I recently spoke (and posted) on the topic of ceaseless prayer. Today, I am continuing on the theme by looking at what some great Christian thinkers have said on the seamless, continual place of prayer in our lives.
“Prayer is not a hard requirement – it is the natural duty of a creature to its creator, the simplest homage that human need can pay to divine liberality.” Charles Spurgeon
The act prayer and praise directed to our creator should be natural, and is the outpouring of thankfulness. This “natural” outpouring is cited in our next two quotes.
2. “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” Martin Luther
3. “Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life.” Jonathan Edwards
But, if our prayer is natural, we need to be as well. We need to remember that the Father sees us as we are, and any attempts on our part to be artificial disrupt the pure communication.
4. “We must lay before him what is in us; not what ought to be in us.” C.S. Lewis
Not only this, but prayer should be organic. While it may be scripture referenced, or mentally constructed (after all it is communication), it can also be from your heart and spirit.
5. “Prayer continues in the desire of the heart, though the understanding be employed on outward things.” John Wesley
Ultimately prayer is more than about our desires, it is about our love of Him who provides. This “love song” of the heart, need not even require words.
6.”Prayer is an act of love; words are not needed.” Teresa of Avila
And as an act of love, we should focus less on what we need, but on the relationship (first), and thanksgiving for what we have already been blessed with.
7. “… so our customary practice of prayer was brought to mind: how through our ignorance and inexperience in the ways of love we spend so much time on petition.” Julian of Norwich
Yes, it is about love. Not just ours for Him, but His to us.
8. “Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love, and the future to God’s providence.” Augustine of Hippo
Prayers are words of love. What could be more natural?