Maak ‘n Punt Daarvan.

Om elke dag ‘n tyd in te ruim om te rus in God is ______ :

“Now then, little man, for a short time fly from your business; hide yourself for a moment from your turbulent thoughts.  Break off now your troublesome cares, and think less of your laborious occupations.  Make a little time for God, and rest for a while in him.  Enter into the chamber of your mind, shut out everything but God and whatever helps you to seek him, and, when you have shut the door, seek him.  Speak now, O my whole heart, speak now to God: ‘I seek thy face; thy face, Lord, do I desire.’”

-Anselm of Canterbury (ca. 1033-1109), Proslogion, chapter one

Soos gesien op God is Deeper Still, No Way This Man Become Shallow, Ray Ortlund

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“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask . . . .” Ephesians 3:20

“He is like an eternal, unfailing fountain.  The more it pours forth and overflows, the more it continues to give.  God desires nothing more seriously from us than that we ask Him for much and great things.”

 

Martin Luther, quoted in The Lutheran Study Bible, at Ephesians 3:20.

Bid Resep

Om te bid is ‘n groot voorreg. Dit is ook ‘n opdrag, iets wat God verwag – en wil hê.

Ek dink Paulus slaan die spyker op die kop in sy brief aan die Fillipense:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  – Phil 4:6-7

Tim Keller skryf in ‘n stuk, How to Pray Better in Public and in Private, Too, wat hy geleer het uit Thomas Cranmer se Book of Common Prayer. Hy stel voor mens breek ‘n gebed af in vyf stukkies:

1. The address – a name of God
2. The doctrine – a truth about God’s nature that is the basis for the prayer
3. The petition – what is being asked for
4. The aspiration – what good result will come if the request is granted
5. In Jesus’ name – this remembers the mediatorial role of Jesus

 

Hoe Cranmer dit gebruik, in sy gebed gedurende nagmaal, skep ‘n lekker praktiese kompliment aan die voorstel vir gebed:

1. Almighty God
2. unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid,
3. cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit,
4. that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy name,
5. through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.