I am preparing a sermon on James 5:13-20 where the main thrust is prayer.  I ran across a quote from Francois Fenelon (1651-1715), a French Roman Catholic theologian, poet and writer.  He wrote regarding prayer:

“Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one’s heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend. Tell him your troubles, that he may comfort you; tell him your joys, that He may sober them; tell Him your longings, that He may purify them; tell Him your dislikes, that He may help you to conquer them; talk to Him of your temptations, that He may shield you from them; show Him the wounds of your heart that He may heal them; lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved tastes for evil, your instability. Tell Him how self-love makes you unjust to others, how vanity tempts you to be insincere, how pride disguises you to yourself and others.”

Paul says that we are to “pray without ceasing,” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, ESV) and Fenelon gives us a picture of what that looks like.

  1. Then tonight I shall bring to him my bewilderment, heartbreak, and anger over the Tiller verdict. That like when He let us watch Terri Schiavo die in spite of the fervent prayers of tens of thousands of people, this is another case where it seems our prayers fall on deaf ears. Would just one person, just enough to give a hung jury, have been too much to ask? Did it have to be a slam-dunk for the defense, when this man is so clearly breaking not only God's law but man's law as well?

    It's a blow. A heavy blow.

  2. It is hard to understand. I don't get why they couldn't see that this man did break the law either.

    God is in control, and while Tiller may have escaped justice by the Court, he will one day face a just God who will judge. Either he pays for his sin, or he embraces Jesus as Savior and Lord who died on the cross as our substitute, satisfying God's wrath so we don't have to undergo it. I pray that he will.

  3. That first sentence(in particular) should be on a plaque or something that would be easy to keep in sight,and in mind and heart, at all times!

    I spend a lot of time just talking to God,rather than formal”prayer”.Which works pretty good for me anyway,because I don't always know why something might be bothering me,and God and I just talk it out. He's pretty good at that!

    Oh,did you see reland's story? AndyWendt pointed it out to me. It's pretty powerful.


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