Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hallesby: an attitude

Thursday, July 18, 2013
I cried out to God for help;
    I cried out to God to hear me.
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
    at night I stretched out untiring hands
    and my soul refused to be comforted.
I remembered you, O God, and I groaned;
    I mused, and my spirit grew faint.
    —Psalm 77:1-3 (NIV)
    Prayer is something deeper than words. It is present in the soul before it has been formulated into words. And it abides in the soul after the last words of prayer have passed over our lips.
    Prayer is an attitude of our hearts, an attitude of mind. Prayer is a definite attitude of our hearts toward God, an attitude which He in heaven immediately recognizes as prayer, as an appeal to His heart. Whether it takes the form of words or not, does not mean anything to God, only to ourselves.
    ... O. Hallesby (1879-1961), Prayer, London: Inter-Varsity Fellowship, 1943, reprint, Augsburg Fortress Books, 1975, 1994, p. 16 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 77:1-3; 5:1; 10:17-18; 42:1-2; 69:3; 88:1-2; Isa. 26:16; Matt. 6:8; Luke 22:44; Rom. 8:15,26-27; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 6:18; Phil. 4:6; Col. 4:2; Heb. 5:7; Jude 1:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, implant within me an attitude of prayer.
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