God had the power to make shy Moses a leader (Exodus 3-4), to soften cruel Pharaoh’s heart (Exodus 11.1-8), to keep discouraged Elijah from quitting (1 Kings 19.15) and to turn the fanatical persecutor Saul into a globetrotting apostle (Acts 9.1-31).

“Orchestras tune up before a concert, not afterwards, and so, whoever we are, we need first thing each day to find a time and space of quiet and solitude and allow God to quietly repair us, as well as to access our own capacity for self-healing.”

Shaun Lambert
A Book of Sparks (Watford: Instant Apostle, 2014), 90

“Prayer was God’s idea. He created it for people who are weakened by sin, fickle in their commitment, at times overwhelmed by doubt, often discouraged and bewildered, and nearly always fretting about life.”

Ronald Dunn
Don't just stand there ... pray something (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992), 17

Ben White
“Prayer is the wall of faith. It is her arms and missiles against the foe, who keeps watch over us on all sides. And so we never walk unarmed.”

A dictionary of early Christian beliefs (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2002), 530

“Don’t just pray that God will solve problems or take away difficulties. Pray that God will reveal himself in the difficulties.”

Peter Hicks
What could I say? (Nottingham: IVP, 2007), 39

“God wants to work powerfully in our lives. He will teach us if we are eager to learn.”

Thomas Jones
Teach us to pray (Woburn: DPI, 1995), 11

The question: “Can something as ephemeral as the house church be a reliable means of carrying on God’s mission over time?”

“Maybe we need a different way to measure what is reliable, what is substantial. Perhaps instead of looking for some variation of impressive we should be looking for qualities like: transformative, reproducible and adaptable.”

From House to House

Dr. Kent Smith

“We ruin our life of prayer if we are constantly examining our prayer and seeking the fruit of prayer in a peace that is nothing more than a psychological process.”

Thomas Merton
Thoughts in solitude (Tunbridge Wells: Burns & Oates, 1997)

When we pray “Your will be done on earth”, we aren’t muttering a pious hope: we are actually helping to achieve it.

David Instone-Brewer
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