THE PASTOR HAD BEEN through some rough times; he knew what it was like to struggle with mental illness. But his illness had taught him that prayer isn’t something we do in our free time. It’s the life preserver we cling to when life threatens to drown us.
Often we think that praying means crafting long, eloquent prose or detailed lists of concerns and requests. But the pastor’s prayers were simple, three words each: “Lord have mercy. Thee I adore. Into Thy hands.” “Not difficult to remember. If in times of distress you hold to these, you will do well.”
- devozine, sept/oct 2012
“From “Three Simple Prayers” by Sarah Authur, pages 11-12 in devozine, the devotional lifestyle magazine for teens, September/October 2012. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission.The quote about the pastor is from The Scent of Water by British novelist Elizabeth Gouge.
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Memorize the short prayer above. Share your thoughts.
Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Luke 11:11-13, NRSV
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This week we remember:
Bridget of Sweden (July 24).
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