Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Praying = Loving

Prayer is the product of [our] passion for people... Unaffected fervency in prayer is not whipped-up emotionalism but the overflow of [our] love for brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. That means that if we are to improve our praying, we must strengthen our loving. As we grow in disciplined, self-sacrificing love, so we will grow in intercessory prayer. Superficially fervent prayers devoid of such love are finally phony, hollow, shallow.

D.A. Carson
A Call to Spiritual Reformation, Baker, 1992, p. 85.

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