Monday, April 25, 2022

Barth: freedom in prayer

Monday, April 25, 2022
    Feast of Mark the Evangelist
    When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.
    —Psalm 94:19 (NIV)
    As the Christian prays, he actually anticipates his own liberation from anxiety even when engulfed by it. Praying to God, he can no longer have it, nor be possessed by it.
    ... Karl Barth (1886-1968), Church Dogmatics, v. IV, part 3 [1961], Continuum International Publishing Group, 2004, p. 673 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 94:19; 55:22; Rom. 5:3; 12:12; 13:14; Phil. 2:12; 4:6-7; 1 Thess. 3:2-3; Tit. 3:4-5; Jas. 5:11,13; 1 Pet. 5:6-7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your presence relieves all worry.
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