Faith - Section 8

  1. Faith activates the Word. How do you grow your faith? Revelation activates faith. And how do you get a revelation? Meditation on Scripture activates, or is the means to, revelation. - From location 1308 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  2. “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” - From location 2249 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  3. God “delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” - From location 2671 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  4. We must never be weary in waiting for God’s help. - From location 5019 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  5. The promise of God, repeated by our Lord, is that "the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace" (37: 11; cf. Matt 5: 5). Yahweh will never abandon those who suffer on account of his name, even in this present evil existence: "For the LORD loves the just /and will not forsake his faithful ones. /They will be protected forever, /but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off" (37: 28; cf. vv. 39- 40).  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App from the First Psalm.
  6. It is impossible to submit to God without submitting oneself to his Messiah.  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App from the Second Psalm.
  7. Through Jesus, God extends deliverance, victory, and blessing to all who believe on his name (Eph 1: 11- 14; 2: 8- 10; Phil 3: 20- 21). - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App from the Psalm 3.
  8. Psalm 2:12 - Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
  9. The Lord will redeem his anointed one, establish his kingdom, and bless his people! The benefit of the Davidic covenant (see Pss 2; 132) for Israel is found in the assurance of God's presence, his promise of deliverance, and his blessings through the anointed king. Though the kingship may be assaulted from within, the Lord's promise to David stands firm. The hope of the godly rests not only in God but also in the anointed. Since Jesus is the Messiah, the Anointed One, the believer joins with Israel in the assurance of God's promise, the reception of the benefits of the people of God through the Messiah, the hope of the Messiah's complete victory, and the desire for the establishment of the age of blessing (v. 8).  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App from the Psalm 3.
  10. Through Jesus, God extends deliverance, victory, and blessing to all who believe on his name (Eph 1: 11- 14; 2: 8- 10; Phil 3: 20- 21).  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App from the Psalm 3.
  11. Even in moments of great despair, when the soul feels itself abandoned by all others, comfort may be drawn from the assurance that God answers.  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App from the Psalm 3:5.
  12. The psalmist knows that God "sustains" The sustenance of God is the psalmist's protection. The life of faith is one of being protected by God's loving care, marking the difference between despair and hope.  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App from the Psalm 3:5.
  13. Psalm 6:8-10 (NIV):  8 Away from me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. 9 The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer. 10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;
    1. Confidence springs up from conditions changed by the Lord and does not result from a mere psychological lift or personal effort. When grace penetrates into the depth of an anguished soul, joy in the Lord anchors faith, which no one can remove. - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App from the Psalm 6:8-10 (NIV).
  14. Religious People Have Stronger Marriages and Families Religious People Have Healthy Lifestyles Religious People Cope Well with Stress Religion Offers Protection from Depression and Helps Those Afflicted to Recover Quickly - From location 5164 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  15. If diagnosed with a serious illness, I would ask directly for physical healing. We are commanded to pray for healing, Jesus decisively demonstrated God’s desire for human health and wholeness, and dozens of studies have borne out the effectiveness of prayer in the healing process. Faith works. It aligns body, mind, and spirit, and galvanizes the healing processes built into our bodies. - From location 5489 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  16. John 20:29 - "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” -  What is faith? Faith is believing God on the basis of his Word and then acting upon it. This is true faith. It is this that God blesses. God promises a blessing upon those who have faith. We cannot repeat that enough. God blesses faith, and not the living out of some unusual experience. - From commentary on John 20:29 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  17. Scientific studies have amply proved the value of positive, hopeful faith on overall health. A belief in healing, in transcendent power, has a salutary effect on the body’s actual cells. Millions can testify to that effect. - From location 5701 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  18. In one of his letters Paul described himself as afflicted but not crushed, perplexed but not driven to despair, persecuted but not forsaken, struck down but not destroyed. He learned a different level of faith, one that does not remove difficulty but nevertheless withstands, a fidelity in which weakness transforms into strength and prayers for healing melt into prayers of acceptance. - From location 5720 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  19. God, who is timeless, requires of us a mature faith that may, as it did for many of these, involve delays that seem like trials. Patience is one sign of that maturity, a quality that can develop only through the passage of time. - From location 6056 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  20. Jesus marks love for God as the single most important goal in life.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  21. Love God with all your heart, Jesus said. Listen to your life: to its passion, its dreams and disappointments, its tedium as well as its drama. It came to you as a gift and each day, too, unravels as a gift. God wants an invitation to share in its every detail.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  22. Deuteronomy charges us to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength; Jesus changed that last word to mind.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  23. You shall love God with everything you have and everything you are. Everything. Every longing, every endowment, each of your intellectual gifts, any athletic talent or computer skill, all capacity for delight, every good thing that has your fingerprints on it — take all this, says Jesus, and refer it to God. Take your longing, and long for God; take your creaturely riches, and endow God; take your eye for beauty and appreciate God. With your heart and soul and mind, with all your needs and splendors, make a full turn toward God.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  24. To adore but not seek to fathom — perhaps in those words lies a clue to loving God with all my soul.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  25. Prayer projects faith on God, and God on the world. Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer move God. - From location 114 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  26. Faith is the foundation of Christian character and the security of the soul. - From location 123 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  27. Faith is kept alive by prayer, and every step taken, in this adding of grace to grace, is accompanied by prayer. - From location 133 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  28. The faith which creates powerful praying is the faith which centers itself on a powerful person. Faith in Christ's ability to do and to do greatly, is the faith which prays greatly. - From location 134 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  29. A praying faith keeps the commandments of God and does those things which are well pleasing in his sight. It asks, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" and answers quickly, "Speak, Lord, thy servant heareth." Obedience helps faith, and faith, in turn, helps obedience. To do God's will is essential to true faith, and faith is necessary to implicit obedience. - From location 141 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  30. Faith does not grow disheartened because prayer is not immediately honored; it takes God at his Word, and lets him take what time he chooses in fulfilling his purposes, and in carrying on his work. - From location 144 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  31. Fear not, 0 tempted and tried believer, Jesus will come, if patience is exercised, and faith holds fast. His delay will serve to make his coming the more richly blessed. Pray on. Wait on. You cannot fail. If Christ delay, wait for him. In his own good time, he will come, and will not tarry.  - From location 152 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  32. Delay is often the test and the strength of faith. How much patience is required when these times of testing come! Yet faith gathers strength by waiting and praying. Patience has its perfect work in the school of delay. In some instances, delay is of the very essence of the prayer. God has to do many things, antecedent to giving the final answer-things which are essential to the lasting good of him who is requesting favor at his hands.  - From location 154 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  33. Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.   - From location 160 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  34. Faith in Christ is the basis of all working, and of all praying. All wonderful works depend on wonderful praying, and all praying is done in the name of Jesus Christ. - From location 163 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  35. Faith brings great ease of mind and perfect peace of heart. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusted in thee.  - From location 170 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  36. Faith is an operation of God, a divine illumination, a holy energy implanted by the Word of God and the Spirit in the human soul-a spiritual, divine principle which takes of the supernatural and makes it a thing apprehendable by the faculties of time and sense.  - From location 197 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  37. Faith gives birth to prayer, and grows stronger, strikes deeper, rises higher, in the struggles and wrestlings of mighty petitioning. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the assurance and realization of the inheritance of the saints. Faith, too, is humble and persevering. It can wait and pray; it can stay on its knees, or lie in the dust. It is the one great condition of prayer; the lack of it lies at the root of all poor praying, feeble praying, little praying, unanswered praying.  - From location 203 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  38. Many men, of this day, obtain a good report because of their money-giving, their great mental gifts and talents, but few there be who obtain a "good report" because of their great faith in God, or because of the wonderful things which are being wrought through their great praying. Today, as much as at any time, we need men of great faith and men who are great in prayer. These are the two cardinal virtues which make men great in the eyes of God, the two things which create conditions of real spiritual success in the life and work of the church. It is our chief concern to see that we maintain a faith of such quality and texture, as counts before God; which grasps, and holds in its keeping, the things for which it asks, without doubt and without fear.  - From location 215 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  39. Doubt and fear are the twin foes of faith. Sometimes, they actually usurp the place of faith, and although we pray, it is a restless, disquieted prayer that we offer, uneasy and often complaining.  - From location 220 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  40. Our eyes should be taken off self, removed from our own weakness and allowed to rest implicitly upon God's strength. "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward." A simple, confiding faith, living day by day, and casting its burden on the Lord, each hour of the day, will dissipate fear, drive away misgiving and deliver from doubt: Be careful for nothing, but in everything, by supplication and prayer, with thanksgiving, let your requests he made known unto God.   - From location 224 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  41. We need, also, to guard against unbelief as we would against an enemy. Faith needs to be cultivated. We need to keep on praying, "Lord, increase our faith," for faith is susceptible of increase. - From location 230 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  42. Faith grows by reading and meditating upon the Word of God. Most, and best of all, faith thrives in an atmosphere of prayer. - From location 233 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  43. The preacher is not sent to merely induce men to join the church, nor merely to get them to do better. It is to get them to pray, to trust God, and to keep God ever before their eyes, that they may not sin against him. - From location 241 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  44. Faith starts prayer to work-clears the way to the mercy seat. It gives assurance, first of all, that there is a mercy seat, and that there the high priest awaits the pray-ers and the prayers. Faith opens the way for prayer to approach God. But it does more. It accompanies prayer at every step she takes. It is her inseparable companion and when requests are made unto God, it is faith which turns the asking into obtaining. And faith follows prayer, since the spiritual life into which a believer is led by prayer, is a life of faith. The one prominent characteristic of the experience into which believers are brought through prayer, is not a life of works, but of faith. - From location 253 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  45. Yet faith is narrowed down to one particular thing-it does not believe that God will reward everybody, nor that he is a rewarder of all who pray, but that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Faith rests its case on diligence in prayer, and gives assurance and encouragement to diligent seekers after God, for it is they, alone, who are richly rewarded when they pray.  - From location 259 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  46. Ask of God more faith. Beg of him morning, and noon and night, while you walk by the way, while you sit in the house, when you lie down and when you rise up; beg of him simply to impress divine things more deeply on your heart, to give you more and more of the substance of things hoped for and of the evidence of things not seen.  - From location 271 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  47. But they, who in unswerving faith and unceasing prayer, wait continually upon the Lord, do renew their strength, do mount up with wings as eagles, do run, and are not weary, do walk, and not faint. - From location 278 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  48. Jesus Christ clearly taught that faith was the condition on which prayer was answered. When our Lord had cursed the fig tree, the disciples were much surprised that its withering had actually taken place, and their remarks indicated their incredulity. It was then that Jesus said to them, "Have faith in God." For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, "Be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea", and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore, I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. - From location 296 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  49. Trust grows nowhere so readily and richly as in the prayer chamber. Its unfolding and development are rapid and wholesome when they are regularly and well kept. When these engagements are hearty and full and free, trust flourishes exceedingly. The eye and presence of God give vigorous life to trust, just as the eye and the presence of the sun make fruit and flower to grow, and all things glad and bright with fuller life.  - From location 300 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  50. "Have faith in God," "Trust in the Lord" form the keynote and foundation of prayer. Primarily, it is not trust in the Word of God, but rather trust in the person of God. For trust in the person of God must precede trust in the Word of God. "Ye believe in God, believe also in me," is the demand our Lord makes on the personal trust of his disciples. The person of Jesus Christ must he central, to the eye of trust. - From location 303 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  51. "I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die. Believest thou this?" She saith unto him, "Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world." - From location 308 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  52. Trust goes even further than this. The trust which inspires our prayer must be not only trust in the person of God, and of Christ, but in their ability and willingness to grant the thing prayed for. It is not only, "Trust, ye, in the Lord," but, also, "for in the Lord Jehovah, is everlasting strength."  - From location 311 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  53. The trust which our Lord taught as a condition of effectual prayer, is not of the head but of the heart. It is trust which "doubteth not in his heart." Such trust has the divine assurance that it shall be honored with large and satisfying answers. The strong promise of our Lord brings faith down to the present, and counts on a present answer. - From location 313 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  54. May our faith so increase until we realize and receive all the fulness there is in that name which guarantees to do so much. Our Lord puts trust as the very foundation of praying. The background of prayer is trust. The whole issuance of Christ's ministry and work was dependent on implicit trust in his Father. The center of trust is God. Mountains of difficulties, and all other hindrances to prayer are moved out of the way by trust and his virile henchman, faith. When trust is perfect and without doubt, prayer is simply the outstretched hand, ready to receive. Trust perfected, is prayer perfected. Trust looks to receive the thing asked for-and gets it. Trust is not a belief that God can bless, that he will bless, but that he does bless, here and now. Trust always operates in the present tense. Hope looks toward the future. Trust looks to the present. Hope expects. Trust possesses. Trust receives what prayer acquires. So that what prayer needs, at all times, is abiding and abundant trust.  - From location 318 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  55. Trust is altogether too splendidly simple for verbal definition; too hearty and spontaneous for theological terminology. The very simplicity of trust is that which staggers many people. - From location 340 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  56. DESIRE is not merely a simple wish; it is a deep seated craving; an intense longing, for attainment. In the realm of spiritual affairs, it is an important adjunct to prayer. So important is it, that one might say, almost, that desire is an absolute essential of prayer. Desire precedes prayer, accompanies it, is followed by it. Desire goes before prayer, and by it, created and intensified. Prayer is the oral expression of desire. If prayer is asking God for something, then prayer must be expressed. Prayer comes out into the open. Desire is silent. Prayer is heard; desire, unheard. The deeper the desire, the stronger the prayer. Without desire, prayer is a meaningless mumble of words. Such perfunctory, formal praying, with no heart, no feeling, no real desire accompanying it, is to be shunned like a pestilence. Its exercise is a waste of precious time, and from it, no real blessing accrues.  - From location 360 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  57. We might well inquire-have we that desire which presses us to close communion with God, which is filled with unutterable burnings, and holds us there through the agony of an intense and soul-stirred supplication? Our hearts need much to be worked over, not only to get the evil out of them, hut to get the good into them. And the foundation and inspiration to the incoming good, is strong, propelling desire. This holy and fervent flame in the soul awakens the interest of heaven, attracts the attention of God, and places at the disposal of those who exercise it, the exhaustless riches of divine grace. - From location 389 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  58. True prayer must be aflame. Christian life and character need to be all on fire. Lack of spiritual heat creates more infidelity than lack of faith. Not to be consumingly interested about the things of heaven, is not to be interested in them at all. The fiery souls are those who conquer in the day of battle, from whom the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and who take it by force. The citadel of God is taken only by those, who storm it in dreadful earnestness, who besiege it, with fiery, unabated zeal. - From location 406 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  59. Nothing short of being red hot for God, can keep the glow of heaven in our hearts, these chilly days. - From location 409 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  60. In the Beatitudes Jesus voiced the words which directly hear upon the innate desires of a renewed soul, and the promise that they will be granted: "Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall he filled." - From location 433 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  61. Without desire, there is no burden of soul, no sense of need, no ardency, no vision, no strength, no glow of faith. There is no mighty pressure, no holding on to God, with a deathless, despairing grasp-"1 will not let thee go, except thou bless me." There is no utter self-abandonment. - From location 437 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  62. Desire must be made intensely personal, must be centered on God with an insatiable hungering and thirsting after him and his righteousness. "My soul thirsteth for God, the living God." - From location 445 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  63. Importunity conquers all untoward circumstances and gets to itself a victory over a whole host of hindrances. He teaches, moreover, that an answer to prayer is conditional upon the amount of faith that goes to the petition. To test this, he delays the answer. The superficial pray-er subsides into silence, when the answer is delayed. But the man of prayer hangs on, and on. The Lord recognizes and honors his faith, and gives him a rich and abundant answer to his faith-evidencing, importunate prayer.  - From location 558 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  64. When the answer is not immediately given, the praying Christian must gather courage at each delay, and advance in urgency till the answer comes which is assured, if he have but the faith to press his petition with vigorous faith.   - From location 566 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  65. Through prayer and faith, man's nature is changed, and made partaker of the divine nature; that there is taken out of him all reluctance to obey God, and that his natural inability to keep God's commandments, growing out of his fallen and helpless state, is gloriously removed. By this radical change which is wrought in his moral nature, a man receives power to obey God in every way, and to yield full and glad allegiance. Then he can say, "1 delight to do thy will, 0 my God." Not only is the rebellion incident to the natural man removed, but a heart which gladly obeys God's Word, blessedly received. - From location 736 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  66. Faith, in its highest form, is the attitude as well as the act of a soul surrendered to God, in whom his Word and his Spirit dwells. It is true that faith must exist in some form, or another, in order to prompt praying; but in its strongest form, and in its largest results, faith is the fruit of prayer. That faith increases the ability and the efficiency of prayer is true; but it is likewise true that prayer increases the ability and efficiency of faith. Prayer and faith, work, act and react, one upon the other.  - From location 813 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  67. The will must be surrendered to God as a primary condition of all successful praying. Everything about us gets its coloring from our inmost character. The secret will makes character and controls conduct. The will, therefore, plays an important part in all successful praying. There can be no praying in its richest implication and truest sense, where the will is not wholly and fully surrendered to God. This unswerving loyalty to God is an utterly indispensable condition of the best, the truest, the most effectual praying. We have "simply got to trust and obey; there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus but to trust, and obey!" - From location 824 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  68. Faith is constructed of the Word and the Spirit, and faith is the body and substance of prayer.  - From location 918 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  69. Whatever our outward condition is we must not cool in our affection to the word of God, nor let that slip out of our minds; no care, no grief, must crowd that out. As some drink and forget the law (Prov. 31: 5), so others weep and forget the law; but we must in every condition, both prosperous and adverse, have the things of God in remembrance; and, if we be mindful of God's statutes, we may pray and hope that he will be mindful of our sorrows, though for a time he seems to forget us. - From Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary Psalm 119:83 
  70. The key to a restored appetite for God is to deliberately cut back on everything else we 've been feeding ourselves. The biblical word for this self- imposed restraint is fasting, a practice that can be applied not only to food but also to anything that keeps us from God- hunger.  - Prayer Coach - For All Who Want to Get Off the Bench and onto the Praying Field by James L. Nicodem
  71. C. H. Spurgeon put it (Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, [Pilgrim Publications] 23:225), “But if you have a faith which never touches your heart, a faith which never causes you to rejoice or mourn, a faith which neither makes you hate sin nor love the Lord Jesus, I charge you shake off your faith as Paul shook the viper from his hand, for it is a deadly faith…. Only the living faith which works upon the heart and influences the desires and the affections can be the faith of God’s elect.”
  72. We’ve already seen this. James 2:26 puts it, “Faith without works is dead.” If someone claims to have believed in Christ, but there is no change in his heart so that he wants to obey Christ, he needs to go back and examine his heart, to see if he is truly saved.
  73. Why not be His disciple? Why not follow the King of kings and the Lord of lords? Someday your life will be over, and all the things you accumulated will vanish. Don’t waste your life. Instead, give everything you have and everything you are to Christ, for He alone is “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6 NIV).  - From location 10177 in the Kindle book: Hope for Each Day Morning and Evening Devotions by Billy Graham
  74. It has been said that Jesus plus nothing equals everything, and that is true.  If you have Jesus, you are a child of the King.  You have been rescued from darkness and promised eternal life.  He loves you beyond your imagining, and He died that you may live.  Offer Jesus your half-full glass, and He will fill it overflowing.  No matter what your hardships, you are still His child, because the reverse is also true:  Jesus minus everything is still everything.  IF you have Jesus, everything else you possess is a bonus. Contentment can be found in the midst of want if we learn to see our lives through the lens of God's abundance. Jesus asks us to find our contentment in Him alone.  But it is still an acquired taste.  Happiness is a choice.  - From page 28 of the Book - He Walks Among Us (Encounters with Christ in a Broken World) by Richard and Renee Stearns.
  75. Proverbs 18:10 - The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. - Think of the sinner as he becomes convicted of his evil condition. He trembles at the thought of eternal condemnation. He looks forward, and all is terror; he looks backwards, and all is remorse; he looks inward, and all is darkness. Until now he had no idea about his need of salvation. His soul's enemy now suggests that it is beyond his reach, that he has sinned for too long and in too many different ways. He has sinned against so much light and so much knowledge- how can he be saved? But the name of the Lord meets his eye. He spells out every letter and putting them together cries out, "Who is a God like you?" He runs to the Lord as to a strong tower. His burden of conscience is relieved, his soul is set free, and he enjoys his safety.  Thus a sense of danger, knowledge of the way, and confidence in the strength of the tower all give a spring of life and earnestness to run into it. Here the righteous, the person justified by the grace and sanctified by the Spirit of God, runs every day, every hour. He is aware of both his serious danger and his perfect security. Within these walls, which of us needs to worry that the sharpest arrow can harm us? We realize our security from external trouble as we exercise our faith. We are safe from God's avenging justice, from the curse of the law, from sin, from condemnation, from the second death.  But only the righteous are found here. What do the ungodly know about this refuge? "Our God's mercy is holy mercy. He knows how to pardon sin, not to protect it. He is a sanctuary to the penitent, not to the presumptuous" (Bishop Reynolds). Yet how joyful it is that the gates of this city are always open. No time is a bad time to enter. No distance, no weakness, hinders the entrance. All who enter are protected by God's salvation. "Satan is raising batteries against the fort, using all means to take it, by strength and stratagem, unwearied in his assaults, and very skillful to know his advantages" (Leighton). But notwithstanding that enemy's disturbing power, the peace of God daily fortifies our hearts from fear of evil. Such is our strong tower. How much we owe to our gracious Savior who has made our way to it so free and so bright. We rest in the heart of God and are at peace. But the rich man has his strong city and his high walls (compare 10:15). Well does the writer add that such a man is only wise in his own conceit. Little does he think that in a moment his walls may crumble to dust and leave him in a ruin and totally unprotected. "Trouble will find an entrance into his castle. Death will storm and take it. And judgment will sweep both him and it into perdition" (Scott).  Every man is as secure as his trust. A trust in God communicates a divine and lofty spirit. We feel that we are surrounded by God and living on high with him. Oh, the sweet security of the weakest believer, shut up in an impregnable fortress. But a vain trust brings a vain and proud heart, the immediate forerunner of ruin.  - From the Crossway Classic Commentary - Proverbs by Charles Bridges in the OliveTree Bible app.
  76. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding. PROVERBS 3:5 - God is in control. Whatever comes into our lives, we can confidently say, “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). - Graham, Billy (2012-06-12). Hope for Each Day Morning and Evening Devotions (p. 434). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. 
  77. Only a divine Savior can save us from our sins. We cannot save ourselves; even one sin, the Bible teaches, would be enough to keep us out of Heaven. Nor can a Savior who is less than God save us, for only God can forgive sin and make us part of His family forever. This is why “salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12 NIV). - Graham, Billy (2012-06-12). Hope for Each Day Morning and Evening Devotions (p. 437). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. 
  78. The Bible teaches that faith is the only approach we have to God.  No man has sins forgiven, no man goes to heaven, no man has assurance of peace and happiness, until he has faith in Jesus Christ. - From the section on “Faith” on page 133 of "Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.