Saturday, August 05, 2017

Lewis: answered prayers

Saturday, August 5, 2017
    Feast of Oswald, King of Northumbria, Martyr, 642
    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
    —Ephesians 6:10-12 (NIV)
    Meanwhile, little people like you and me, if our prayers are sometimes granted, beyond all hope and probability, had better not draw hasty conclusions to our own advantage. If we were stronger, we might be less tenderly treated. If we were braver, we might be sent, with far less help, to defend far more desperate posts in the great battle.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Efficacy of Prayer [1958], Cincinnati: Forward Movement, 2003, back cover (see the book)
    See also Eph. 6:10-18; Matt. 9:37; 10:16; Luke 21:15; Rom. 16:19; 2 Cor. 11:14; Eph. 5:15-17; Col. 4:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me strength in the Spirit and make use of me as You see fit.
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