Friday, May 15, 2015

Ellul: surrender in prayer

Friday, May 15, 2015
    Commemoration of Charles Williams, Spiritual Writer, 1945
I desire to do your will, O my God;
    your law is within my heart.
    —Psalm 40:8 (NIV)
    Prayer in the Scriptures is a renunciation of human means. It is not merely the point beyond which I could not go, the limit of my power which dissolves into impotence, but it is indeed a stripping bare, the abandonment of all human apparatus in order to place myself, without arms or equipment, into the hands of the Lord, who decides and fulfills.
    ... Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), Prayer and Modern Man, New York: The Seabury Press, 1973, p. 30 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 40:8; Matt. 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; 22:42; John 4:34; 5:19,30; 1 Thess. 3:2-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, all my concerns are in Your hands.
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