Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Foster: pray by grace

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
    Feast of Barnabas the Apostle
    But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
    —Ephesians 4:7 (NIV)
    The truth of the matter is, we all come to prayer with a tangled mass of motives—altruistic and selfish, merciful and hateful, loving and bitter. Frankly, this side of eternity we will never unravel the good from the bad, the pure from the impure. But what I have come to see is that God is big enough to receive us with all our mixture. We do not have to be bright, or pure, or filled with faith, or anything. That is what grace means, and not only are we saved by grace, we live by it as well. And we pray by it.
    ... Richard J. Foster, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, HarperCollins, 1992, p. 8 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 4:7; John 6:44-45; 1 Cor. 3:1-3; 10:13; 15:10; Eph. 2:8-9; 3:16-17; Phil. 2:12-13; 1 Tim. 1:14; 1 Pet. 2:2-3; 5:10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me Your steady hand in my prayer, so that I will not fall.
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