Thursday, January 23, 2020

Brooks: pray for powers

Thursday, January 23, 2020
    Commemoration of Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts, spiritual writer, 1893
    [Jesus:] “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”
    —John 4:48 (NIV)
    Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you yourself shall be the miracle.
    ... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Twenty Sermons, New York: E.P. Dutton, 1887, p. 330 (see the book)
    See also John 4:48-53; Luke 18:30; John 20:29; Rom. 15:18-19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have already created the miracle of salvation in me.
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