stages of prayer

Recently a teacher gave a sketch of his development as a praying person: helpless, work and love. Here’s how I illustrate them:

Helpless – “Oh God help me!”

Work – “O Lord, I obediently come to you.”

Love – “Compassionate, merciful and loving Father, I thank you for your presence when I sit, as I go, and when I stumble. I praise you for you kindness in bringing me to yourself. May I love you more and more so that as you fill me I may serve you with a full heart.”

Certainly, we are often helpless. Sometimes prayer is a duty. But through duty we can find delight, and a growing love for the Father. May our love grow so that we agree with the psalmist:

Here’s the sermon by Tim Keller.

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