Monday, February 06, 2012

How Believers Ought to Pray

Believers do not pray with the view to informing God about things unknown to him, or of exciting him to do his duty, or of urging him as though he were reluctant.  On the contrary, they pray in order that they may arouse themselves to seek him, that they may exercise their faith in meditating on his promises, that they may relieve themselves from their anxieties by pouring them into his bosom; in a word that they may declare that from him alone they hope and expect, both for themselves and for others, all good things.

-John Calvin, as quoted in Stott, Through the Bible - Through the Year, Daily Reflections from Genesis to Revelation (Baker Books 2006), p. 201.

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