Thursday, 27 March 2014

Prayer.

regularly updated list of statements/quotes/illustrations around the importance and significance of prayer.

D.L. Moody once said: Every move of God can be traced back to a kneeling figure. (picked up form Joel Virgo)

Arthur Wallis: any move of God will last as long as the Spirit of prayer that inspired it.

A Christian sees more on his knees than a philosopher does on his tip toes.
All hell is vanquished when the believer bows his knee in importunate supplication, Beloved brethren, let us pray. We cannot all argue, but we can all pray; we cannot all be leaders but we can all be pleaders; we cannot all be mighty in rhetoric, but we can all be prevalent in prayer.I would rather see you eloquent with God than with men. Prayer links us with the eternal, the omnipotent, the infinite, and hence it is our chief resort... be sure you are with God. Charles Spurgeon 
And another Spurgeon quote:
If we were not constrained to pray, I question whether we could even live as Christians. If God's mercies came to us unasked, they would not be half as useful as they are no when they have to be sought for. Now we get a double blessing - the blessing in the obtaining and the blessing in the seeking. To pray is to bathe in a cool swirling stream to escape the summer sun. To pray is to mount on eagle's wings above the clouds and get into clear heaven where God dwells. To pray is to enter the treasure house of God. To pray is to grasp heaven in one's arms, to embrace deity with one's soul, and to feel one's body made a temple of the Holy Spirit. To pray is to cast our burdens, to tear away our rags, to be filled with spiritual vigour, to reach the highest point of Christian health.
Paul Miller from his book 'A praying life':
A needy heart is a praying heart. Dependency is the heartbeat of prayer.
Learning to pray doesn't offer you a less busy life; it offers you a less busy heart. 
‘It is impossible to be passionate about prayer, if you’re not already passionate about him.’ J Mandryk

Joseph Alleine (1634-1668) arose at four o clock for his business of praying until eight. If he heard other tradesman playing their business before he was up, he would exclaim, ‘O how this shames me! Does not my master deserve more than theirs?’ 


'Prayer is an act of faith. It is trusting for the impossible from the invisible.' Steve Alliston

DA Carson: ‘much praying is not done because we do not plan to pray. We do not drift into spiritual life; we do not drift into disciplined prayer. We will not grow in prayer unless we plan to pray. That means we must self consciously set asked time to do nothing but pray.'

Joseph Mwila: ‘you can read a lot of books about prayer, but you will only learn to pray by praying.'

Friday, 21 March 2014

Training for reigning


It struck me this morning that I ought to care more about what goes on in the town and world around me. Care about it since I am, after all, due to inherit it one day. That's right, I have a claim on it all. Every where I put my foot is the 'promised land'. 

I should be the guy who is forever asking 'why are you doing this?' or 'what's your plans to develop this?' and when people reply 'what's it to you?' I can in the most sincere and truthful tone explain:

'why, I'm going to inherit all this when you're gone.'

It's true you see. I am an heir of all things. I am a son of God and since to be a son in the mind and vision of the Bible's authors is to also be an heir, it does perhaps make sense to call me such; an heir, a prince even. 

I should ask questions, show an interest and care about the preservation, protection and cultivation of this world since it is after all, my world. It is a world that belongs to Jesus and his people. 

That is one reason why a proper understanding of the Bible's vision of heaven really matters. Heaven, far from being a disembodied mystical existence is a life on this earth, only this earth made new. The new creation will be like this one only better and better in a not-worth-comparing sort of way.

Since I/we are going to inherit the earth, it follows that we ought to care more about what goes on.

That is all.