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Related Bible Passages
  • “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”  Matthew 18:20.
  • “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.  Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.”  Joel 2:28-29.
  • “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.  God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”  John 4:23-24.
  • “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31.
Related Quaker Quotes
  • “It is a wonderful thing to be called to the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”  On Being Moved by the Spirit to Minister in Public Worship, by Lewis Benson.
  • “In your meetings for worship be earnestly concerned to enter reverently into communion with God.  Come with minds and hearts prepared.  Yield yourselves up to the influence of the Divine Presence so that you may find the evil in you weakening and the good raised up.  God calls each one to the service of the meeting.  Be obedient and faithful, whether by word or silent prayerful waiting; and be ready to receive the message of others in a tender spirit.”  Advice 4, OYM Book of Discipline.
  • “Bidding a man to pray without the Spirit is like asking him to see without his eyes, to work without his hands, or to walk without using his feet.  And expecting a man to pray before the Spirit in some measure moves him to is like wanting him to see before he opens his eyes, or to work with his hands before he begins to move them.”  Barclay’s Apology in Modern English, Freiday, ed., p. 291.
  • “Now our adversaries will acknowledge that prayers without the Spirit are not according to the will of God; and therefore such as pray without it have no ground to expect an answer; for  indeed to bid a man pray without the Spirit is all one as to bid one see without eyes, work without hands, or go without feet.  And to desire a man to fall to prayer ere the Spirit, in some measure less or  more, move him thereunto is to desire a man to see before he open his eyes, or to walk before he rise up, or to work with his hands before he moves them.”  An Apology for the True Christian Divinity, p. 334, by Robert Barclay.
  • ”For it was not by the strength of arguments, or by the formal discussion of each doctrine in order to convince my understanding, that I came to receive and bear witness to the truth.  Rather it was by being mysteriously reached by this life.  For when I came into the silent assemblies of God’s people, I felt a secret power among them, which touched my heart.  And as I gave way to it, I found the evil in me weakening, and the good lifted up.  Thus it was that I was knit into them and united with them.  And I hungered more and more for the increase of this power and life until I could feel myself perfectly redeemed.”  Barclay’s Apology in Modern English, Dean Freiday, ed., p. 254.
  • “For not a few have come to be convinced of the Truth after this manner, of which I myself, in a part, am a true witness, who not by strength of arguments or by a particular disquisition of each doctrine and convincement of my understanding thereby, came to receive and bear witness of the Truth, but by being secretly reached by this Life; for when I came into the silent assemblies of God’s people I felt a secret power among them which touched my heart, and as I gave way unto it, I found the evil weakening in me and the good raised up, and so I became thus knit  and united unto them, hungering more and more after the increase of this Power and Life whereby I might feel myself perfectly redeemed...”  An Apology for the True Christian Divinity, p. 300, by Robert Barclay. 
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