Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Singh: opening hearts to God in prayer

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    Commemoration of Sundar Singh of India, Sadhu, Evangelist, Teacher, 1929
    But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
    —Psalm 73:28 (KJV)
    The essence of prayer does not consist in asking God for something but in opening our hearts to God, in speaking with Him, and living with Him in perpetual communion. Prayer is continual abandonment to God. Prayer does not mean asking God for all kinds of things we want; it is rather the desire for God Himself, the only Giver of Life. Prayer is not asking, but union with God. Prayer is not a painful effort to gain from God help in the varying needs of our lives. Prayer is the desire to possess God Himself, the Source of all life. The true spirit of prayer does not consist in asking for blessings, but in receiving Him who is the giver of all blessings, and in living a life of fellowship with Him.
    ... Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929), The Gospel of Sadhu Sundar Singh, Friedrich Heiler & Olive Wyon, G. Allen & Unwin, Ltd., 1927, p. 99-100 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 73:28; 65:4; Lam. 3:25-26; Heb. 10:19-22; Jas. 4:8; 1 Pet. 3:18; Rev. 3:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, draw me nearer to you.
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