My object will be, if possible to form Christian men,
for Christian boys I can scarcely hope to make.
A letter, in 1828, on the appointment to Headmaster of Rugby.
2 Chronicles 7:14; if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
What is the meaning of Humble?
Webster’s Dictionary defines humble: adjective; 1) not proud or arrogant; modest: 2) low importance, status, or condition; lowly, unpretentious: 3) having or showing a consciousness of one’s shortcomings: 4) to make meek:
What might it mean to Jesus to be a humble child?
poor in spirit
free from pride
gentle as a lamb
Matthew 5:5; Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
What is the meaning of meek?
Webster’s Dictionary defines meek: adjective; 1) characterized by patience and long-suffering: 2) deficient in spirit and courage: 3) moderate, modest
What might it mean to Jesus to be a meek child?
Against such there is no law.
These are just two words I have been meditating do you have any thoughts?
Am I the clay?
Do I have a say?
Of how a Potter’s Hands
moves in this clay?
Am I the clay?
Do I have a say?
To instruct a Potter’s Hands
of what tools to use on this clay?
Am I the clay?
Do I have a say?
To demand a Potter’s Hands
what vessel to make of this clay?
But now, O Lord,
thou art our Father;
we are the clay, and thou our
And all we are the work of thy
There was this certain father who had two sons one older and a younger yet close in age. The elder brother was always finding fault with the younger and like wise the younger with the elder. One day a match of strength broke out between the two boys and the father’s prized clock given to him by his grandfather was smashed.
When the damaged clock was found by the father, he summon for the two sons. The two boys appeared before the father and were asked to give their account on how the prized clock had been smashed. The elder son gave his account first, he explained how he could not possibly be held responsible for it was damaged during his bout with his younger brother. In the elder’s son account he managed to find the fault of the damage with his younger brother. The younger son’s story was some what the same only he too had the fault falling upon his older brother.
The father in his wisdom said, “I am unable to determine who is at fault at this time. So I need for you not to speak to one another nor see one another for the next hour. I want you to go to separate places and judge the punishment I should give out to your brother for damaging my clock. After which time I shall listen to the judgement you have placed on one another. Then I will give you my decision on who is guilty or not and hand out your punishments.”
After one hour the boys returned heads hanging low and unable to look at their father in his eyes. He spoke to the elder son, “What do you have to say? What punishment, what judgement have you placed upon your brother’s head for you have found him guilty of smashing my grandfather’s clock.
The elder son spoke. “My brother is the one who is always provoking me to defend myself. He should be punished by giving up his allowance until the repair of the clock is paid in full. He needs to be grounded for six weeks from all things he enjoys.”
The father replied, “Very well. Now my younger son what judgement have you come up with against your brother. For you also found him guilty of smashing my grandfather’s clock?”
The younger son began with a tearful voice, “It is true I do provoke my brother and he also me. It is true I am guilty of the damage to the clock. Father I wish to forgive my brother of the crime we have committed against you. I will take the blame alone for I have forgiven him of the acts he has done to me. Please do not punish my brother for this?”
The Father looked at his two sons both with their heads now even lower and replied, “Very well. My eldest please go and get my Bible.”
The eldest son returned shortly with his father’s Bible and went to hand it to his father. The father did not take the Bible. Instead he said to him, “Turn to Luke 6:37, and read to verse 42. ”
The eldest read with a cracking voice, “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. for with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own? Or how can you say to brother. ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye.’ when you yourself do not see the plank in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”
The boy closed the Bible and handed it to his father and stepped back waiting for the coming judgement.
The father then with authority announced his ruling, “My youngest, I find you guilty of damaging my grandfather’s clock. Son because you did not judge your brother and did not condemn him and ask for him to be forgiven; I now forgive you of your misconduct I will not punish you. My eldest son I find you guilty of damaging my grandfather’s clock. Son because you did judge your brother and you did condemn your brother with the same measure I will pronounce your punishment: You will forfeit your allowance till two times the value of the clock is paid. You be grounded for twelve weeks and the only thing you can do are the chores around this place. That is all now go.”
The youngest son asked, “May I speak father?” His father nodded yes, so he made a tearful plea, “Father if I ask of you again would you please forgive my brother because you love me? If I ask again would you please forgive my brother because I love him? If I ask again would you please forgive my brother because you love him? Would you please?”
With tears in his eyes and joy in his heart the father cried, “Yes I forgive you both, Yes I love you both! You are forgiven.” He then grabbed his boys and hugged them and kissed them. After which he carried his grandfather’s clock out and pitched it in the trash and never thought of it again.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!
Quotes of wisdom from the saints of the past I pray that their lessons learned may be applied to my heart and yours, Amen.
It is wonderful the effect of a single verse of Scripture when the Spirit of God applies it to the soul. What power would come upon the soul if we would grasp a single line of Scripture and suck the honey out of it till our soul is filled with sweetness.
C. H. Spurgeon
But what does asking for the Kingdom mean? A Kingdom is the domain of a King. Praying for God’s Kingdom to come is, more than anything else, asking for His rule or governance to be released into a situation. Whether it be for a nation, a city, an organization, a home, or an individual, when we ask for the Kingdom we are saying, “God, would You come and rule in this affair?” And when God’s rule is manifested, all is well.
If a church prays in unity and are of one accord that church will never become a drifting ghost ship manned with dead man’s bones.
O Almighty God, who hast built thy Church upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the head corner-stone; Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be made a Holy Temple acceptable unto Thee. Amen
Book of Common Prayer
When Jesus uttered the simple request to His Father, “ Thy Kingdom come,” He was not only thinking of the Messianic Kingdom, but also implied that He was inviting Him to establish His Kingdom in the hearts and lives of men.
W. Phillip Keller
God never ceases to speak to us, but the noise of the world without and the tumult of our passions within bewilder us and prevent us from listening to Him.
The sooner I forget myself in the desire that He may be glorified, the richer will the blessing be that prayer will bring to myself.
As you read through the Bible, write down in your journal every time God asks a question. As you go through your day, try to answer that question, with words and actions.
Lord, there are times when I am so busy sending panic memos off to You that I fail to discern Your voice assuring me that Your Grace is sufficient.
A. W. Tozer
They who have steeped their souls in prayer
Can every anguish calmly bear.
Richard Monckton Milnes Houghton
Here again I have found wisdom spoken about prayer and meditation.
Prayer comes naturally in a garden.
All mothers have a peculiar place in the divine economy. Who can tell the far – reaching effects of a godly mother’s prayers, counsel, and example? The most hardened men melt when reminded of a good mother, no matter how far they have strayed from her precepts.
H. A. Ironside
Prayer arises from a heart that longs to be close to the Father. Satan uses busyness to keep people just to busy to give the Father the time we need.
It is not the busy skimming over religious books or the careless hastening through religious duties which makes for a strong Christian faith. Rather, it is unhurried meditation on the gospel truths and exposing of our minds to these truths that yield the fruit of a sanctified character.
Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.
Prayer is a discipline of your time, you give to God your time, and giving God your time for you.
Running out of time for prayer is like the body running out of time for blood.
God will speak to us if we read and study and obey the Word of God! But when he does speak, we should speak back to Him in prayer and devotion.
A. W. Tozer
Solitude and silence . . . Supply the state most conducive to the still small voice of God.
The value of persistent prayer is not that He will hear us but that we will finally hear Him.
God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
C. S. Lewis
These are some Quotes on prayer I have found through the years.
There are two kinds of people those who say to God. “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.” C. S. Lewis
People are drawn to prayer because they know that God’s power flows primarily to people who pray. Bill Hybels
If you are willing to commit your prayer to paper, you probably really mean it…. To write it down is one step in self-committal. E. Stanley Jones
If we are not entirely dedicated to our own prayers, we should not expect God to wast time with us. Charles L. Allen
Nothing brings such leanness into a man’s soul as lack of prayer. C. H. Spurgeon
The devil smiles when we make plans. He laughs when we get too busy. But he trembles when we pray—-especially when we pray together. Corrie ten Boom
The greatest thing one person can do for another is to pray for him. If at this moment you pray for someone, even though he is on the other side of the globe, the Lord Jesus will touch Him. Corrie ten Boom
None can believe how powerful prayer is, and what it is able to effect, but those who have learned it by experience. Martin Luther
Prayer requires more of the heart than of the tongue. Adam Clarke
The fewer the words, the better the prayer. Martin Luther
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