Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Misuse of Prayer

"...we should remember Augustine's letter to Anicia.  There he says, in short, that you should not begin to pray for all you want until you realize that in God you have all you need.  That is, unless we know that God is the one thing we truly need, our petitions and supplications may become, simply, forms of worry and lust.  We can use prayer as just another way to pursue many things that we want too much.  Not only will  God not hear such prayers (because we ask for things selfishly to spend on our lusts [James 4:2-3]), but the prayers will not reorient our perspective and give us any relief from the melancholy burden of self-absorption."

-- Tim Keller, "Prayer - Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God"  p. 139

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