Presumptuous?

To thank the Lord before the blessing received,
Seems presumptuous — Who can guarantee
What God will do? Ah, but we’ve believed
His promise! The pleaded gift by faith we see.

One Leaf

O little leaf that no one sees,
That in the forest hides —
You flutter gently in the breeze;
One leaf no shade provides.

Together with your brother leaves,
You hold the sun at bay —
Relief the weary soul receives,
And finds a place to pray.

All obey

A good prayer, if one understands the truth of the gospel:

O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Prayer

Guide, guard, protect

This Catholic devotional site uses the same three verbs here that some of our people use in prayer:

These words from the Prophet Isaiah speak of the care God has for his people, watching over them at every moment, to guard them, guide them, protect them.

Maybe it’s a coincidence. If not, where’s the source for this usage? That would be fascinating to know.

Evangelism bad, evangelist good?

  1. Ironic that many in the church think it’s wrong to do evangelism (that old postmodernist view) while the word “evangelist” has become a popular secular term.

  2. Prayer sites, more than Bible-related sites, are problematic. It’s one thing to filter through denominational language and doctrines while reading, quite another to do it for prayer.

  3. This is not a bad description of God’s jealousy: “God’s passionate commitment to God’s people.”

  4. The Taizé people sing, “God is nothing but love.” God in our own image here? God is love, certainly, says 1 John 4.8, 16, but he is more than love.

  5. Create a Now page. Cool idea.

  6. An original verse: From now till then, from here to there, / With thumbs on a phone glued to your chair.

  7. A Bible verse: “The voice of the Lord is powerful. The voice of the Lord is majestic” Psalm 29.4 GW.

Too deep for me

Here’s one for you: A course on “Centering Prayer as Purification, Illumination, Union.”

“we will focus on how the practice of Centering Prayer serves as a doorway into a process that involves a downward movement into one’s inmost being to what’s blocking the free flow of grace and a rising movement of the influence of the Divine Indwelling within, which awakens an awareness of the immense love and goodness that is at the heart of all creation. Ultimately, this results in the transformation of our entire being.”

Does anybody understand this?! (It’s too deep for me.) And only for $79.95!

Wm. Barclay on intercession in prayer

John has just been speaking about the Christian privilege of prayer; and now he goes on to single out for special attention the prayer of intercession for the brother who needs praying for. It is very significant that, when John speaks about one kind of prayer, it is not prayer for ourselves; it is prayer for others. Prayer must never be selfish;, it must never be concentrated entirely upon our own selves and our own problems and our own needs. It must be an outgoing activity. As Westcott put it: “The end of prayer is the perfection of the whole Christian body.” —Wm. Barclay

This from his commentary on 1 Jn 5.

And he also says this, which we need to hear, since our church bulletins are full of physical needs, but almost nothing of spiritual:

(i) We naturally pray for those who are ill, and we should just as naturally pray for those who are straying away from God. It should be just as natural to pray for the cure of the soul as it is to pray for the cure of the body. It may be that there is nothing greater that we can do for the man who is straying away and who is in peril of making shipwreck of his life than to commit him to the grace of God.