Worthy Sayings of Great Christians
No erudition, no purity of diction, no width of mental outlook, no flowers of eloquence, no grace of person can atone for lack of fire. Prayer ascends by fire. Flame gives prayer access as well as wings, acceptance as well as energy. There is no incense without fire; no prayer without flame.
~E. M. Bounds~
Bear up the hands that hang down, by faith and prayer; support the tottering knees. Have you any days of fasting and prayer? Storm the throne of grace and persevere therein, and mercy will come down.
Before the great revival in Gallneukirchen broke out, Martin Boos spent hours and days and often nights in lonely agonies of interecession. Afterwards, when he preached, his words were as flame, and the hearts of the people as grass.
~D. M. McIntyre~
How many Christians there are who cannot pray, and who seek by effort, resolve, joining prayer circles, etc., to cultivate in themselves the "holy art of intercession," and all to no purpose. Here for them and for all is the only secret of a real prayer life - "Be filled with the Holy Spirit," who is "the Spirit of grace and supplication."
~Rev. J. Stuart Holden~
Our praying, however, needs to be pressed and pursued with an energy that never tires, a persistency which will not be denied, and a courage which never fails.
~E. M. Bounds~
O that we were more deeply moved by the languishing state of Christ's cause upon the earth today, by the inroads of the enemy and the awful desolation he has wrought in Zion. Alas that a spirit of indifference, or at least of fatalistic stoicism, is freezing many of us.
~A. W. Pink~
Whole days and weeks have I spent prostrate on the ground in silent or vocal prayer.
All decays begin in the closet; no heart thrives without much secret converse with God, and nothing will make amends for the want of it.
It seemed to me as if he had gone straight into heaven, and lost himself in God; but often when he had done praying he was as white as the wall.
~A Friend's comment after meeting Tersteegen~
A religion of mere emotion and sensationalism is the most terrible of all curses that can come upon any people. The absence of reality is sad enough, but the aggravation of pretence is a deadly sin.
It is well to get rid of the idea that faith is a matter of spiritual heroism only for a few select spirits. There are heroes of faith, but faith is not only for heros. It is a matter of spiritual manhood. It is a matter of maturity.
~P. T. Forsyth~
When God intends great mercy for His people, the first thing He does is set them a-praying.
Truth without enthusiasm, morality without emotion, ritual without soul, are things Christ unsparingly condemned. Destitute of fire, they are nothing more than a godless philosophy, an ethical system, and a superstition.
The call of the Cross, therefore, is to enter into this passion of Christ. We must have upon us the print of the nails.
My need and Thy great fullness meet,
And I have all in Thee.
I have seen faces upon which the Dove sat visibly brooding.