Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Hastings: none beside Thee

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
    —Psalm 73:25 (NIV)
    Prayer is the expression of a good desire. The human heart is full of restless desires, and the prayers of men consist for the most part of the unsifted petitions which are urged by their varying passions... To desire what is right, and to desire it consistently, and passionately, is the first condition of true living. The desires can be corrected only by truth, the mind must apprehend God, and then it will say, “There is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee.”
    ... James Hastings (1852-1922), The Christian Doctrine of Prayer, Edinbugh: T. & T. Clark, 1915, p. 25 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 73:25; 42:1-2; 143:6; Isa. 26:8-9; Acts 20:24; Rom. 8:18,26; Phil. 3:8-9; 2 Pet. 1:3; 1 John 5:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, prompt my heart to desire nothing but You,
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