Thursday, October 11, 2018

Hallesby: resting in His presence

Thursday, October 11, 2018
    Commemoration of Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675
    In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
    —Romans 8:26-27 (NIV)
    It is not necessary to maintain a conversation when we are in the presence of God. We can come into His presence and rest our weary souls in quiet contemplation of Him. Our groanings, which cannot be uttered, rise to Him and tell Him better than words how dependent we are upon Him.
    ... O. Hallesby (1879-1961), Prayer, London: Inter-Varsity Fellowship, 1943, reprint, Augsburg Fortress Books, 1975, 1994, p. 148 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 8:26-27; Ps. 1:1-2; 10:17; 37:7; 46:10; 62:1,5; 88:1-3; 104:34; 119:11,15,81,97-99; 2 Cor. 5:2-4; Ga;. 4:6; Eph. 2:18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me silence.
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