Wednesday, July 05, 2023

Donne: concentration in prayer

Wednesday, July 5, 2023
    When [Jesus] rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”
    —Luke 22:45-46 (NIV)
    I throw myself down in my chamber, and I call in and invite God, and His Angels thither, and when they are there, I neglect God and His Angels for the noise of a fly, for the rattling of a coach, for the whining of a door.
    ... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. III, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Sermon LXXX, p. 477-478 (see the book)
    See also Luke 22:45-46; Matt. 14:23; 24:42; 26:36-41; Mark 1:35; 14:37-38; Luke 21:36; Rev. 3:2-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, return my wandering mind to conversation with You.
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