A saint is to put forth his faith in prayer,
and afterwards follow his prayer with faith.
Vavasor Powell 1617-1670
Taken from the book Smooth Stones taken from Ancient Brooks: Selections from the Writings of Thomas Brooks - Thomas Brooks 1608-1680
It is true, Abimelech was rich as well as Abraham, and so was Laban rich as well as Jacob, and Saul was a king as well as David, and Julian was an emperor as well as Constantine; but it was only Abraham, Jacob, David and Constantine, who had their blessings blessed unto them; all the rest had their blessings cursed unto them (Prov. 3:33; Mal. 2:12) They had many good things, but they had not 'the good will of him that dwelt in the bush' with what they had; and therefore all their mercies were but bitter-sweets unto them.
Taken from the book The Secret Key To Heaven by Thomas Brooks 1665
Yet while we live here, there is always some obscurity and darkness, for the veil of the Scriptures is not completely taken away; neither is the veil of ignorance and infidelity. There remain some ignorance, infidelity, and hardness of heart. Yet the veils are taken away here in great measure, and shall little by little be further taken away, till we see God face to face in heaven.
Taken from the book Glorious Freedom by Richard Sibbes 1639
Continue , then, always with God; it is the only support and comfort for your affliction.
Taken from the book The Practice of the Presence of God
by Brother Lawrence 1614-1691
Taken from the book The Godly Man's Picture by Thomas Watson 1666
"They shall be filled." God never bids us seek Him in vain. "He hath filled the hungry with good things" (Luke 1:53). "He satisfieth the longing soul" (Psalm 107:9). God will not let us lose our longing.
Taken from the book Extracts from the Writings of Thomas Watson
Thomas Watson 1620-1686
Taken from the book All Loves Excelling by John Bunyan 1692
And the Lord said to him, "Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, Acts 9:11 ESV
The Holy Ghost's evidence by which he convinced Ananias of Paul's conversion was not, "Behold, he talks loudly of his joys and feelings," but, "Behold, he prayeth," and that prayer was earnest, heart-broken confession and supplication. Oh to see this sure evidence in all who profess to be our converts!
Taken from the book The Soul Winner By Charles Spurgeon 1834-1892