Friday, March 17, 2017

Owen: talk less and pray more

Friday, March 17, 2017
    Feast of Patrick, Bishop of Armagh, Missionary, Patron of Ireland, c.460
Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry!
    Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
    —Psalm 17:1 (ESV)
    If we would talk less and pray more about them, things would be better than they are in the world; at least, we should be better enabled to bear them.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), A Discourse Concerning Holy Spirit, bk. VI-IX [1674], in Works of John Owen, v. IV, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 319 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 17:1; 28:1,2; 70:5; Dan. 9:3; Luke 18:1-7; Acts 4:29-31; Jas. 5:13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, my heart listens for Your voice.
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