Friday, July 20, 2007

CQOD: 07/20/07 -- Gossip: prayer that is answered

Christian Quotation of the Day

July 20, 2007
Commemoration of Bartolomè de las Casas, Apostle to the Indies, 1566
    I will exalt you, O LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. O LORD, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit.
    -- Psalms 30:1-3 (NIV)

    Of course, it all depends upon what we are praying for. If we are whimpering, and sniveling, and begging to be spared the discipline of life that is sent to knock some smatterings of manhood into us, the answer to that prayer may never come at all. Thank God! Though, indeed, it is not easy to say that, with honesty. Still, it may never come at all, thank God. But if you have attained as far as Epictetus—pagan though you would call him—whose daily prayer was this: “O God, give me what Thou desirest for me, for I know that what Thou choosest for me is far better than I could choose;” if you are not bleating to get off, but asking to be given grace and strength to see this through with honor, “the very day” you pray that prayer, the answer always comes.
    ... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), Experience Worketh Hope [1944]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, help me always to choose what You desire in prayer.

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