Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Bounds: devotion and prayer

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
    —Luke 2:36-38 (NIV)
    Prayer is the creator as well as the channel of devotion. The spirit of devotion is the spirit of prayer. Prayer and devotion are united as soul and body are united, as life and the heart are united. There is no real prayer without devotion, no devotion without prayer.
    ... E. M. Bounds (1835-1913), Preacher and Prayer, Publishing House of the M. E. Church, South, Dallas, Tex., 1907, p. 61 (see the book)
    See also Luke 2:36-38; Neh. 1:11; Jer. 33:3; Dan. 6:10; 9:3; 1 Tim. 5:5; Jas. 5:16-18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, drive empty devotion away and fill my heart with desire for prayer.
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