File under “Accidentally True”

I recently watched video of a sermon by PJ Smyth (you might remember him) in which he quoted the evangelist A.C. Dixon (at 15:50):

When we depend upon organizations, we get what organizations can do; when we depend upon education, we get what education can do; when we depend upon man, we get what man can do; but when we depend upon prayer, we get what God can do.

(I think he may have misrepresented the quote slightly — see here, or here — or maybe Dixon expressed this sentiment repeatedly in several sources. In any case, the meaning is well-preserved.)

I absolutely agree: when we choose whether to seek help from any source — be it organizations, education, prayer, or whatever — we should examine what we know those things can actually do. Thanks for the reminder, A.C. Dixon!

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  1. I think that this post is especially interesting considering the prayer proclamations for the oil spill in the gulf. Even Obama in his oval office speech said that the “Blessing” is simply that God is with us. So, we get what god can do – nothing. When my son was in the hospital with a burst appendix I did not pray. It was the doctors (and, by extension, science) who were able to save his life . God had nothing to do with it, unless He really did design my son’s appendix, in which case I need to find the warranty papers! 5 years or 50,000 miles?

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