Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Dawson: the practicality of prayer

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.
    —Isaiah 33:22 (NIV)
    Belief in law is essential to the philosophical conception of prayer. If the universe were a mere chaos of chances, or if it were a result of absolute necessity, there would be no place for intelligent prayer; but if it is under the control of a Lawgiver, wise and merciful, not a mere manager of material machinery, but a true Father of all, then we can come to such a Being with our requests, not in the belief that we change His great plans, nor that any advantage could result from this if it were possible, but that these plans may be made in His boundless wisdom and love to meet our necessities.
    ... J. W. Dawson (1820-1899), The Origin of the World, Harper, 1877, p. 172-173 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 33:22; Ps. 78:4; 147:19-20; Matt. 6:9-10; Rom. 9:4; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Jas. 4:12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, correct my prayer from arrogance to submission.
CQOD    Blog    email    RSS
    search    script    mobile
sub    fb    twt    Jonah    Ruth


Post a Comment

<< Home