Sunday, September 08, 2019

Kierkegaard: praying in Jesus' name

Sunday, September 8, 2019
    Commemoration of Søren Kierkegaard, Teacher and Philosopher, 1855
    And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
    —Colossians 3:17 (NIV)
    I cannot pray in the name of Jesus to have my own will; the name of Jesus is not a signature of no importance, but the decisive factor. The fact that the name of Jesus Christ comes at the beginning does not make it a prayer in the name of Jesus; but it means to pray in such a manner that I dare name Jesus in it, that is to say, [dare to] think of Him, think of His holy will together with whatever I am praying for.
    ... Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Journals, ed. Alexander Dru, Oxford University Press, 1959, p. 336-337 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 1:2; John 14:13-14; 15:16; 16:23-24; Eph. 5:19-20; Phil. 2:9,10; Col. 3:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead me to know Your mind better.
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