Right before the turn of the year, I completed reading D.A. Carson’s book. A Call to Spiritual Reformation. In the book, he recounts and explains the prayers of Paul throughout the New Testament. The book was convicting as I was challenged by passages that I have read multiple times but was never impacted by the way Paul prayed for people. Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing a few quotes from the book that I found were particularly challenging.
“When it comes to knowing God, we are a culture of the spiritually stunted. So much of our religion is packaged to address our felt needs-and these are almost uniformly anchored in our pursuit of our own happiness and fulfillment. God simply becomes the Great Being who, potentially at least, meets our needs and fulfills our aspirations. We think rather little of what he is like, what he expects of us, what he seeks in us. We are not captured by his holiness and his love; his thoughts and words capture too little of our imagination, too little of our discourse, too few of our priorities” (location 92, Kindle edition).
“But you can do many things to stamp out daydreaming, to stifle reveries. One of the most useful things is to vocalize your prayers. This does not mean they have to be so loud that they become a distraction to others, or worse, a kind of pious showing off. It simply means you articulate your prayers, moving your lips perhaps; the energy devoted to expressing your thoughts in words and sentences will order and discipline your mind, and help deter meandering” (location 151, Kindle edition).