Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hallesby: helplessness

Sunday, September 27, 2015
    Feast of Vincent de Paul, Founder of the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists), 1660
For [God] will deliver the needy who cry out,
    the afflicted who have no one to help.
    —Psalm 72:12 (NIV)
    Your helplessness is your best prayer. It calls from your heart to the heart of God with greater effect than all your uttered pleas. He hears it from the very moment that you are seized with helplessness, and He becomes actively engaged at once in hearing and answering the prayer of your helplessness.
    ... O. Hallesby (1879-1961), Prayer, London: Inter-Varsity Fellowship, 1943, reprint, Augsburg Fortress Books, 1975, 1994, p. 17 (see the book)
    See also Deut. 32:36; Ps. 72:12; 142:4-6; Matt. 9:2-8,36; Mark 2:2-12; Luke 5:18-26; John 5:2-9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are faithful.
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