Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence Him. With them alone He shares the secrets of His promises.
The reality of Jesus comes as a result of secret prayer and personal study of the Bible that is devotional and sympathetic. Christ becomes more real to the one who persists in the cultivation of His presence.
-Streams in the Desert
If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring. He sends you a sunrise every morning.
Face it, friend. He is crazy about you.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
I have nothing too precious for my Lord Jesus. He has asked for my very best; and I give, with all my heart, my very best for Him.
- a father sending his daughter with Hudson Taylor to be a missionary in China
It is true that what costs little is worth little.
We will hunger for what we feed on.
-John Bevere, Drawing Near
Sin is the result of a heart that is dissatisfied with God
The meaning of "He will give us all things" can be put thus: one day we will see that nothing - literally nothing - which could have increased our eternal happiness has been denied us, and that nothing - literally nothing - that could have reduced that happiness has been left with us.
Hudson Taylor, while grieving over two of his missionaries who were killed by a mob while in prayer:
Oh, think what is must have been to exchange that murderous mob for the rapture of His presence, His bosom, His smile! They do not regret it now. "A crown that fadeth not away, they shall walk with me in white, for they are worthy." (Rev 3:4)
Letting ourselves be loved by God is more important than loving God.
Man sees your actions, but God sees your motives.
-Thomas a Kempis
Religion says "Do." Grace says "Done" because Jesus said "It is finished."
Your faith will not fail while God sustains it; you are not strong enough to fall away while God is resolved to hold you.
It is not hard for a little man to be great, but it is very hard for a great man to try to be little.
-Henry Frost on humility
We tend to view prayer as an aid to our lives, but God intended it to be the foundation.
-Rick Osborne, Teaching Your Child to Pray
Prayer is to the spiritual life what the beating of the pulse and the drawing of the breath are to the life of the body.
-John Henry Newman
Prayer is the work to which we must commit ourselves if we are to make sense of our lives in the light of eternity.
Without prayer we live as temporal people with temporal values. Prayer pushes eternity back into our lives, making God ever more relevant to the way we live our lives.
As it is the business of tailors to make clothes and of cobblers to mend shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray.
"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me.
They have clung to me all my life."
If the God of the universe is talking to you, you should write it down.