this:
God made woman from one of man's ribs, and she has been a pain in the side ever since.

A bit condescending (but then, so is the one you sent, and so are most of them that deal with men vs. women), and maybe a bit corny too.

Hey, Russ, thank you very much for all the comments!

thekingpin68 said...

Thanks, Jeff.

With Luther, who is to say how much prayer one needs in the morning to be effective. Three hours in the morning may work for someone in the monastic lifestyle, but would not work for most in the Western world, for example. Nice nature photos.:)

Jeff said...

thekingpin68,

Three hours in the morning may work for someone in the monastic lifestyle, but would not work for most in the Western world, for example.


I admit, it would take a lot of discipline, and getting up quite early.

Nice nature photos.:)


Thanks. I figured they would add to the post.

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