Thursday, January 27, 2011

What Good is Prayer?

From The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way. Hope Publishing House.1993.  p.122.

The question:  What good does it do God if we pray?

The answer:  Of course, God does not need our sinful prayers, but, still in God's love for us God likes us to pray.  And it is not only that holy prayer which the Holy Spirit helps us to offer and arouses in us that is pleasing to God, for God asks that of us when Christ says Abide in me, and I in you.  Every intention, every impulse, even every thought which is directed to God's glory and our own salvation is of value in God's sight.  For all the boundless loving kindness of God gives bountiful rewards.  The love of God gives grace a thousandfold more than human actions deserve.  If you give God the merest mite, God will pay you back with gold.  If you but purpose to go to the Father, he will come out to meet you.  You say but a word, short and unfeeling - 'Receive me, have mercy on me' - and God falls on your neck and kisses you.  That is what the love of the heavenly Father is like towards us, unworthy as we are.

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