We get our moral bearings by looking at God. We must begin with God. We are right when, and only when, we stand in a right position relative to God, and we are wrong so far and so long as we stand in any other position.
We can expect God to provide everything necessary to make worship possible. We children of God must ever be dependent upon God, for we have no resources of our own. We are as impoverished in worship times as a baby unable to provide its own bottle at feeding time. God, the object of our worship, also becomes the inspiration of that worship. He has imparted His own Spirit into our hearts to energize that worship. All that is due Him comes from Him. His glorious Person evokes admiration for and honor of Him, as He imparts His nature into me.
The more helpless you are, the better you are fitted to pray, and the more answers to prayer you will experience.
Prayer is both the air we breathe and the mother’s milk of the soul. Without prayer it is impossible to receive supernatural gifts from God.
We learn, on the one hand, that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and, on the other, that we need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven. The only fatal thing is to sit down content with anything less than perfection.
We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit.
God brings us to the place of total dependence upon Himself to demonstrate that He is totally dependable… The more completely I depend on God, the more He surprises me by the results that follow — results that I could never have achieved as long as I depended on my own efforts.
It is only when we know that we are powerless that we are prepared to listen to Jesus Christ and to do what He says.
God’s command to “pray without ceasing” is founded on the necessity we have of his grace to preserve the life of God in the soul, which can no more subsist one moment without it, than the body can without air.
Sustaining grace promises not the absence of struggle but the presence of God.