S.D. Gordon Quotes
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In the early 1900s, Samuel Dickey Gordon was a widely traveled speaker in high demand. A prolific author, he wrote more than 25 devotional books, most with the phrase "Quiet Talks" in the title. His first book sold half a million copies over 40 years!
As a young man, he was hard working , consecrated and sought the best God had for him. He served as assistant secretary of the Philadelphia Young Men's Christian Association in 1884-86 so efficiently that he became state secretary for the YMCA in Ohio, serving from 1886 to 1895. In this period he developed a quiet style of devotional speaking which was quite the opposite of the powerful forensics which dominated the pulpit style of that period.
An incessant and tireless itinerant, Gordon never lacked for opportunities to preach. He never called himself a preacher, preferring the title of lecturer. In a real sense he was unique. His manner of speaking, never dull, always illustrated by parabolic stories, had gripping power to hold the attention and stir the heart.
| God's greatest agency; man's greatest agency, for defeating the enemy and winning men back is intercession.|
| Jesus was God spelling himself out in language humanity could understand.|
| Joy is distinctly a Christian word and a Christian thing. It is the reverse of happiness. Happiness is the result of what happens of an agreeable sort. Joy has its springs deep down inside. And that spring never runs dry, no matter what happens. Only Jesus gives that joy. He had joy, singing its music within, even under the shadow of the cross.|
Topics: Joy, Happiness
| If there are two persons praying, there are three. If three meet to pray, there are four praying. There is always one more than you can see.|
Topics: Prayer, Unity
| The great people of the earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer, nor those who say they believe in prayer, nor yet those who can explain about prayer; but I mean these people who take time and pray. They have not time. It must be taken from something else. This something else is important, very important, and pressing, but still less important and less pressing than prayer. There are people that put prayer first, and group the other items in life's schedule around and after prayer.|
| The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray. It is not the only thing; but it is the chief thing. The great people of the earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; not those who can explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time and pray.|
| You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.|
| Prayer is repeating the victor's name (Jesus) into the ears of Satan and insisting on his retreat.|
Topics: Prayer, Satan, Victory
| Prayer wonderfully clears the vision; steadies the nerves; defines duty; stiffens the purpose; sweetens and strengthens the spirit.|
Topics: Prayer, Strength
| Prayer is partnership with God in His planet-sized purposes, and includes the "all things" beside, as an important detail of the whole.|
| Prayer strikes the winning blow; service is simply picking up the pieces.|
Topics: Prayer, Service
| Prayer does not influence God. Prayer surely does influence God. It does not influence His purpose. It does influence His action.|