Dependence

Do Not Strive In Your Own Strength – Andrew Murray

Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart—so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.

– Andrew Murray –

Are You a Reservoir or a Canal? – Bernard of Clairvaux

If then you are wise, you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than as a canal. A canal spreads abroad water as it receives it, and a reservoir waits until it is filled before overflowing, and thus without loss to itself communicates its superabundant water. In the Church at the present day we have many canals but few reservoirs.

– Bernard of Clairvaux –

Power in Prayer – Charles Spurgeon

If you want that splendid power in prayer, you must remain in loving, living, lasting, conscious, practical, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ.

– Charles Spurgeon –

The Childlike Privilege – Andrew Murray

Scripture says, “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:14). The childlike privilege of asking for anything is inseparable from the childlike life under the leading of the Spirit. The one who yields himself to be led by the Spirit in his everyday life will be led by Him also in his prayers. He will find that father-like giving is the divine response to childlike living.

– Andrew Murray –
from Teach Me to Pray

A Life Willing to be Unseen – Samuel Brengle

O Lord, above all things, make me a blessing to my comrades. I am not anxious for a place or name, and if Thou canst better use me to this end at the rear than at the front, I shall rejoice. But let me be a burning and shining light to my comrades!

– Samuel Brengle –

Hold Christ More Closely – JC Ryle

Let us hold to Christ more closely, love him more heartily, live for him more thoroughly, copy him more exactly, confess him more boldly, follow him more fully. Religion like this will always bring its own reward. Worldly people may laugh at it. Weak brethren may think it extreme. But it will wear well. In sickness it will bring peace. In the world to come it will give us a crown of glory that fades not away.

– JC Ryle –
from Sickness