PRAYER IS NOT SO MUCH AN ACT as an attitude. The first Beatitude says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). The poor in spirit – the renounced, the surrendered in spirit – have what? The kingdom of heaven! They do not merely belong to the kingdom of God, but the kingdom of God belongs to them! All of its resources support them; they work with almighty power. Therefore, they go beyond themselves in thinking, in acting, in accomplishment. They are ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
– E. Stanley Jones with commentary by Tom Albin
How to Pray
From pages 39-40 of How to Pray by E. Stanley Jones with commentary by Tom Albin. Copyright © 2015 by the E. Stanley Jones Foundation. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
What does “poor in spirit” mean to you? Share your thoughts.
Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country.
He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
Luke 4:14-15, NRSV
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This week we remember: Priscilla (January 18).
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