Hypocrisy or insincerity
is the first thing to guard against in prayer.
Beware not to say what you do not mean.
… Pour out your heart before Him.

     – John Wesley

 

  • It might mean sometimes writing out one’s prayer.
    That helps us to be aware
    a) whether we are being honest, and
    b) whether we are bringing up what we really want and need to.
  • The power of prayer is
    not in our emotion, nor in our eloquence, nor in traditional churchly language.
  • The power of prayer lies in honest, vulnerable connection
    between a real human and the real God.
  • For some of us it might mean deliberately reducing the emotion in our praying
    and increasing the careful work of thoughtfulness during (or leading up to) prayer.
  • “The end of all things is near.
    Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.” (1 Peter 4:7)
  • I think Wesley was right.

 

       Hypocrisy or insincerity
is the first thing to guard against in prayer.
Beware not to say what you do not mean.
… Pour out your heart before Him.

       – John Wesley

 


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