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Poverty in prayer

The act of prayer teaches us our unworthiness, which is a very salutary lesson for such proud beings as we are. If God gave us favours without constraining us to pray for them we should never know how poor we are, but a true prayer is an inventory of wants, a catalogue of necessities, a revelation of hidden poverty. While it is an application to divine wealth, it is a confession of human emptiness.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (11 October, Morning: "The Necessity of Prayer")


I'm poor with prayer, rather than being one who prays because he knows he's poor. By and large, I just don't. Thankfully I'm in an environment where I pray with others a few times a week, but alone, I'm distracted within seconds on those rare occassions when I choose to pray at all. I wish I were overstating things. God's not letting go of me on the prayer thing, but He's not miraculously making me better with it, either.

That's not true. Everything He's doing to bring me to Him is miraculous; the fact that I'd ever pray at all is His work. Rather, He's not instantaneously making me better in prayer, and that only serves to highlight my weakness more. Which I hate. But it's part of the point.

On another note, I'm so ready for the elections to be over. Unless platforms change, no one has anything new to tell me that would change my vote, which places me in a position to not care overmuch about John Kerry or George Bush. Lots of people do, though, and I expect they'll be talking more and more until November. Freedom of expression is good (even when it's overused), so maybe I just need to invest in headphones.

Since it's Columbus Day, go out and claim someone else's yard for Spain and rename anyone you find there.

The most healthy state of a Christian is to be always empty in self and constantly depending upon the Lord for supplies; to be always poor in self and rich in Jesus; weak as water personally, but mighty through God to do great exploits; and hence the use of prayer, because, while it adores God, it lays the creature where it should be, in the very dust. Prayer is in itself, apart from the answer which it brings, a great benefit to the Christian.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (11 October, Morning: "The Necessity of Prayer")

Comments

Since it's Columbus Day, go out and claim someone else's yard for Spain and rename anyone you find there.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
Since it's Columbus Day, go out and claim someone else's yard for Spain and rename anyone you find there.

hahahahahahaha!
Man. I live in an Italian town(historically), and they use Columbus Day as if it's Italian-American Heritage Day. There's even a parade today. I really wish they could pick someone better to celebrate our heritage with. ha.
Is it ironic to say I'm praying for your praying? ;o]
You realize that your Columbus Day comment is going to have more comments than anything you wrote here about prayer? :-D
ha, i took notice of that for myself when i was commenting on only columbus.
Freedom of expression is good (even when it's overused), so maybe I just need to invest in headphones.

Since it's Columbus Day, go out and claim someone else's yard for Spain and rename anyone you find there.


both of these statements made me double over with laughter.

and i am in the same boat as far as prayer goes. let me know if you come up with some instantaneous solution :)
Hi! I've been meaning to add you for a while. I'm Jessica, Peggy and I are friends. I've herd lots of good things about you.
Hi! I've heard lots of good things about you! And you're from Iowa? That's where I'm originally from as well...
FUN!!! Where in Iowa?
I grew up near Ottumwa. Later in life (after moving around a bit) I worked at Central College for a few years.
I was in Jamaica with a girl from Ottumwa!

My brother works there sometimes.

So are you a pastor of some sort? I think Peggy told me something like that.
I'm church staff, but not a pastor. My position is Administrator, which basically means I'm responsible for church operations that aren't preaching and teaching or music and worship. You have to come visit when you're in Seattle!
REALLY!!! You're that close?!
I live right in the city (and our church is in city, too). Peggy and Sarah have visited—now you have to, too!
That would be so cool! We could totaly come on the 14th of November. I'll have to ask Peggy. I have only ever met one other LJ'er before. How fun is that!!!
No pressure, but if it works, that would be a blast!
YAY!!!

I have had WAY too much candy today so every things sounds really exciting...however, in about an hour all ideas will have to be considered after a nap ;)