Friday, August 3, 2012

A Voice from the Past - Calvin

But after we have learned by faith to know that whatever is necessary for us or defective in us is supplied in God and in our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom it hath pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell, that we may thence draw as from an inexhaustible fountain, it remains for us to seek and in prayer implore of him what we have learned to be in him. To know God as the sovereign disposer of of all good, inviting us to present our requests, and yet not to approach or ask of him, were so far from availing us, that it were just as if one told of a treasure were to allow it to remain buried in the ground.

John Calvin, 1509-1564, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book III, Chapter XX, Section 1 (translated by Henry Beveridge, Wm. B. Eerdman's Publishing, 1975, p. 146)

What are the hindrances to a right attitude toward prayer? How do we overcome them?

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