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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Favorite Quotes on Faith, Life, and Everything (Part 5)

Because so much of what we went through with Jordan and Joshua's medical issues were wrapped up in prayer and pursuing God, it seems appropriate to share some of the quotes that came to mind during that season:

"God is present with us. But God is more than present with us; he knows us. He doesn't follow alongside of us, he follows inside of us...We can be lost, dizzied by our own spiritual vertigo, but God is present with us, luring us back to himself. We may turn our backs on God, but he is always facing us." (Mike Yaconelli)

"Give me a Jesus who meets me in the rushing, crashing waters of my questions. Let me stand precariously close to the dark and menacing skies of doubt, so I can hear the fierce and gentle loving voice of my Jesus who drowns out my fears and stands just beyond my questions with open arms." (Mike Yaconelli)

"We know prayer matters because after leaving earth, Jesus made it one of his primary tasks: 'Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.' ...In fact, the New Testament's only glimpse of what Jesus is doing right now depicts him at the right hand of God interceding for us. In three years of active ministry, Jesus changed the moral landscape of the planet. For the last two thousand years since, he has been using another tactic: prayer." (Philip Yancey)

"The true relation in prayer is not when God hears what is prayed for, but when the person praying continues to pray until he is the one who hears, who hears what God wills." (Soren Kierkegaard)

"He that prays and does not faint will come to recognize that to talk to God is more than to have all prayers granted--that it is the purpose of all prayer." (George MacDonald)

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