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