Thursday, January 17, 2013

Gore: the test for prayer

Thursday, January 17, 2013
    Feast of Antony of Egypt, Abbot, 356
    Commemoration of Charles Gore, Bishop, Teacher, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, 1932
    “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’“
    —Matthew 6:913 (NIV)
    Whatever particular object we may want to pray for, we have never prayed for it aright till we have prayed for it in the words and spirit of the Lord’s Prayer. That, I repeat, is not one prayer among many. It covers all legitimate Christian praying, and indeed the saying of it affords the best test whether our wants of the moment can become a prayer offered ‘in the name of Christ.’
    ... Charles Gore (1853-1932), The Sermon on the Mount [1910], London: John Murray, 1905, p. 132 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 6:9-13; 21:22; Mark 11:24; John 14:13-14; 15:16; 16:23-26; 1 John 3:21-22; 5:14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I receive Your instruction in prayer.
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