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"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Saturday, December 11, 2010

December 11, 2010 (prayer complete)

The first snowfall of the season.

“Every true prayer
has its background and its foreground.
The foreground of prayer is the intense,
immediate desire for a certain blessing
which seems to be absolutely
necessary for the soul to have;
the background of prayer is the quiet,
earnest desire that the will of God,
whatever it may be, should be done.
What a picture is the perfect prayer
of Jesus in Gethsemane!
In front burns the strong desire
to escape death and to live;
but behind there stands, calm and strong,
the craving of the whole life
for the doing of the will of God...
Leave out the foreground,
let there be no expression
of the will of him who prays,
and there is left a pure submission
which is almost fatalism.
Leave out the background,
let there be no acceptance of the will of God,
and the prayer is only an expression of self-will,
a petulant claiming of the uncorrected choice
of him who prays.
Only when the two are there together,
the special desire
resting on the universal submission,
the universal submission opening
into the special desire
is the picture perfect
and the prayer complete.”
- Phillips Brooks

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