Selwyn Hughes on Daily Prayer

“Try, try, try, and keep on trying is the rule that must be followed to become an expert in anything.”~~W. Clement Stone

Today’s word of the day, from the Oxford English Dictionary, is rambo, “A variety of apple with yellowish skin streaked with red, ripening in late summer or early autumn, and used for cooking, eating, and cider-making; (also) the tree producing this apple.” Betcha didn’t see that coming.

Today is Techno Day, a day to celebrate the genre of music known as Techno. There are quite a few varieties of this genre, many of which are simply dance music. My favorite band that I consider techno is a British band called Ladytron. My favorite song of theirs is called “Destroy Everything You Touch.”

I don’t have much to write, on a personal level, today. We continue getting ready for Christmas. The Southlake Community Band is playing at the grand opening of the new facility in Southlake, called The Marq. I’m not exactly sure what the purpose of the facility is, but it seems to be a multi-purpose entertainment/convention facility with an outdoor amphitheater, which is where we will be playing. The concert begins at 11:00, and will be followed by a performance of our Swing Band.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God)

As we continue trying to develop a pattern for daily prayer, Timothy Keller refers to a book called My Path of Prayer, edited by David Haynes. In this book, different Christian leaders share essays on their own prayer lives. Keller mentions one, specifically, by Selwyn Hughes. Hughes gives a description of his own prayer life.

“He prayed as soon as he could after rising in the morning. he read a passage of Scripture and meditated on it, including a Psalm if there was time. He then took a moment to ‘still his mind’ and remind himself both of God’s presence and of the privilege and power of prayer. Then, he began to pray, always beginning with adoration, praise, and thanksgiving to God. After this, he writes, he moved to ‘pray for my personal spiritual condition,’ and by this he meant self-examination, confession, and repentance. Then he did what we have called petitionary prayer for himself, those he knew, for the church, and for the world. Finally, he says, he would end by again stilling his mind and heart to be sure he had heard from God what he especially wanted him to learn from this time of meditation and prayer.”

This is not really original, and is quite similar to descriptions that we have seen in the likes of Martin Luther. Based on this, Keller has come up with a model or outline of daily prayer that he believes would work for most people. The framework he is suggesting includes “evocation, meditation, Word prayer, free prayer, and contemplation.” I’ll spend the next few days going through his summary of each of these pieces.

Father, I cry out, as always, “Teach me to pray!” I will never stop learning about prayer, because I will never have learned everything there is to know about it. I revel in these writings of godly men from our past, and plan to immerse myself in even more after finishing this book. Keep my desire and passion for prayer alive!

Come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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