Monday, July 23, 2007

Recent gleanings

:: As Christians our ultimate goal in prayer must be to glorify God by changing the world...Sin causes indifference, and it is impossible for indifferent people to change the world.

:: God does not ask us to confess our sins because He needs to know we have sinned, but because He knows that we need to know we have sinned.

:: My prayer life will never rise above my personal life in Jesus Christ.

:: Before you pray for a change in circumstances, you should pray for a change in character. (John Allan Lavender)

:: The great danger in having enemies is not what they do to us -- it is what we do to ourselves as we allow harsh, bitter, angry reactions to develop. And bitterness towards others drains prayer power. (David Hubbard)

:: Our prayer expresses our commitment to Christ. By talking to God we affirm our basic decision to depend on Him.

Excerpts from: The Hour that Changes the World by Dick Eastman
"Could ye not watch with me one hour?" -Matthew 26:40

6 comments:

Jacob said...

"Our prayer expresses our commitment to Christ. By talking to God we affirm our basic decision to depend on Him."

This is very true, and it really reminds me of Hudson Taylor. During highschool, I wrote a very condensed biography on him, with a special emphasis placed on prayer. In fact, it's available online here.

Thanks for these quotes, Bethany. Keep posting! --Jacob

Anonymous said...

Thanks Bethany for sharing that. It's just what I needed right now. Our prayer life only reflects our walk with Jesus. If we lack in prayer, we're not in tune with God and not walking as closely to Him as we should.
Thanks again. It was a real blessing to read that today when I really needed to hear it.

Anonymous said...

Hey sis--this is so what I needed to hear! "Bitterness towards others drains prayer power"...what a statement! Why is it that we think in holding on to something it will help?? When in fact it so often only hinders. Thank you for taking time to be a blessing! Oodles of lovin' to you! [smile]

BrittLeigh said...

Wow. All of those statements were so deep and profound! Thanks so much for sharing them. The one that really stood out to me was about the great danger of having enemies. That is so true. Thanks again for encouraging my heart!

Love you very much!

A HEART OF PRAISE said...

What wonderful quotes. Your post are always an encouragement! :) Thanks for sharing!

~Dustynne Noelle said...

Wow, those are very good things to ponder....thanks so much for posting that!!!