16 Richard J. Foster Quotes

  • "Prayer is the human response to the perpetual outpouring of love by which God lays siege to every soul."

    - Richard J. Foster
    Topics: Prayer


  • "Adoration is the spontaneous yearning of the heart to worship, honor, magnify, and bless God. We ask nothing but to cherish him. We seek nothing but his exaltation. We focus on nothing but his goodness."

    - Richard J. Foster
    Topics: Worship


  • "The discovery of God lies in the daily and the ordinary, not in the spectacular and the heroic. If we cannot find God in the routines of home and shop, then we will not find Him at all."

    - Richard J. Foster
    Topics: God


  • "Our God is not made of stone. His heart is the most sensitive and tender of all. No act goes unnoticed, no matter how insignificant or small. A cup of cold water is enough to put tears in the eyes of God. God celebrates our feeble expressions of gratitude."

    - Richard J. Foster
    Topics: God, Gratitude


  • "Joy, not grit, is the hallmark of holy obedience. We need to be light-hearted in what we do to avoid taking ourselves too seriously. It is a cheerful revolt against self and pride."

    - Richard J. Foster
    Topics: Joy, Obedience


  • "The fruit of the Spirit is not push, drive, climb, grasp and trample. Life is more than a climb to the top of the heap."

    - Richard J. Foster
    Topics: Life


  • "Prayer involves transformed passions. In prayer, real prayer, we begin to think God's thoughts after Him: to desire the things He desires, to love the things He loves, to will the things He wills."

    - Richard J. Foster
    Topics: Prayer, Passion


  • "In worship an increased power steals its way into the heart sanctuary, an increased compassion grows in the soul. To worship is to change."

    - Richard J. Foster
    Topics: Worship, Change


  • "The truth of the matter is, we all come to prayer with a tangled mass of motives altruistic and selfish, merciful and hateful, loving and bitter. Frankly, this side of eternity we will never unravel the good from the bad, the pure from the impure. God is big enough to receive us with all our mixture."

    - Richard J. Foster
    Topics: Prayer


  • "Forms and rituals do not produce worship, nor does the disuse of forms and rituals. We can use all the right techniques and methods, we can have the best possible liturgy, but we have not worshipped the Lord until Spirit touches spirit."

    - Richard J. Foster
    Topics: Worship, Holy Spirit


  • "Just as worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience. If worship does not propel us into greater obedience, it has not been worship."

    - Richard J. Foster
    Topics: Joy, Obedience


  • "Our problem is that we assume prayer is something to master the way we master algebra or auto mechanics. But when praying, we come "underneath," where we calmly and deliberately surrender control and become incompetent."

    - Richard J. Foster
    Topics: Prayer


  • "Worship is our response to the overtures of love from the heart of the Father. Its central reality is found 'in spirit and truth.' It is kindled within us only when the Spirit of God touches our human spirit."

    - Richard J. Foster
    Topics: Worship


  • "If we truly love people, we will desire for them far more than it is within our power to give them, and this will lead us to prayer: Intercession is a way of loving others."

    - Richard J. Foster
    Topics: Intercession


  • "Children do not find it difficult or complicated to talk to their parents, nor do they feel embarrassed to bring the simplest need to their attention. Neither should we hesitate to bring the simplest requests confidently to the Father."

    - Richard J. Foster
    Topics: Children



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