Friday, March 19, 2021

Foster: the new control center

Friday, March 19, 2021
    Feast of Joseph of Nazareth
    But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
    —1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
    Prayer frees us to be controlled by God. To pray is to change. There is no greater liberating force in the Christian life than prayer. To enter the gaze of the Holy is never to be the same. To bathe in the Light in quiet wonder and glad surrender is to be slowly, permanently transformed. There is a richer inward orientation, a deep hunger for communion. We feel as if we are being taken over by a new control Center, and so we are.
    ... Richard J. Foster (b. 1942), Freedom of Simplicity, HarperCollins, 1989, p. 58 (see the book)
    See also 1 Pet. 2:9; Rom. 8:14,26; Eph. 6:18; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; 1 John 5:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, center my life on prayer.
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