Archive for the ‘Prayer’ Category

True Consecration to God
September 22, 2008

A common human tendency is to ask, “What’s in it for me?” Unfortunately, this attitude can infect our religious devotion and cause us focus on what God can do for me instead of the essential question, “What can I do for God?”

Ignatius of Loyola (Spanish church reformer and mystic, founder of the Society of Jesus) wrote the following prayer, which can effectively serve as an antidote to self-proccupied religion:

Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve: to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not ask for any reward save that of knowing that we do your will. Amen

What kind of prayers are you praying?

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God’s Presence
September 7, 2008

Pietism, a renewal movement among Protestants in the 17th and 18th centuries, had many aspects. One was a deepening of personal devotion to God, as expressed, for example, in the following hymn written by Gerhard Tersteegen, who lived from 1697-1769. This English translation is by John Wesley.

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Danger
April 29, 2008

On one accasion when Mother Teresa was entering Israel, the authorities asked the usual question, “Do you have any weapons to declare?” She replied, “Only my prayer books.”
What a great way to regard prayer! Not talking to ourselves, not just a quiet devotional exercise to enrich my personal relatioship with God, but war. We are engaging with God in a life-and-death battle with enemy spirit powers.
Pray fervently and boldly. It is a weapon that is effective in knocking down enemy strongholds.

God’s work in us
March 5, 2008

Here is a prayer to consider…
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Prayer of Abandonment
February 6, 2008

Surrender to God and his will is at the heart of biblical faith. I find surrender to be paradoxical. It is natural because we were made for God and for conformity to his will; it is unnatural and difficult because of our own pride, the constant attacks from our spiritual enemy, and the myriad distractions of our surrounding culture. (more…)