dord (dôrd), n. density of mind; chiefly exhibited by one who attempts to demonstrate supposed knowledge --adj. dord'ish

5.01.2008

May's Quote to Ponder

"When we depend upon organizations, we get what organizations can do; when we depend upon educations, we get what education can do; when we depend upon man, we get what man can do; but when we depend upon prayer, we get what God can do."
--A.C. Dixon

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4 Comments:

Blogger Megan said...

wow this quote is so... quotable :-)
I read it this morning and not an hour later I was already quoting it.
Thanks for posting.

5/02/2008 12:16 PM

 
Blogger Sterling said...

Great quote! However, I've been wrestling with this thought lately- prayer doesn't do anything, God does. I am not saying that this quote says this, I have just recognized subtleties that have developed in my thoughts that tend toward assigning a power to the prayer itself. I heard somebody say the other day that this is the Eastern/New Age view of prayer, that the prayer actually is the affecting agent.

5/02/2008 8:59 PM

 
Blogger Megan said...

yeah I was pondering the same thing. Thanks for saying out loud Sterl

5/02/2008 11:14 PM

 
Blogger Jason said...

I know that you mentioned that you weren't referring to this quote with your comment, but I re-read the quote after reading your comment, and was struck by how direct Mr. Dixon was in speaking against thinking that prayer "does something."

organizations -> what organizations can do
education -> what education can do
man -> what man can do
prayer -> what God can do

Something else that is interesting: I probably most often struggle with the opposite of what you've mentioned. It's a lot easier for me to pray because I know that it is impossible to seek God or to humble a proud heart without prayer; yet I can lack faith that God will specifically answers specific supplications.

5/06/2008 9:30 PM

 

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