Saturday, October 31, 2020

Bowne: essential prayer

Saturday, October 31, 2020
    Reformation Day
    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.
    —Romans 8:26 (NIV)
    This religious desire and effort of the soul to relate itself and all its interest to God and his will is prayer in the deepest sense. This is essential prayer. Uttered or unexpressed, it is equally prayer. It is the soul’s desire after God going forth in manifestation, ... —the soul striving after God. This is a prayer that may exist without ceasing, consisting, as it does, not in doing or saying this or that, but in temper and attitude of the spirit.
    ... Borden Parker Bowne (1847-1910), The Essence of Religion, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1910, p. 132 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 8:26; Matt. 6:10; Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Thess. 5:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I am quiet in your presence.
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