Monday, September 02, 2019

Lewis: working up faith?

Monday, September 2, 2019
    Commemoration of Martyrs of Papua New Guinea, 1942
Meditation:
    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
    —Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
Quotation:
    We must not encourage in ourselves or others any tendency to work up a subjective state which, if we succeeded, we should describe as “faith,” with the idea that this will somehow ensure the granting of our prayer. We have probably all done this as children. But the state of mind which desperate desire working on a strong imagination can manufacture is not faith in the Christian sense. It is a feat of psychological gymnastics.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, New York: Harcourt Brace and World, 1964, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002, p. 60 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 2:8-9; Matt. 6:7-8; 8:8-10; 18:3-4; 19:13-14; Mark 10:13-14; Acts 3:16; Rom. 8:26; 10:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are the only source for true faith.
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