Saturday, October 01, 2005

CQOD: 10/09/05 -- Backhouse & Jansen: constant prayer

Christian Quotation of the Day

October 9, 2005
Commemoration of Denys, Bishop of Paris, & his Companions, Martyrs, 258Commemoration of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, Philosopher, Scientist, 1253
    I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.
    -- 2 Timothy 1:3

    It is of the greatest importance for the soul to go to prayer with confidence, and such a pure and disinterested love as seeks nothing from the Father but the ability to please Him and to do His will; for a child who only proportions his diligence to his hope of reward renders himself unworthy of all reward. Go, then, to prayer, not that ye may enjoy spiritual delights, but that ye may be full or empty, just as it pleaseth God. This will preserve you in an evenness of spirit, either in desertion or in consolation, and will prevent your being surprised at dryness, or the apparent repulses of Him who is altogether Love. Constant prayer is to keep the heart always right towards God.
    ... William Backhouse (1779/80-1844) and James Jansen (1784-1821), A Guide to True Peace [1813]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me a heart that seeks You first.

See Believer's Desktop Companion 2004

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