Peter Marshall

We forget that God sometimes has to say No. We pray to Him as our heavenly Father, and like wise human fathers, He often says, No, not from whim or caprice, but from wisdom and from love, and knowing what is best for us.
http://petermarshallministries.com/legacy/dr-peter-marshall/

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Author Unknown

God intervenes in the affairs of men by invitation only.

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Watchman Nee

The breaking of the alabaster box and the anointing of the Lord filled the house with the odour, with the sweetest odour. Everyone could smell it. Whenever you meet someone who has really suffered; been limited, gone through things for the Lord, willing to be imprisoned by the Lord, just being satisfied with Him and nothing else, immediately you scent the fragrance. There is a savour of the Lord. Something has been crushed, something has been broken, and there is a resulting odour. of sweetness.

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Amy Carmichael

If when an answer I did not expect comes to a prayer which I believed I truly meant, I shrink back from it; if the burden my Lord asks me to bear be not the burden of my heart's choice, and I fret inwardly and do not welcome His will, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

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Samuel Rutherford

Keep God's covenant in your trials; hold you by His blessed word, and sin not; flee anger, wrath, grudging, envying, fretting; forgive a hundred pence to your fellow-servant, because your Lord hath forgiven you ten thousand talents: for, I assure you by the Lord, your adversaries shall get no advantage against you, except you sin, and offend your Lord, in your sufferings.

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Dorothy Sayer

In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.

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Author Unknown

A missionary told how she was once describing the loving character of God to a gathering of Chinese women. As she told of the Father's love, compassion and mercy with great enthusiasm, one of the Chinese women turned to her neighbour and said, Haven't I often told you that there ought to be a God like that?

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Charles H. Brent

A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God.

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S. D. Gordon

The greatest thing anyone can do for God and for man is to pray. You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed. Prayer is striking the winning blow... service is gathering up the results.
http://www.peterwade.com/articles/gordsd/biogsdg.shtml

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer

There is a slumbering inclination toward desire, which is both sudden and fierce. With irresistible power, desire seizes mastery... a secret, smoldering fire is kindled... at this moment God is quite unreal to us...the powers of clear discrimination and of decision are taken from us... the Bible teaches us in times of temptation... there is one command: Flee! Get away from it... for every struggle against lust in one's own strength is doomed to failure.

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