Quote Friday

23 04 2010

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 set in the physcal 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 would not. The curse with most of us is that we won’t. The Christian life is one of incarnate spiritual pluck.

Oswald Chambers

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4 responses

23 04 2010
Kirsty

But I need God’s help to have the strength (and the desire) to do the kicking.

24 04 2010
Linda watson

Oh, yes, I like this one!! We say we want to be holy but don’t do anything about it. It’s like dieting; if you want to lose weight eat fewer calories. If you’re not bothered then don’t do anything. An option isn’t to talk about our aspirations but do nothing about it – that’s just lazy, indulgent and hypocritical. In the same way, we think if we make all the right noises about being holy but don’t get up earlier, switch off the telly, give up reading rubbish etc., then we’ll fool everyone into thinking we’re serious about our new life. And, maybe we will. But, that’s not what growing as christians is about.

3 05 2010
Neil

I don’t feel comfortable about the concept of saying that there is anything we should not pray about. Surely our sometimes wayward moods are part of living in the fallen world in a fallen body and we cannot hope to fight these things – or any other – on our own. Praying about something is not just “talking about our aspirations” – it is about asking our all-powerful and all-caring heavenly father for the strength and ability AND doing something about it. Faith without works is dead but works on their own are futile.

4 05 2010
feemail

I think its just trying to say we use “I need to pray about it” as a smoke screen for not getting the finger out and dealing with a bad habit. A mood is something we can choose not to be in. We may have to pray to ask God’s help in tackling it, but the choice is ours whether we’re going to succumb to it or kick it.

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