Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
ON TODAY'S SITE:
Melody Beattie, Brennan Manning, A. W. Pink, Book of Psalms,
Thomas a Kempis, George MacDonald, Lewis Carroll, William Culbertson
Prayer is a fascinating subject to me. It has so many aspects to it:
praise, petition, gratitude, faith, hope, trust...Oh, let's stop there, on
trust, because something just became clearer to me today. If we truly
trust in God, by definition, we must trust that He hears every single one of
our prayers, and that He will answer them each and every time. I know that
sounds pretty basic, but I discovered that in trying to "let go and let God," I'd
lost the confident expectation that God was truly, deliberately going to answer.
Well, slap me on the wrist and buy me a copy of "Prayer for Dummies!"
God has promised to answer all of our prayers. The answer may be "yes, no,
not now" or "I have a better idea," but He will directly answer us. He promises
us, guarantees even, that He will. Once we have given our hearts and our will
to Him, the lines of God/man communication begin to hum with dialogue.
Prayers are not meant to be monologues that we deliver into the air! So,
when you pray today, pray expectantly. Anticipate and delight in His
answers, because they are Goodness itself! Expect it!
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Bring any request you have to God. No request is too large; none too small
or insignificant. How often we limit God by not bringing to God
everything we want and need.
Do we need help in getting our balance? Getting through the day?
Do we need help in a particular relationship? With a particular character
defect? Attaining a character asset?...
Do we need information? An insight? Support? A friend?
Is there something in God's Universe that would really bring us joy?
We can ask for it. We can ask God for whatever we want. Put the request in God's
hands, trusting it has been heard, then let it go. Leave the decision to God...
Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
Trust is that rare and priceless treasure that wins us the affection of our heavenly Father.
Author, priest, comtemplative
Excerpted from "Ruthless Trust"
Nothing is too great and nothing is too small
to commit into the hands of the Lord.
AW Pink (1886-1952)
Evangelist and Biblical scholar
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Trust in Hashem and do good; dwell in the land and nourish yourself
with faithfulness. And rely upon Hashem for your enjoyments, for He
will grant you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to Hashem,
rely on Him and He will act. He will bring forth your righteousness
like a light, and your justice like the high noon.
The Stone Edition Tanach
Grant me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know,
to love what I ought to love, to praise what delights
you most, to value what is precious in your sight...
Thomas a Kempis (c. 1380-1471)
German Catholic monk and author
He who seeks the Father more than anything He can give, is
likely to have what he asks, for he is not likely to ask amiss.
George MacDonald (1824-1905)
Scottish poet, author and Christian minister
I have had prayers answered -- most strangely so sometimes -
but I think our heavenly Father's loving-kindness has been
even more evident in what He has refused me.
Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
Author of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
The Last Word:
Keep praying, but be thankful that God's
answers are wiser than your prayers!
William Culbertson (1905-1971)
Episcopal Bishop, President of Moody College
(Interesting factoid: His last words
were said to be: "God...God...Yes!")
Totally Random Bonus Quote:
A diamond is a chunk of coal that
has made good under pressure.