In this devotional by John Piper, he looks at the 23rd Psalm, and how the writer — King David — switches back and forth between talking about God (“He”) and to God (“You”):
The lesson I have learned from this form is that it is good not to talk very long about God without talking to God.
Every Christian is at least an amateur theologian — that is, a person who tries to understand the character and ways of God and then put that into words….
But what I have learned from David in Psalm 23 and other psalms, is that I should interweave my theology with prayer. I should frequently interrupt my talking about God by talking to God.
Not far behind the theological sentence, “God is generous,” should come the prayerful sentence, “Thank you, God.”
On the heels of, “God is glorious,” should come, “I adore your glory.”
What I have come to see is that this is the way it must be if we are feeling God’s reality in our hearts as well as describing it with our heads.’
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Thomas Merton, quoted by Paul E. Miller, in his book A Praying Life:
Prayer is an expression of who we are…. We are a living incompleteness. We are a gap, an emptiness that calls for completeness.”
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Two views of the calculator Pascal invented
A prayer of Blaise Pascal (via Nick Martineau):
I ask You neither for health nor for sickness, for life nor for death…. Give to me, or take away from me, only conform my will to Yours. I know but one thing, Lord, that it is good to follow You, and bad to offend You. Apart from that, I know not what is good or bad in anything. I know not which is most profitable to me, health or sickness, wealth or poverty…. That discernment is beyond the power of men… and is hidden among the secrets of Your providence — which I adore, but do not seek to fathom. Amen.
Richard Foster (Guideposts, June 2005):
If we truly love people, we will desire for them far more than it is within our power to give them, and this leads us to prayer. Intercession is a way of loving others.