Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Bounds: fire in prayer

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
    Ash Wednesday
May my prayer be set before you like incense;
    may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
    —Psalm 141:2 (NIV)
    No erudition, no purity of diction, no width of mental outlook, no flowers of eloquence, no grace of person can atone for lack of fire. Prayer ascends by fire. Flame gives prayer access as well as wings, acceptance as well as energy. There is no incense without fire; no prayer without flame.
    ... E. M. Bounds (1835-1913), The Necessity of Prayer [1907], Lulu, 2007, p. 19-20 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 141:2; Matt. 3:11; Acts 2:3; 1 Thess. 5:19; Rev. 5:8; 8:3-4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, ignite my heart with Your fire.
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