Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Barth: the need to pray

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
    Ash Wednesday
Like as the hart desireth the water-brooks :
    so longeth my soul after thee, O God.
My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God :
    when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
    —Psalm 42:1-2 (Book of Common Prayer, 1662)
    It is not possible to say, “I shall pray” or “I shall not pray,” as if it were an act according to our own good pleasure. To be a Christian and to pray are one and the same thing; it is a matter that cannot be left to our caprice. It is a need, a kind of breathing necessary to life.
    ... Karl Barth (1886-1968), Prayer, Westminster John Knox Press, 2002, p. 15 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me this day the humility to pray.
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