God’s Fiats Are Not So Limited

God’s fiats are not so limited.  He can create by the sheer force of His divine command.  He can bring something out of nothing, life out of death.  He can do these things by the sound of his voice.

– Sproul, R.C., The Holiness of God, Kindle Edition, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill, Copyright 1985

William Law on Fasting

Although these abstinences give some pain to the body, yet they so lessen the power of bodily appetites and passions, and so increase our taste of spiritual joys, that even these severities of religion, when practiced with discretion, add much to the comfortable enjoyment of our lives.

– William Law

as quoted by Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; Crossway; Wheaton, Ill.; copyright  2004; p. 172

Fill Me With Heavenly Light

O Holy Jesus, Son of the most high God, Thou that wert scourged at a pillar, stretched and nailed on a cross for the sins of the world, unite me to Thy cross, and fill my soul with Thy holy, humble and suffering spirit, O Fountain of Mercy, Thou that didst save the thief upon the cross, save me from the guilt of a sinful life; Thou that didst cast seven devils out of Mary Magdalene, cast out of my heart all evil thoughts and wicked tempers.  O Giver of Life, Thou that didst raise Lazarus from the dead, raise up my soul from the death and darkness of sin.  Thou that didst give Thy Apostles power over unclean spirits, give me power over my own heart.  Thou that didst appear unto Thy disciples when the doors were shut, do Thou appear to me in the secret apartment of my heart.  Thou that didst cleanse the lepers, heal the sick, and give sight to the blind, cleanse my heart, heal the disorders of my soul, and fill me with heavenly light.

– William Law

as quoted by Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; Crossway; Wheaton, Ill.; copyright  2004; p. 169-170

Be Thou My Light and Peace

O Savior of the World, God of God, Light of light, Thou that art The Brightness of Thy Father’s glory, and the express Image of his person; Thou that art the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and End of all things; Thou that has destroyed the power of the devil, that hast overcome death; Thou that art entered into the Holy of Holies, that sittest at the right hand of the Father, that art high above all thrones and principalities, that makest intercession for all the world; Thou that art the judge of the quick and the dead; Thou that wilt speedily come down in the Father’s glory to reward all men according to their works, be Thou my light and my peace, etc.

Williams Law

as quoted by Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; Crossway; Wheaton, Ill.; copyright  2004; p. 169

Two Ways the Word of God Functions in Prayer

These two – the Spirit’s power and direction – correspond to two ways that the Word of God functions in our prayer.  The power of the Spirit is offered in promises of God’s Word, and we experience it by faith in the promise.  The direction of the Spirit is embodied in the wisdom of God’s Word, and we experience it by being saturated with that wisdom.  So if we would “pray in the Holy Spirit” we should, like Mueller, pray the Word of God, trusting the promises and absorbing the wisdom.

– Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; Crossway; Wheaton, Ill.; copyright  2004; p. 167

How to Have Spiritual Prayers

But when you saturate you mind with the Christ-exalting Word of God and turn it into prayer, your desires and your prayers become spiritual.  That is, they are shaped by the Holy Spirit into God centered, Christ-exalting prayers.  The glory of Christ, and the name of God, and the spiritual well-being of people and the delight you have in knowing Jesus – these become your dominant concerns and your constant requests.

– Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; Crossway; Wheaton, Ill.; copyright  2004; p. 166

Make This the Most Important Business of Your Life

According to my judgement the most important point to be attended to is this: above all things see to it that your souls are happy in the Lord.  Other things may press upon you, the Lord’s work may even have urgent claims upon your attention, but I deliberately repeat, it is of supreme and paramount importance that you should seek above all things to have your souls truly happy in God Himself!  Day by day seek to make this the most important business of your life.

– George Mueller

as quoted by Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; Crossway; Wheaton, Ill.; copyright  2004; p. 163

Practices that Showed the State of Their Hearts

If our blessed Lord used to pray early before day; if he spent whole nights in prayer; if the devout Anna was day and night in the temple; if St. Paul and Silas at midnight sang praises unto God; if primitive Christians, for several hundred years, besides their hours of prayers in the daytime, met publicly in the churches at midnight, to join in psalms and prayers; is it not certain that these practices showed the state of their hearts?  Are they not so many plain proofs of the whole turn of their minds?

– William Law

as quoted by Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; Crossway; Wheaton, Ill.; copyright  2004; p. 159-160

Praying Without Ceasing

Praying without ceasing means at least three things.  First, it means that there is a spirit of dependence that should permeate all we do…

Second – and I think this is what Paul has in mind most immediately – praying without ceasing means praying repeatedly and often.

Third, praying without ceasing means not giving up on prayer.

– Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; Crossway; Wheaton, Ill.; copyright  2004; p. 157

George Mueller’s Practice of Habitual Prayer

My practice had been, at least for ten years previously, as an habitual thing, to give myself to prayer, after having dressed myself in the morning.  N0w…the first thing I did, after having asked in a few words the Lord’s blessing upon His precious word, was to begin to meditate on the word of God, searching as it were, into every verse, to get blessing out of it..The result I have found to be almost invariably this, that after a very few minutes my soul has been led to confession, or to thanksgiving, or to intercession, or to supplication; so that, though I did not, as it were, give myself to prayer, but to meditation, yet it turned almost immediately more or less into prayer.  When thus I have been for a while making confession, or intercession, or supplication, or have given thanks, I go on to the next words or verse, turning all, as I go on, into prayer for myself or others, as the Word may lead to it.

– George Mueller, A Narrative of Some of the Lord’s Dealings with George Mueller

as quoted by Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; Crossway; Wheaton, Ill.; copyright  2004; p. 149