Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Brooks: laboring in prayer

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    Commemoration of Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, 690
    ... and the ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
    —Isaiah 35:10 (NIV)
    Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks! Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle. But you shall be a miracle. Every day you shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of life which has come in you by the grace of God.
    ... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Twenty Sermons, New York: E.P. Dutton, 1887, p. 330 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 35:10; Isa. 40:31; Acts 20:24; Rom. 8:15; 2 Tim. 1:7-9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, each day with You is richer than the one before.
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