Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Brent: the meaning of prayer

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
    Feast of Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, Teacher, 1910
    Commemoration of Martyrs of Uganda, 1886 & 1978
    [Jesus:] “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
    An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.
    —Luke 22:42-43 (NIV)
    Prayer is not so much the means whereby God’s will is bent to man’s desires, as it is that whereby man’s will is bent to God’s desires... The real end of prayer is not so much to get this or that single desire granted, as to put human life into full and joyful conformity with the will of God.
    ... Charles H. Brent (1862-1929), With God in the World [1899], London: Longmans Green, 1914, p. 29-30 (see the book)
    See also Luke 22:42-43; Job 1:20-21; Rom. 12:1-2; Matt. 26:39,42; Mark 14:36; Acts 14:23
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, speak peace to me in prayer.
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