Sunday, January 28, 2018

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The beauty of short prayers

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Here's a wonderful piece by David Mathis to encourage you this Sunday.

We are free to abandon our empty, evangelical stock-phrases, and free from needing many words, extending our requests to a certain length to impress, because in Christ, we already are known, loved, cherished, and secure. We are not unknown citizens approaching a distant dignitary, but children drawing near to “our Father.”

The collection of Puritan prayers by Arthur Bennett has been a blessing to me, too, and I turn to it when I don't feel like praying. An exerpt of "Worship":

Let me live wholly to my Saviour,
free from distractions,
from carking care,
from hindrances to the pursuit
of the narrow way.

I am pardoned through the blood of Jesus —
give me a new sense of it,
continue to pardon me by it,
may I come every day to the fountain,
and every day be washed anew,
that I may worship thee always
in spirit and truth.

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