Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hartley Coleridge: Be not afraid to pray

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
    —Romans 12:12 (NIV)
Be not afraid to pray—to pray is right.
Pray if thou canst with hope; but ever pray,
Though hope be weak, or sick with long delay; ...
Whatev’r is good to wish, ask that of Heaven; ...
But if for any wish thou darest not pray,
Then pray to God to cast that wish away.
    ... Hartley Coleridge (1796-1849), Poems, v. I, London: Moxon, 1851, p. 343 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 12:12; Matt. 7:7-8; Luke 11:9; Rom. 8:26; Jas. 4:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me a heart of prayer.
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