He has the heart and arm. I have the need.

Durer praying hands

Martyn Lloyd-Jones:

“We should go into His presence as a child goes to his father. We do it with reverence and godly fear, of course, but we should go with a childlike confidence and simplicity.”

Octavius Winslow:

“Believing prayer is prevailing, successful prayer.  It assails the kingdom of heaven with holy violence, and carries it as by storm.  It believes that God has both the heart and the arm; both the love that moves Him, and the power that enables Him; to do all and to grant all that His pleading child requests of Him.”

C.S. Lewis:

“I pray because I can’t help myself.  I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time — waking and sleeping.  It doesn’t change God — it changes me.”

“Pray without ceasing” (I Thess. 5:17)

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Painting: Albrecht Durer, Study of Praying Hands, 1508

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About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and currently work at two jobs for which I'm very grateful -- part-time at my kids' school, and as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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6 Responses to He has the heart and arm. I have the need.

  1. Heather Morse says:

    Thanks for the challenge, Jill.

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Jill says:

      You’re welcome, Heather! Those three quotes, gathered together, are so much of what I need to remember when talking to my Father!

  2. Tamara says:

    I just discovered your blog and it’s amaaaazing!
    I need to read it all.

    • Jill says:

      Thank you, Tamara! It makes me so very happy if God uses anything I write to encourage anyone, and so I’ll be praying that He’ll use His truth contained in my posts to turn your heart toward Him! Thank you so much for writing to tell me!

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