Pursuing God

images“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.

“God does nothing except in response to believing prayer”–John Wesley.

“God shapes the world by prayer. . . . Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still”–E.M. Bounds.

“Solitude is very different from a ‘time-out’ from our busy lives. Solitude is the very ground from which community grows. Whenever we pray alone, study, read, write, or simply spend time away from the places where we interact with each other directly, we are potentially opened for a deeper intimacy with each other”–Henri Nouwen.

“We clearly need more conversation about the crucial issues of our time. But even more than we need to be talking with each other, we need to be talking with our Lord. His wisdom has never been more essential than it is today. His Spirit’s guidance has never been more needed. And his word has never been more relevant”–Jim Denison.

“God calls us to approach Scripture as we might slide into a warm bath. We need to soak in God’s Word daily, resting in it as it cleanses us, relieving our stress, renewing our mind to face another day. When we expose ourselves daily to God’s Word, it changes our desires and how we respond to temptation. We become more sensitive to subtle deception; we recognize the lie because we are familiar with the truth. The Spirit of God will use the Word of God to show us the will of God. The Spirit will strengthen us and enable us to actually do God’s will”–John Kincaid.

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