Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Ryle: leading to a fall

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
O LORD, be gracious to us;
    we long for you.
Be our strength every morning,
    our salvation in time of distress.
    —Isaiah 33:2 (NIV)
    Bibles read without prayer; sermons heard without prayer; marriages contracted without prayer; journeys undertaken without prayer; residences chosen without prayer; friendships formed without prayer; the daily act of prayer itself hurried over, or gone through without heart: these are the kind of downward steps by which many a Christian descends to a condition of spiritual palsy, or reaches the point where God allows them to have a tremendous fall.
    ... J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), A Call to Prayer, published in the 1850’s as a pamphlet, American Tract Society, 1867, sec. VI (see the book)
    See also Ps. 88:1-2; 5:3; 63:4; 141:1-2; Pr. 15:8; Isa. 33:2; Rom. 12:12; 1 Thess. 5:17; 1 Tim. 2:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your strength upholds me through prayer.
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