You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 2Corinthians 3:2-3
God’s blessing is invincible against all the powers of earth and hell.
…we are to ask in prayer for an outpouring of God’s favor.
…effective praying often involves more than just saying the right words. Seeking God with our whole heart is the kind of Bible praying that secures not just answers but the blessing of God that we all need.
A tremendous blessing awaits each of us every day in the Word of God! When we read with a sincere desire to hear God and take his truth to heart by faith, we will receive favor from him.
God’s blessing is reserved for those who long with all their would to walk in his light and holiness.
God is waiting for us to obey by faith the leadings and promptings he so often gives us. As we obey, untold divine resources and grace will be provided.
Compassion and concern for the downtrodden, then, is not merely part of a “liberal agenda,” but is rooted in the very heart of our Creator.
…most of us still live with only the slightest understanding of the most ancient, dynamic source of power there is – the power that comes from prayer.
Prayer for conversion is important and it is true that only God can save a soul. But unless his servants boldly proclaim the gospel, how will the kingdom of God be extended.
But when the Lord’s method for accomplishing his purpose includes you and me, then it is both a wonderful privilege and a sacred responsibility for us to respond with faith.
Don’t be afraid to ask God for great things.
…this who seldom ask receive in proportion to their little faith.
Our struggle is to slow down long enough to spend time with God to do two things: ask and listen.
The world has yet to see a Christlike, victorious, and fruitful, believer who was not a person of considerable prayer.
How often do we spin our wheels, talking and worrying, while the Lord of the universe waits to be invited int the fray?
Though we acknowledge that God has plans for us and that his promises reflect his grace and mercy, we don’t realize that he wants us to petition him for the very things he promised.
Purpose, promise, prayer
We need to realize that the promises that overflow our Bibles will overflow into our own lives only as we appropriate them through prayers.
Instead, we are told that prayer brings us before the throne of grace as children seeking the help of their heavenly Father.
First… humbling… Second… believe… Third… pure heart… Fourth… assurance.
It’s easy to ask God for the things we want and need. But it’s not so simple to adjust our hearts and lives to his Word.
Of course it’s important to hear sound Bible teaching, but the real truth about God should lead people to a life of asking and receiving.
But rather than allowing our mountains, however massive, to become obstacles to prayer, we can turn them into opportunities to learn valuable lessons about our level of spiritual maturity and our need to go deeper with God in prayer.
Sound doctrine that yields faithless living and no prayer is no doctrine at all.
… he is always ready to help those who call out to him in believing prayer.
The only indisputable proof that God’s grace is at work in us is the spiritual fruit we produce.
Without love, every form of religious observance is worthless.
The sign of God’s presence is always love.
The greatest deception of all… is the idea that we can represent and preach Christ while being strangers to his heart of love.
After we pray or step out in obedience, things may get worse before they get better!
Often, standing on God’s promises involves more than we bargained for.
We act on his promise, and the testing begins.
When we hold on to God’s word, we will always witness a day when the Lord says, “Now you will see what I will do!”
… how beautiful they can become as Jesus begins his work in them.
Only the Holy Spirit can inspire us to pray effectually and he uses various means to accomplish his purpose.
… serious prayer is born out of a sense of need, out of the knowledge that we must ask God to intervene.
This is the process the Lord often uses – working out his plans through weak human beings who feel compelled by their need to pray.
Follow the Spirit’s leading and ignore everything that discourages you from trusting the Lord.
These are some of the mysteries of prayer that God never fully explains. Still he gives spiritual insight to those who spend time with him at the throne of grace.
We should pray for spiritual renewal across the land not so much for the blessings it will bring us, but so that God’s name may be exalted.
Lack of prayer translates into lack of peace no matter how knowledgeable we are about the Bible.
…regular praying costs something, but the cost of not praying is much higher.
Just because God loves the world doesn’t mean he has lost his holy hatred of sin. Let’s pray for a spiritual revival that will clean the church of unholy practices!
Isn’t it a solemn matter to consider that what some call “tolerance” God judges to be high treason!
…the great majority of God’s promises have conditions attached to them.
…the fulfillment of God’s promises often depends on our walking before him in sincerity and truth.
An attentive, willing heart is the great need of the hour.
The enemy knows that the best way to breach your spiritual immune system is by attacking your faith. Once your faith is undermined, you become an easy target for a variety of spiritual maladies.
We constantly hear about the need for solid teaching and proper leadership in a church, but when was the last time the “gift of encouraging” received its proper due?
…it is a real blessing to have fellowship with believers whose faith is so vibrant that it rubs off on me.
“What has the Lord given you lately from his Word?”
When sermons, teaching,s and exhortations don’t build up people’s faith, they are not from God, no matter how many Bible verses are quoted.
…intercessory prayer touches God with one hand while reaching out to those being prayed for with the other.
Encouraging others through prayer is both a privilege and a responsibility.
We have an abundance of teachers, singers, musicians, worship leaders and administrators, but a critical shortage of those who will devote themselves to this sacred calling.
Folks who have little appetite to be with other believers have, in fact, little appetite for Christ.
"The Lord God gives me the right words to encourage the weary.
Each morning he awakens me eager to learn his teaching;
he made me willing to listen and not rebel or run away."
"We are your symphony, Mr. Holland. We are the melodies and the notes of your opus. We are the music of your life."
— Governor Gertrude Lang (Joanna Gleason) in Mr. Holland's Opus
"It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
"...to be little with God is to be little for God."
"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."
"He became what we are that He might make us what He is"
Saint Athanasius, 295-373
"It is the Christ in you, who recognizes the Christ in me...From now on, wherever you go, or wherever I go, all the ground between us will be holy ground."
Henri J.M. Nouwen
"…I have no better answer than the example of Jesus, who knew above any of us the wisdom of the Father and yet who felt a strong need to flood the heavens with requests."
"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried."
"The well of your incompleteness runs deep, but make the effort to look away from yourself and to look toward Him."