Monday, September 21, 2015

The Word, Prayer and the Spirit

"Luther expects that we will hear God speak through his Word. Luther will not make the same mistake as George Whitefield, assuming that his inner impressions are revelations from God. God’s communication to us is in the Scripture.

"That does not mean, however, that meditation is merely an exercise of the mind. He expects that the Spirit, as we reflect on the biblical truth before God, will sometimes fill our heart with rich thoughts and ideas that feel poignant and new to us, even when we are thinking about a text or truth that we have heard hundreds of times before.

"Luther is talking about the eyes of our hearts being enlightened (Eph 1: 18) so that things we know with the mind become more fully rooted in our beings’ core."

-- Tim Keller, Timothy "Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God" (pp. 95-96). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

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