Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Lewis: let the cup pass

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
    [Jesus:] “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
    —Matthew 21:22 (NIV)
    There are, no doubt, passages in the New Testament which may seem at first sight to promise an invariable granting of our prayers. But that cannot be what they really mean. For in the very heart of the story we meet a glaring instance to the contrary. In Gethsemane the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain cup might pass from Him. It did not. After that the idea that prayer is recommended to us as a sort of infallible gimmick may be dismissed.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), “The Efficacy of Prayer” in The World’s Last Night [1960], Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002, p. 5 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 21:22; 7:7-8; 26:39-44; Mark 11:24; John 14:13-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, subordinate my desires to Your will.
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