I love quotes! Whether from a great book, the Bible, or one of my favorite theologians. I love that quotes are small bits of information or insight that can be used to better understand a concept or use as a reference on specific topics. I also enjoy reading books that help expand my knowledge on various subjects. I have combined these two loves to create a series where I’ll share 10 of my favorite quotes from a recent book I’ve read.

I start with Prayer by John Onwuchekwa. I wanted to read this book firstly because John is my pastor and dear friend/brother. Secondly, I felt I needed more insight into how prayer shapes the church. Prayer delivered great insight and engaging personal stories that made the material encouraging yet practical.

  1. “We don’t treat prayer like breathing. We treat it like prescription medication meant to rid us of an infection. Once the infection is gone, so is the frequency and fervency of our prayers.” (19)
  2. “Prayer is oxygen for the Christian. It sustains us. So it follows that prayer must be a source of life for any community of Christians. It is to the church what it is to individuals-breathing. Yet many of our gatherings could be likened to people coming together merely to hold their collective breath. This would explain why people seem to have so little energy for actually living out the Christian life.” (23)
  3. “Like a prescription, prayer eases our concerns before repairing our circumstances.” (36)
  4. “Think of prayer as God’s prescription for life in a fallen world.” (35)
  5. “We are children desperately in need of a Father willing to constantly give unconditional love because we constantly fail at all the conditions.” (43)
  6. “In prayer, we embrace the right posture of longing for His glory before His provision.” (45)
  7. ” We won’t consistently pray if we’re not sure of God’s ability. So much of our failure to pray comes from subtly believing that within God exists the possibility of failure. Because of this, we never ask God to do the impossible. Instead, we pursue only the things we can accomplish on our own.” (71)
  8. ” But Jesus wrestles in prayer. He surrenders his heart to God, and he experiences unimaginable strength to move forward (see Luke 22:43). Through his example, Jesus reminds us that surrendering our hearts to God is the pathway to strengthen our hands.” (73)
  9. “We explore the wonder of who God is during our prayer of adoration. We embrace the mercy he provides during our prayer of confession. We reflect on all he’s done for us during our prayer of thanksgiving. We lean on him and feel his strength during our prayer of supplication. By including all these prayers in our Sunday service, we display the width and depth of our relationship with God.” (88)
  10. “As we weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice (Rom. 12:15), we’re reminded that were part of a family. Were reminded that each of us possesses a bigger identity. The “I” has become a “we”. No longer are we individuals consumed with our own worlds. We’re interdependent parts of a body called to give thanks together and grieve together. Our joys and sufferings are no longer merely personal and confidential; they’re meant to be felt vicariously. Everyone is in the community is called to experience the joys of God’s goodness in the lives of others while simultaneously inhaling the secondhand smoke of each other’s hard times. As a family, we come together to share these things, and then take them to God in both praise and petition.” (97)

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  1. I’ve just finished reading the book, and found it a real encouragement as a pastor. One brief question i’d love to ask john – where is the appendix? it’s mentioned on p.16 – but it’s not in my edition.

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