As I study prayer and filter through books I’ll continue to share tidbits of wisdom I discover… I hope and pray they will bless, encourage, and CHALLENGE you as they have me.
“Jesus stands between the lover and the others he loves… Because Christ stands between me and others, I dare not desire direct fellowship with them. As only Christ can speak to me in such a way that I may be saved, so others, too, can be saved only by Christ himself. This means that I must release the other person from every attempt of mine to regulate, coerce, and dominate him with my love… Thus this spiritual love will speak to Christ about a brother more than to a brother about Christ. It knows the most direct way to others is always through prayer to Christ and that love of others is wholly dependent upon the truth in Christ.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Life Together)
“We do not know enough, and our desires are not perfect enough for us safely to be given everything we want and ask for.” (Dallas Willard in Divine Conspiracy)
“I believe the most adequate description of prayer is simply, ‘Talking to God about what we are doing together.’ That immediately focuses the activity where we are but at the same time drives the egotism out of it. Requests are naturally made in the course of this conversational walk. Prayer is a matter of explicitly sharing with God my concerns about what he too is concerned about in my life. And of course he is concerned about my concerns, in particular, that my concerns should coincide with his. This is our walk together. Out of it I pray.” (Dallas Willard in Divine Conspiracy)
“Prayer as kingdom praying is an arrangement explicitly instituted by God in order that we as individuals may count, and count for much, as we learn step by step how to govern, to reign with him in his kingdom. To enter and to learn this reign is what gives the individual life its intended significance. This high calling also explains why prayer frequently requires much effort, continuous effort, and on some matters possibly years and years of effort. Prayer is, above all, a means of forming character. It combines freedom and power with service and love. What God gets out of our lives – and, indeed, what we get out of our lives – is simply the person we become. It is God’s intention that we should grow into the kind of person he could empower to do what we want to do. Then we are ready to ‘reign for ever and ever.’ (Rev. 22:5).” (Dallas Willard in Divine Conspiracy)“Dear Father always near us, may your name be treasured and loved, may your rule be completed in us – may your will be done here on earth in just the way it is done in heaven. Give us today the things we need today, and forgive us our sins and impositions on you as we are forgiving all who in any way offend us. Please don’t put us through trials, but deliver us from everything bad. Because you have all the power, and the glory too is all yours – forever 0 which is just the way we want it!”
(Dallas Willard’s adaptation of the Lord’s Prayer in Divine Conspiracy)