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Prayer Quotes – Madame Guyon

Madame Guyon Quotes

  1. After you have been meditating in the Word and praying it out to God for some time, you will gradually find how easy it is to come into His presence. You will remember other Scriptures with less difficulty. Prayer has now become easy, sweet, and delightful.
  2. All that I know is that God is infinitely holy, righteous and happy; that all goodness is in Him.
  3. All we have to do is to remain faithful to God and wholly attentive to his will, and everything that is necessary will be given to us.
  4. All who desire to pray may pray without difficulty as they are strengthened by those universal graces and gifts of the Holy Spirit which all men and women possess.
  5. As soon as you come in the presence of God, remain in respectful silence for a little while… Simply Enjoy God.
  6. Besides the potent magnetism of the centre itself, there is, in every creature, a corresponding tendency to reunion with its own particular centre, and this is vigorous and active in proportion to the spirituality and perfection of the subject.
  7. But the misfortune is that people wish to direct God instead of resigning themselves to be directed by Him.
  8. Do not turn to prayer hoping to enjoy spiritual delights; rather come to prayer totally content to receive nothing or to receive great blessing from God’s hand, which ever should be your heavenly Father’s will for you at that time. This will enable you to live close to God in times of sadness as well as in times when you are being comforted by God.
  9. Go to your place of prayer not only to enjoy spiritual delights, but simply to please the Father.
  10. God communicates Himself to us in proportion as we are prepared to receive Him.
  11. God does not contradict Himself. It is true that he who seeks God, yet is unwilling to forsake his sins, will not find Him. But he who seeks God and forsakes sin will certainly find Him.
  12. God is greatly grieved at the lack of trust among His children. Yet He delights when we come to Him in simple, childlike confidence
  13. God, is only to be found in our inner selves, which is the holy of holies where God dwells.
  14. I entreat you, give no place to despondency. This is a dangerous temptation–a refined, not a gross temptation of the adversary. Melancholy contracts and withers the heart, and renders it unfit to receive the impressions of grace. It magnifies and gives a false colouring to objects, and thus renders your burdens too heavy to bear. God’s designs regarding you, and His methods of bringing about these designs, are infinitely wise.
  15. I have learnt to love the darkness of sorrow; there you see the brightness of His face.
  16. I henceforth take Jesus Christ to be mine. I promise to receive Him as a husband to me. And I give myself to Him, unworthy though I am, to be His spouse. I ask of Him, in this marriage of spirit with spirit, that I may be of the same mind with Him–meek, pure, nothing in myself, and united in God’s will. And pledged as I am to be His, I accept, as a part of my marriage portion, the temptations and sorrows, the crosses and the contempt, which fell to Him.
  17. In a similar way when our emotions are set on fire, if we try to stir them up even more, we extinguish the flame, and the soul is deprived of its nourishment. We should, therefore, in stillness and quiet, with respect, confidence, and love, swallow the blessed food that we have tasted.
  18. Know this fundamental truth as you begin [praying]. When Jesus prays for God’s Kingdom to come, remember that He said, ‘the kingdom of God is within you.
  19. Many souls who are called to the enjoyment of God Himself and not merely to the gifts of God, spend all their lives in pursuing and in feeding on little consolations.
  20. Meditating on God’s Word in prayer is desirable, but known by very few.
  21. My earnest wish is to paint in true colors the goodness of God to me, and the depth of my own ingratitude.
  22. Our souls can only be renewed when we are passive towards the Spirit who alone can renew us. For who can restore the image of God within us in its original form, except for Jesus Christ Himself who is the essential image of his Father?
  23. Prayer from the heart is not interrupted by the thoughts from a person’s mind. Indeed nothing can interrupt this prayer except for ungodly inclinations.
  24. Prayer is nothing more than turning our heart toward God and receiving in turn His love.
  25. Prayer is the application of the heart to God, and the internal exercise of love… To attract and draw the soul into the rest of love, and not into the many ways of the self.
  26. Prayer is the guide to perfection, and prayer delivers us from every vice, and gives us every virtue; for the one way to become perfect is to walk in the presence of God.
  27. The closer the soul draws to God, the further she travels from her own wishes. In this way the influence on her life from her passions diminishes. The soul should have a pure and disinterested love, as it seeks nothing from God, but only to please Him, and to do His will.
  28. The greatest book in the world is Jesus Christ Himself. He will teach you everything that can be readily understood by the inner self.
  29. The ideas we have of the divine being fall infinitely short of what He really is. A living faith in His presence is all we need.
  30. The interior is not a stronghold to be taken by storm and violence; but a kingdom of peace, which is to be gained only by love.
  31. The love of God encompasses everything within itself and everything that is rooted in love stems from God.
  32. The only way to Heaven is prayer; a prayer of the heart, which everyone is capable of, and not of reasonings which are the fruits of study, or exercise of the imagination, which, in filling the mind with wandering objects, rarely settle it; instead of warming the heart with love to God, they leave it cold and languishing.
  33. The soul seeks God by faith, not by the reasonings of the mind and labored efforts, but by the drawings of love; to which inclinations God responds, and instructs the soul, which co-operates actively. God then puts the soul in a passive state where He accomplishes all, causing great progress, first by way of enjoyment, then by privation, and finally by pure love.
  34. There is only one requirement that you must follow at all times [in prayer]. This simple requirement is you must learn to pray from your heart and not your head.
  35. They must learn how to close their human eyes and how to open their spiritual eyes. Then they should concentrate on building up their inner spiritual being and, through their trust in their God who lives in them, come into the divine presence.
  36. To seek after God in the right way is easier and more natural than breathing.
  37. We can rest assured that God will never give up with us until we are totally given over to God. Then He will kill off in us anything that remains alive but which ought to be put to death.
  38. We must cooperate with and help to bring about God’s purposes which tend to strip us of all our own self-effort so that God may be enthroned in our lives. Let this be done in you; and do not allow yourself to be attached to anything, however good it may appear.
  39. We must forget ourselves and all self-interest, and listen, and be attentive to God.
  40. When at any time the passions are turbulent, a gentle retreat inwards to a present God, easily deadens and pacifies them.
Madame Guyon

Madame Guyon's Quotes on Prayer

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3 Responses to “Prayer Quotes – Madame Guyon”

  1. Dan Black says:

    These are some great quotes. Thank you for sharing them.

  2. Patricia Noble Reedy says:

    This is the closest and most simplest representation of my heart and my soul. I should like to write so plain for others to to see that our God con do what we deem impossible.

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