Sermon Quotes: "Prayer"

“When James says, ‘Do not swear’, it is not coarse or vulgar speech he prohibits but invoking God’s name to guarantee the reliability of what a person says.” Douglas Moo

“Heaven’s great harbor of refuge is prayer, thousands of weather beaten vessels have found a haven there, and the moment a storm comes on, it is wise for us to make for it with all sail.” Charles Spurgeon

“A reminder to turn to God is needed even more in times of cheer than in times of suffering. When our hearts are comforted, it is all too easy to forget that this contentment comes ultimately only from God.” Douglas Moo

“Our whole life, we might say, should be so angled towards God that whatever strikes upon us, whether sorrow or joy, should be deflected upwards at once into his presence.” Alec Motyer

“Somewhere in our prayers we must find a balance between never expecting God to heal and requiring him to heal on demand.” Craig Blomberg

“He could rise to the heights of faith and commitment (1 Kings 18:36-38) and fall into the depths of despair and depression (1 Kings 19:4). He could be brave (1 Kings 18:17-19) and then fly for his life at a whiff of danger (1 Kings 19:3) He could be selfless in his concern for others (1 Kings 17:19-24) and then filled with self-pity (1 Kings 19:10). In other words, he was an ordinary person, but he was right with God…his faith was active in his works.” Alec Motyer

James means “that there is no time in which God does not invite us to himself.” John Calvin