E.M. Bounds, Christian Classics Ethereal Library. Grand Rapids, MI.
"Gratitude is felt in the heart. Thanksgiving is the expression of that inward feeling."
"It is giving something to God in words which we feel at heart for blessings received. Gratitude arises from a contemplation of the goodness of God."
"Gratitude is born of meditation on God’s grace and mercy."
"To be too busy with God’s work to commune with God, to be busy with doing Church work without taking time to talk to God about His work, is the highway to backsliding, and many people have walked therein to the hurt of their immortal souls."
"Prayer, praise and thanksgiving all go in company."
"...thanksgiving is but the expression of an inward conscious gratitude to God for mercies received."
"He only can truly pray who is all aglow for holiness, for God, and for heaven."
"If there be real spiritual life, a deep-toned activity will spring from it."
"The external must have a deep internal groundwork. There must be much of the invisible and the underground growth, or else the life will be feeble and short-lived and the external growth sickly and fruitless."
"It [the spirit of devotion] dispels frivolity and drives away all skin- deep forms of worship, and makes worship a serious and deep-seated service, impregnating body, soul and spirit with its heavenly infusion."
"The ministry of prayer, if it be anything worthy of the name, is a ministry of ardour, a ministry of unwearied and intense longing after God and after His holiness."
"...we must first learn the spirit of devotion on earth before we get there."
"The spirit of devotion puts God in all things"
"The spirit of devotion makes a Sabbath out of Saturday, and transforms the shop and the office into a temple of God."
"The spirit of devotion removes religion from being a thin veneer, and puts it into the very life and being of our souls. "
"We handle sacred things just as if they were the things of the world. "
"We need to put the spirit of devotion into Monday’s business as well as in Sunday’s worship."
"We need the spirit of devotion, to recollect always the presence of God, to be always doing the will of God, to direct all things always to the glory of God."
"The great lack of modern religion is the spirit of devotion. We hear sermons in the same spirit with which we listen to a lecture or hear a speech."
"We visit the house of God just as if it were a common place, on a level with the theatre, the lecture-room or the forum."
"We look upon the minister of God not as the divinely-called man of God, but merely as a sort of public speaker, on a plane with the politician, the lawyer, or the average speech maker, or the lecturer."
"Without devotion prayer is an empty form, a vain round of words."
"We say our prayers by rote, as a schoolboy recites his lesson, and are not sorry when the Amen is uttered."
"Religion has to do with everything but our hearts."
"Devotion engages the heart in prayer."
"It is not an easy task for the lips to try to pray while the heart is absent from it."
"The charge which God at one time made against His ancient Israel was, that they honoured Him with their lips while their hearts were far from Him."
"...devout men are His chosen agents in carrying forward His plans."
"Prayer promotes the spirit of devotion, while devotion is favourable to the best praying."
"Devotion furthers prayer and helps to drive prayer home to the object which it seeks."
"Devotion...is the spirit of reverence, of awe, of godly fear."
"Devotion dwells in the realm of quietness and is still before God. It is serious, thoughtful, meditative."
"Devotion belongs to the inner life and lives in the closet, but also appears in the public services of the sanctuary."
“O that now I might decrease! O that all I am might cease! Let me into nothing fall! Let my Lord be all in all.”
"The angels are fond of the sackcloth-and-ashes men."
"The pride of doing sends its poison all through our praying."
"The same pride of being infects all our prayers, no matter how well-worded they may be."
"The Pharisee’s proud estimate of himself and his supreme contempt for his neighbour closed the gates of prayer to him, while humility opened wide those gates to the defamed and reviled publican."
"Dust, ashes, earth upon the head, sackcloth for the body, and fasting for the appetites, were the symbols of humility for the Old Testament saints."
"Sackcloth, fasting and ashes brought Daniel a lowliness before God, and brought Gabriel to him."
"Neither pride nor vanity can pray. Humility, though, is much more than the absence of vanity and pride. It is a positive quality, a substantial force, which energises prayer."
"To be clothed with humility is to be clothed with a praying garment."
"Kneeling well becomes us as the attitude of prayer, because it betokens humility."
"Humility is an indispensable requisite of true prayer. It must be an attribute, a characteristic of prayer.
"Humility is born by looking at God, and His holiness, and then looking at self and man’s unholiness"
"Humility loves obscurity and silence, dreads applause, esteems the virtues of others, excuses their faults with mildness, easily pardons injuries, fears contempt less and less, and sees baseness and falsehood in pride."
"...the great value, the beauty and the Divine commendation which comes to humility of heart, self-depreciation, and self-condemnation when a soul comes before God in prayer."
"Happy are they who have no righteousness of their own to plead and no goodness of their own of which to boast."
"God dwells in the lowly places. He makes such lowly places really the high places to the praying soul."
"But this praying ecclesiastic [the Pharisee], though schooled to prayer, by training and by habit, prays not."
"Words are uttered by him, but words are not prayer."
"God hears his words only to condemn him."
"Humility is a rare Christian grace, of great price in the courts of heaven, entering into and being an inseparable condition of effectual praying. It gives access to God when other qualities fail."
"Our prayers must be set low before they can ever rise high."
"Our prayers must have much of the dust on them before they can ever have much of the glory of the skies in them."
"That which brings the praying soul near to God is humility of heart."
"That which gives wings to prayer is lowliness of mind."
"That which gives ready access to the throne of grace is self-depreciation."
"The Pharisee, given over to self-conceit, wrapped up in himself, seeing only his own self- righteous deeds, catalogues his virtues before God, despising the poor publican who stands afar off."
"He exalts himself, gives himself over to self-praise, is self-centered, and goes away unjustified, condemned and rejected by God."
"The publican sees no good in himself, is overwhelmed with self-depreciation, far removed from anything which would take any credit for any good in himself, does not presume to lift his eyes to heaven, but with downcast countenance smites himself on his breast, and cries out, 'God be merciful to me, a sinner.'"
Have had some trouble getting back into the swing of things after being gone for three weeks. I apologize.
"As every part of man’s complex being enters into true praying, so every part of that same nature receives blessings from God in answer to such praying."
"...the joy of the angels lies only in obedience to God’s will, and with equal joy they would lift a Lazarus in his rags to Abraham’s bosom, or be a chariot of fire to carry an Elijah home.”—John Newton
"There is no self-praise in humility. Rather it has the disposition to praise others."
"And it is godly men who give over themselves entirely to prayer. Prayer is far-reaching in its influence and in its gracious effects."
"Praying is far more than simply bending the knee and saying a few words by rote."
“’Tis not enough to bend the knee, And words of prayer to say; The heart must with the lips agree, Or else we do not pray.”
"By serious thinking beforehand the mind prepares itself for approaching a throne of grace. Thought goes before entrance into the closet and prepares the way for true praying."
"It takes the whole man to pray till all the storms which agitate his soul are calmed to a great calm, till the stormy winds and waves cease as by a Godlike spell."
"It takes the whole man to pray till cruel tyrants and unjust rulers are changed in their natures and lives, as well as in their governing qualities, or till they cease to rule."
"Holiness is wholeness, and so God wants holy men, men whole-hearted and true, for His service and for the work of praying."
"Prostration of the body becomes us in praying as well as prostration of the soul."
"Where there is earnest and faithful praying the body always takes on the form most suited to the state of the soul at the time. "
"Prayer has to do with the entire man. Prayer takes in man in his whole being, mind, soul and body."
"The men of olden times who wrought well in prayer, who brought the largest things to pass, who moved God to do great things, were those who were entirely given over to God in their praying."
"He must have whole-hearted men through whom to work out His purposes and plans concerning men."