Sunday, December 01, 2019

Ryle: faith

Sunday, December 1, 2019
    Advent I
    Commemoration of Charles de Foucauld, Hermit, Servant of the Poor, 1916
    [Job:] “Yet [the wicked] say to God, ‘Leave us alone! We have no desire to know your ways. Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What would we gain by praying to him?’”
    —Job 21:14-15 (NIV)
    Faith is to the soul what life is to the body. Prayer is to faith what breath is to the body. How a person can live and not breathe is past my comprehension, and how a person can believe and not pray is past my comprehension too.
    ... J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), A Call to Prayer, published in the 1850’s as a pamphlet, American Tract Society, 1867, sec. II, p. 11 (see the book)
    See also Job 21:14-15; Isa. 64:7; Hab. 2:4; Zeph. 1:6; Rom. 1:17; 1 Thes. 5:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, pray Yourself within me.
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