Friday, August 7, 2015

A Voice from the Past - Calvin

Still not less true is the injunction of Paul to pray "always" (Eph. vi. 18); because, however prosperously, according to our view, things proceed, and however we may be surrounded on all sides with grounds of joy, there is not an instant of time during which our want does not exhort us to prayer. A man abounds in wheat and wine; but as he cannot enjoy a morsel of bread, unless by the continual bounty of God, his granaries or cellars will not prevent him from asking for daily bread. Then, if we consider how many dangers impend every moment, fear itself will teach us that no time ought to be without prayer.

John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book III, Chapter XX, 7 (translated by Henry Beveridge, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1975, Vol. 2, p.151)

What does it mean to pray always? How do we go about doing it?

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