Thursday, July 15, 2010

Praying Backwards

"How would your prayer change if you began where you normally end? We habitually end our prayers with the phrase 'In Jesus' name, amen.' The amen means 'truly' or even 'I really mean this.' But what are we actually saying? We are supposed to be saying that everything we prayed for was offered 'in Jesus name,' we pray for his sake more than our own. We still present our desires and priorities to Christ's priorities. The final phrase of our prayer reminds us, as well as commits us, to submit all our requests to the glory of Jesus."
- Bryan Chapell

Source: Praying Backwards: Transforming Your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus' Name. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2005. Print. 13

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