“Come, Lord, and act. Rouse and renew us, kindle us and carry us away, shine before us and be gentle with us, let us love and run toward you.” -Augustine, Confessions
“He that is more frequent in his pulpit to his people, than he is in his closet for his people, is but a sorry watchman.” -John Owen [need confirmation]
“The thing is though, if I start praying for Miss Skeeter, I know that conversation gone continue the next time I see her. And the next and the next. Cause that’s the way prayer do. It’s electricity, it keeps things going.” -Aibileen in Kathryn Stockett’s The Help
“The Psalms are not only the longest book of the Bible; they are also the most varied. All life, in all its variety and complexity, is represented here. Yet all this multiplicity can be brought under one heading: ‘take it to the Lord.’ You know how you can take a mirror and so angle it to the sun that sunlight can be re-directed into a dark corner— or wherever? The Psalms teach us to set our lives at an angle, making sure our lives are so ‘angled’ that everything is at once transmitted into the Lord’s presence, and put into the context of what is true about him.” -Alec Motyer, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament
“Prayer never changes God. It sometimes changes the person we pray for. It always changes us.” -David Murray, The Happy Christian
“It is almost impossible to pull someone down when we prayerfully raise him or her up to heaven for God’s blessing.” -David Murray, The Happy Christian
“Try as we might, we cannot drag Him to the brink and pressure Him into following our agenda. Acceptance of this fact is what separates biblical faith from positive thinking and superstition. It is what distinguishes Christian prayer from pagan magic.” -John Koessler
“Sometimes expectation is a sign of arrogance. There is a world of difference between a confident request and a demand. Both expect the same result, but the one who makes a request knows that the one of whom the request is made also has the legitimate right of refusal. Someone who makes a demand knows nothing of this.” -John Koessler
- Sometimes we ask God to change our circumstances: heal the sick, give daily bread, protect from suffering and evil, make our leaders just, convert friends and family, make our work prosper, provide me with a spouse, quiet this storm, send rain, give us a child.
- Sometimes we ask God to change us: deepen my faith, teach us to love each other, forgive sins, make me wise, make us know you better, help me to sanctify you in my heart, don’t let me dishonor you, help us understand Scripture, teach me to encourage others.
- Sometimes we ask God to change everything by revealing himself more fully, magnifying his glory and rule. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, be exalted above the heavens, let your glory be over all of the earth, come Lord Jesus.