Sermon Quotes: "The Prohibitions of Prayer"
“I can think of nothing great that is also easy. Prayer must be, then, one of the hardest things in the world…If you struggle greatly in this, you are not alone.” Tim Keller
“Interfere at any price and in any fashion when people start to pray, for real prayer is lethal to our cause.” C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters
“When we wake up in the morning we should immediately remind ourselves and recollect that we are in the presence of God. It is not a bad thing to say to ourselves before we go any further: ‘Throughout the whole of this day, everything I do, and say, and attempt, and think, and imagine, is going to be done under the eye of God. He is going to be with me: he sees everything; he knows everything. There is nothing I can do or attempt but God is fully aware of it all. “Thou God seest me.” It would revolutionize our lives if we always did that.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones
“Rewards are gracious gifts given by God to those who render faithful service in his power. Although salvation is based on grace (unmerited favor), it might appear that rewards imply merit. But on the contrary, rewards from God are not payment for services but a gracious gift from a generous God. They are independent of human achievement…Any good work done through Christ in the power of the Spirit is an act of grace; any reward given by God at the judgment seat of Christ is also an act of grace. Rewards, like salvation, are God’s gracious gifts.” New Dictionary of Biblical Theology
“The Gentile delusion is that prayer meant making both God and oneself tired with yelling and murmuring…But the Christian’s prayer is easy and it does not cause hard work…It presents its need from the heart. Faith quickly gets through telling what it wants…God has no need of such everlasting twaddle.” Martin Luther