Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Hallesby: the time is gone

Tuesday, July 5, 2022
    Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
    —Galatians 6:7-8 (NIV)
    Instinctively and automatically [the carnal mind] will mobilize all the reasons it can conceive of for not praying now: You are too busy; your mind is too preoccupied; your heart is not inclined toward prayer; later on you will have more time, your mind will be more calm and collected, and you will be able to pray in a more devotional frame of mind... Before you know it, the entire day is gone, and you have not had a single quiet hour with God.
    ... O. Hallesby (1879-1961), Prayer, London: Inter-Varsity Fellowship, 1943, reprint, Augsburg Fortress Books, 1975, 1994, p. 88-89 (see the book)
    See also Gal. 6:7-8; Ps. 53:1; John 7:7; Rom. 7:5; 8:6-7; 13:14; Eph. 4:17-19; Jas. 1:13-15; 1 John 2:15-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, ever prompt my heart to prayer and communion with You.
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