Friday, April 24, 2015

MacDonald: to banish sin

Friday, April 24, 2015
    Commemoration of Mellitus, First Bishop of London, 624
    [Jesus:] “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
    —Luke 22:42 (NIV)
    Anything large enough for a wish to light upon, is large enough to hang a prayer upon: the thought of him to whom that prayer goes will purify and correct the desire. To say, ‘Father, I should like this or that,’ would be enough at once, if the wish were bad, to make us know it and turn from it... Was it not thus the Lord carried himself towards his Father when he said, ‘If it be possible, let this cup pass from me’? But there was something he cared for more than his own fear—his Father’s will: ‘Nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done.’
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “The Word of Jesus on Prayer”, in Unspoken Sermons, Second Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1886, p. 75 (see the book)
    See also Luke 22:42; Ps. 10:17; Matt. 10:19-20; 26:39; Rom. 8:15,26-27; Eph. 2:18; 6:18; Jas. 4:3; Jude 1:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You change my heart while in prayer.
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