Saturday, January 23, 2016

Brooks: life without prayer foolish

Saturday, January 23, 2016
    Commemoration of Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts, spiritual writer, 1893
    And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
    “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”‘
    “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
    “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”
    —Luke 12:16-21 (NIV)
    If man is man and God is God, to live without prayer is not merely an awful thing: it is an infinitely foolish thing.
    ... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Addresses, Philadelphia: Henry Altemus, 1895, p. 138 (see the book)
    See also Luke 12:16-21; Ps. 14:1; Prov. 14:16; 1 Thess. 5:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, keep my heart in prayer.
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