Sunday, May 22, 2016

Brent: thoughtful praying

Sunday, May 22, 2016
    Trinity Sunday
Seek good, and not evil,
    that you may live;
and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you,
    as you have said.
Hate evil, and love good,
    and establish justice in the gate;
it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,
    will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
    —Amos 5:14-15 (ESV)
    Pray with your intelligence. Bring things to God that you have thought out and think them out again with Him. That is the secret of good judgment. Repeatedly place your pet opinions and prejudices before God. He will surprise you by showing you that the best of them need refining and some the purification of destruction.
    ... Charles H. Brent (1862-1929), With God in Prayer, London: Jacobs & Co., 1907, p. 16 (see the book)
    See also Amos 5:14-15; Eph. 6:17; Phil. 4:6-8; Col. 4:2; 1 Thess. 5:17; Jude 1:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me a spirit of discernment for the good and evil in my life.
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