Sunday, November 29, 2009

Excellent reminders from C.S. Lewis on prayer

I was rereading "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis this morning and came across this excellent reminder on prayer which I thought I'd share with you. Reminder: The Screwtape Letters are written from a senior to a junior devil, so "the Enemy" in the letters is God.
Whenever they are praying to the Enemy Himself we are defeated, but there are ways of preventing them from doing so. The simplest is to turn their gaze away from Him towards themselves. Keep them watching their own minds and trying to produce feelings there by the action of their own wills. When they meant to ask him for charity, let them instead, start trying to manufacture charitable feelings for themselves and not notice that this is what they are doing. When they meant to pray for courage, let them really be trying to feel brave. When they say they are praying for forgiveness, let them be trying to feel forgiven. Teach them to estimate the value of each prayer by their success in producing the desired feeling; and never let them suspect how much success or failure of that kind depends on whether they are well or ill, fresh or tired, at the moment."

Blessings until next time ...

Monday, November 2, 2009

Rob Bell's version of the gospel

This is a video of Rob Bell's emergent version of the gospel. Take a look and respond to the blog with your thoughts on what he's saying.