Thursday, March 08, 2012

Studdert Kennedy: in Christ's name

Thursday, March 8, 2012
    Commemoration of Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, Priest, Poet, 1929
    [Jesus:] “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.”
    —John 14:13 (NIV)
    Prayer in Christ’s name means prayer in Christ’s spirit. The greatest of all prayers does not contain the Name, but is drenched with the spirit. What is Christ’s spirit? In a word, “heroism.” God and my duty first—a long way first. God’s will above and beyond all other things. My pals and other people second. Myself and my own desires last, and a long way last, almost nowhere. That is Christ... There is no such thing as selfish prayer. There is no such thing as prayer which does not put God first. That is the essence of it. That is the spirit. The name without the spirit is as futile as the mumbo-jumbo of a conjuror.
    ... G. A. Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929), The Hardest Part, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1919, p. 102-103 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your Spirit gives me the prayers I pray.
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