As I mentioned in my last post, I am busy during these weeks with family visiting Judy and I on the lake. The time I need to reflect on a post and then do the writing takes time. I simply will not have much reflective time to write a post. For me it takes time. I do the work out of obedience, with the prayer that I might improve in my ability to communicate what is in my heart. I do not want to stop writing. Sometimes that would be the easiest thing to do. But with God’s help and his grace I will keep posting. I simply leave the results to God. So here are some quotes from Tersteegen on prayer.
“What is easier and simpler than to open one’s eyes and see the light which surrounds us on all sides? God is far closer to us than the light. In Him we live and move and have our being. He comes into us, He fills us; He is nearer than we are to ourselves; to believe this simply and to remember this simply, as well as one can, is prayer.”
“We do not need to bring this thing or that, put ourselves into this or that attitude, or see or feel much every time we pray. We must just say simply and briefly what we are and what we would like to be; yes, it is not even necessary always to say it, we should just allow God, the ever-present, all-loving one to see us thus – but not perfunctorily: we should try to keep close in front of Him for some time, that He may have a good look at us and cure us. We must tell Him nothing and let Him see nothing but what is in us, whatever it may be.”
“Pray, if you like, without words, but never without worship.”
“Prayer is looking at God, who is ever present, and letting Him look on us.”