Things we must not pray about

Many of us prefer to stay at the threshold of the Christian life instead of going on to construct a soul in accordance with the new life God has put within. We fail because we are ignorant of the way we are made, we put things down to the devil instead of our own undisciplined natures. Think what we can be when we are roused!

There are certain things we must not pray about – moods, for instance. Moods never go by praying, moods go by kicking. A mood nearly always has its seat in the physical condition, not in the moral. It is a continual effort not to listen to the moods which arise from a physical condition, never submit to them for a second. We have to take ourselves by the scruff of the neck and shake ourselves, and we will find that we can do what we said we could not. The curse with most of us is that we won’t. The Christian life is one of incarnate spiritual pluck.

–Oswald Chambers, from My Utmost For His Highest, May 20th

 

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  • Nice quote, and from the following I can see what Chambers was out of vogue at my old church:
    We have to take ourselves by the scruff of the neck and shake ourselves, and we will find that we can do what we said we could not. The curse with most of us is that we won’t. The Christian life is one of incarnate spiritual pluck.

    Not nearly Reformed/sola gracia enough. :^)

  • Heh…yeah, I have to love that good old Scottish sensibility that says,
    “Forget the mystical gyrations already and just act like you know you're
    supposed to. Excuses walk.”

  • Thanks for reminding me why I like Chambers so much. Got a dust of my copy of Utmost!

  • …[sigh] I've been seeing this kind of message pop up quite often around me. Perhaps there's a message I'm not quite acting on yet… [cough] Okay, okay, you caught me: This is absolutely a message I'm not acting on yet. As they say in the Vault commericals: I need to Get To It!

    Thanks for the kick.

    ~Luke

  • …[sigh] I've been seeing this kind of message pop up quite often around me. Perhaps there's a message I'm not quite acting on yet… [cough] Okay, okay, you caught me: This is absolutely a message I'm not acting on yet. As they say in the Vault commericals: I need to Get To It!

    Thanks for the kick.

    ~Luke

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