Archive for the ‘prayer and God's sovereignty’ Category

He prayed about things as if everything depended upon the praying . . . but he worked also, as if everything depended on his working

October 20, 2009

Hudson Taylor’s son, Howard, commented on his father’s response to a dying girl. He said to a prayer group to ‘pray, while I work’ – while he gave the girl the kiss of life. ‘He prayed about things as if everything depended upon the praying . . . but he worked also, as if everything depended on his working.’

Roger Steer, J. Hudson Taylor: A Man in Christ, OMF, 1990, p.271

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Prayer was appointed to convey the blessings God designs to give

September 18, 2009

Prayer was appointed to convey,

The blessings God designs to give.

Joseph Hart, hymn writer

Prayers are useful in obtaining those favours which He foresaw He would bestow on those who should pray for them.

Augustine, City of God, V, 10

in Paul Helm, The Providence of God, IVP, 1993, pp.157-158

When prayer is the source of faith’s power

September 18, 2009

When prayer is the source of faith’s power and the means of its strength, God’s sovereignty is its only restriction.

Wm. L. Lane, Gospel Acording to Mark, p.410 (on Mk.11.23-24)