Thursday, June 18, 2015

Quotes from the Cloud #24

This year, I hope share weekly posts of quotes. These quotes are from authors I'm reading and enjoying from the Clouds of Witnesses Reading Challenge

For fellow participants, what I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to see is for people to share quotes from what they're reading. I'd love for you to share quotes occasionally with your readers and let me know about it. If you don't have a blog, you could always leave quotes in the comments here.
Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised, or according to His Word, for the good of the church, with submission in faith to the will of God. ~ John Bunyan
Prayer is the chief exercise of our faith. ~ John Calvin
To Be Near Unto God” means such nearness to God as to see him with the eyes, to be aware of his presence in the heart, to hear him with the ear, and to have every barrier removed that thus far kept him aloof. “To Be Near Unto God” means to be near him in one of two ways: either to feel as though we were caught up into heaven, or as though God had come down to us in our loneliness, sorrow or joy. The very word “near” implies that there is much that separates us from God, and makes us solitary. When God is far away from us and we from him, it makes us desolate. It also implies that we are not contented; that we can not endure it; that our whole heart goes out after him, and will not rest until the last barrier is removed. For only when God is near unto us and we are near unto him is there blessedness again, which nothing can exceed, since it is unspeakably good “To Be Near Unto God.” This exceeding blessedness can only be enjoyed at rare moments here, but in the life to come it shall endure. For in the Father’s house above, we shall be near unto God forever and forever. ~ Abraham Kuyper, "It Is Good For Me To Be Near Unto God" 

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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