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
The church is looking for better methods, God is looking for better men.
The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through men.
Preaching is not the performance of the hour; it is the outflow of a life.
Preachers are not sermon makers, but men makers and saint makers.
The real sermon is made in the prayer closet.
Every preacher who does not make prayer a might factor in his own life and ministry is weak as a factor in God’s work and is powerless to advance God’s cause in this world.
The life giving preacher is a man of God whose soul is continually following after God.
But even divine truth has no life-giving energy alone. It must be energized by the Spirit, with all God’s forces behind it.
God has not made him (the lifeless preacher). He has never been in the hands of God like clay in the hands of the potter.
The preacher who is feeble in prayer is feeble in life-giving forces.
A plea for short praying, life praying, real heart praying, praying by the Holy Spirit – direct, specific, ardent, simple, anointed in the pulpit – is in order.
Prayer to God: the most noble exercise, the loftiest effort of man, the most real thing.
Preachers who are great thinkers, great students, must be the greatest pray-ers.
Prayer freshens the heart.
But it means the closet first, the study and activities second. In this way, both the study and the activities are freshened and made efficient by the closet.
In every ministry that is righteously working for good, prayer has always been a serious business.
Taling to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is still greater.
The preacher must have had an audience and ready access before God before he can have access to the people.
We seek prayer composed of undying solitude for man’s eternal good, and a consuming zeal for the glory of God.
Praying is spiritual work, and human nature does not like taxing, spiritual work.
They spend much time in prayer… because it is to them so momentous and engaging a business that they can scarcely quit.
Much time spent with God is the secret of all successful praying.
God’s acquaintance is not made hurriedly. He does not bestow His gifts on the casual or hasty comer and goer… To be much alone with God is the secret of knowing Him and having influence with Him.
The men who have most fully imitated Christ in their character and have most powerfully affected the world for HIm have been men who spent so much time with God as to make it a notable feature of their lives.
“He that has prayed well has studied well.” Martin Luther
No man who is not a man of prayer can do a great and enduring work for God, and no man can be a man of prayer without giving much time to prayer.
If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be last during the remainder of the day.
Holiness energizing the soul – the whole man aflame with love, with desire for more faith, more prayer, more zeal, more consecration – this is the secret of power.
It is the prayer force that makes saints. Holy characters are formed by real praying.
“A sermon that has more head infused into it than heart will not come home with efficacy to the hearers.” Richard Cecil
A prepared heart is much better than a prepared sermon. A prepared heart will make a prepared sermon.
But our great lack is not in the head culture, but in heart culture. Not lack of knowledge, but lack of holiness is our sad and telling defect. Not that we know too much, but that we do not meditate enough on God and His Word and we do not watch and fast and pray enough.
But the stronghold of his power is his heart. the throne of his power is his heart. His scepter is love.
It is easier to fill the head than it is to prepare the heart.
He who does not sow with his heart will never reap a harvest for God.
There are books in the closet (heart) that can be found and read nowhere else.
Anointing is simply allowing God to be in His own Word and on His own preacher.
This anointing is not an unalienable gift; it is a conditional gift. Its presence is perpetuated and increased by the same process by which it was at first secured – by unceasing prayer to God, by impassioned desires after God, by seeking it with tireless zeal, by deeming all else loss and failure without it.
The preacher is to lay himself out in prayer for his people – not that they might simply be saved, but that they might be mightily saved.
A preacher may preach in an official, entertaining or learned way, without prayer, but there is an immeasurable distance between this kind of preaching and the sowing of God’s precious seed with holy hands and prayerful, weeping hearts.
Paul knew that in the spiritual realm – as elsewhere – in union there is strength. He knew that the concentration and aggregation of faith, desire and prayer increased the volume of spiritual force until it became overwhelming and irresistible in its power.
The praying ones are to the preacher as Aaron and Hur were to Moses. They hold up his hands and decide the issue that is so fiercely raging around them.
To be little with God is to be little for God.
It takes much time for the fullness of God to flow into the spirit… It takes time spent in the secret places to receive the full revelation of God.
A holy life would not be so rare or so difficult a thing if our devotions were not so short and hurried.
We live shabbily because we pray meagerly.
Our ability to stay with God in our prayer chambers directly relates to our ability to stay with God out of the prayer chamber.
The greatest benefactor this age could have is the man who will bring the preachers and the church back to prayer.
…an absolute losing of oneself in God’s glory and an ever present and insatiable yearning and seeking after all the fullness of God.
Let us pray without ceasing that God’s promise concerning the results of prayer will come to fruition beyond what we have even hoped for.
"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."