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Oswald Chambers Quotes


A prominent early twentieth century Scottish Protestant Christian minister and teacher, best known as the author of the widely-read devotional My Utmost for His Highest.
(1874 - 1917)

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A good book, in the language of the book-sellers, is a salable one; in that of the curious, a scarce one; in that of men of sense, a useful and instructive one.
 

Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind.
[Blessed]
 

Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
 

Do not have as your motive the desire to be known as a praying man. Get an inner chamber in which to pray where no one knows you are praying, shut the door, and talk to God in secret.
[Prayer]
 

Every time we pray our horizon is altered, our attitude to things is altered, not sometimes but every time, and the amazing thing is that we don't pray more.
[Prayer]
 

Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.
 

Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything. Unless in the first waking moment of the day you learn to fling the door wide back and let God in, you will work on a wrong level all day; but swing the door wide open and pray to your Father in secret, and every public thing will be stamped with the presence of God.
[Prayer]
 

God does not exist to answer our prayers, but by our prayers we come to discern the mind of God.
[Prayer]
 

God's "nothings" are His most positive answers. We have to stay on God and wait. Never try to help God to fulfill His word.
[Prayer]
 

God's silences are His answers. If we only take as answers those that are visible to our senses, we are in a very elementary condition of grace.
[Prayer]
 

Holiness, not happiness, is the chief end of man.
 

Human nature, if it healthy, demands excitement; and if it does not obtain its thrilling excitement in the right way, it will seek it in the wrong. God never makes bloodless stoics; He makes no passionless saints.
[Human Nature]
 

I have learnt that I am me, that I can do the things that, as one might put it, me can do, but I cannot do the things that me would like to do.
 

If God sees that my spiritual life will be furthered by giving the things for which I ask, then He will give them, but that is not the end of prayer. The end of prayer is that I come to know God Himself.
[Prayer]
 

If in preaching the gospel you substitute your knowledge of the way of salvation for confidence in the power of the gospel, you hinder people from getting to reality.
 

If we rely on the Holy Spirit, we shall find that our prayers become more and more inarticulate; and when they are inarticulate, reverence grows deeper and deeper.
[Prayer]
 

If you have ever prayed in the dawn you will ask yourself why you were so foolish as not to do it always: it is difficult to get into communion with God in the midst of the hurly-burly of the day.
[Prayer]
 

Intercessory prayer for one who is sinning prevails. God says so! The will of the man prayed for does not come into question at all, he is connected with God by prayer, and prayer on the basis of the Redemption sets the connection working and God gives life.
[Prayer]
 

It is by no haphazard chance that in every age men have risen early to pray. The first thing that marks decline in spiritual life is our relationship to the early morning.
[Prayer]
 

It is impossible to conduct your life as a disciple without definite times of secret prayer.
[Prayer]
 


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