On the Sovereignty of God in the Midst of Devastations -Douglas Wilson-

“John Piper lives in a universe where terrible things happen, but he knows that when we come to know the whole story, we will stop our mouths, and bow before a holy God in order to worship Him — and all manner of things shall be well. To acknowledge God’s sovereignty in such things does not keep our hearts from breaking in the midst of such devastation. The sovereignty of God is a hard shell case that carries and protects the tender heart.

Douglas Wilson (on his blog, May 22, 2013) (emphasis mine)

On Prayer and God’s Sovereignty -Jerry Bridges-

“Prayer assumes the sovereignty of God. If God is not sovereign, we have no assurance that He is able to answer our prayers. Our prayers would become nothing more than wishes. But while God’s sovereignty, along with His wisdom and love, is the foundation of our trust in Him, prayer is the expression of trust.”

Jerry Bridges, Trusting God; Even When Life Hurts (p.113)

On Learning to Pray -Elisabeth Elliot-

“Learning to pray is learning to trust the wisdom, the power, and the love of our Heavenly Father, always so far beyond our dreams. He knows our need and knows ways to meet it that have never been entered our heads. Things we feel sure we need for happiness may often lead to our ruin. Things we think will ruin us (the chariots of Egypt, the waters of the sea, or the little waves in Belmar!), if we believe what the Father tells us and surrender ourselves into His strong arms, bring us deliverance and joy.”

Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart (p.33)

On Our Past Story -Elisabeth Elliot-

“All of the past, I believe, is part of God’s story of each child of His -a mystery of love and sovereignty, written before the foundation of the world, never a hindrance to the task He has designed for us, but rather the very preparation suited to our particular personality’s need.”

Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart (p.24)