Category Archives: Christian Living

The Importance of Prayer

Prayer is the gymnasium of the soul.
Samuel Zwemer

Prayer, meditation, scripture study, and worship are just as essential to running a successful spiritual race as physical discipline is in preparing for athletic competition.
Tom Osborne

Pray twice as much as you fret.
Max Lucado

I have so much business I cannot go on without spending three hours daily in prayer.
Martin Luther

Time spent in prayer will yield more than that given to work. Prayer alone gives work its worth and its success. Prayer opens the way for God Himself to do His work in us and through us. Let our chief work as God’s messengers be intercession; in it we secure the presence and power of God to go with us.
Andrew Murray

God’s Guidance

I know not the way God leads me, but well do I know my Guide.
Martin Luther

We should make plans – counting on God to direct us.
Proverbs 16:9 (TLB)

The secret of my success? It is simple. It is found in the Bible, “In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”
George Washington Carver

The place God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
Frederick Buechner

I don’t think things happen by coincidence. I think there’s a grand plan out there and, if you’re paying attention, that the Lord speaks to you through a lot of different ways.
Rick Perry

Certainty of God’s Love

Knowing and loving God is our greatest privilege, and being known and loved is God’s greatest pleasure.
Rick Warren

As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.
Isaiah 62:5

There is nothing you can do to make God love you more. There is nothing you can do to make God love you less. His love is unconditional, impartial, everlasting, infinite, perfect.
Richard Halverson

How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly!
Psalm 139:17 (TLB)

The crowd loves a football coach when he succeeds on the fourth-and-one call they were screaming for. But where are they when it fails, when the team loses, when you’ve made a mistake that puts a ball game out of reach? That’s when you learn what the world really thinks of you. Cast your lot with God. He loves you as much when you’re on the bottom as when you’re on top.
Joe Gibbs

Faith

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Faith in the storm is true faith; faith in the calm may or may not be true faith.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.
Oswald Chambers

Faith is the ability to not panic.
Anonymous

Faith is a wonderful mechanism for learning to be patient and to accept our faults, fears and failures for what they ultimately are: mere scratches on the surface of an otherwise blessed and rewarding life.
Mary Lou Retton

How to Pray

Good morning, God, I love You. What are You up to today? I want to be part of it.
Norman Grubb

Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things above all that we ask or think.
Andrew Murray

In prayer always express willingness to accept God’s will. Ask for what you want, but be willing to take what God gives you. It may be better than what you ask for.
Norman Vincent Peale

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:16

Prayer is surrender – surrender to the will of God and cooperation with that will. If I throw out a boat hook from a boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but aligning my will with His.
E. Stanley Jones

God Gives Us Power

What God expects us to attempt, He also enables us to achieve.
Stephen Olford

The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.
Anonymous

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:26

He became what we are that He might make us what He is.
Athanasius

We forget that when God speaks He always reveals what He is going to do – not what He wants us to do for Him. We join Him so He can do His work through us. We don’t have to be able to accomplish the task within our limited ability or resources. With faith, we can proceed confidently because we know that He is going to bring to pass what He purposes.
Henry Blackaby

The Best Book

When you have read the Bible, you will know it is the word of God, because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness and your duty.
Woodrow Wilson

You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me . . . therefore I lovingly embrace everything you say.
Psalm 119:114, 119 (The Message)

It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.
George Washington

The studious perusal of the sacred volume will make better citizens, better fathers and better husbands.
Thomas Jefferson

I have always read the Bible. I did so as a youth. In college, I started virtually every day with a Bible reading. Nellie and I read the Scriptures together most evenings of our married lives. We read with our children when they were younger.
John Wooden