14 September 2010

Long Praying

Methodist minister David Stoner:
Long praying is, in general, both a symptom and a cause of spiritual deadness.
--quoted in Iain Murray, Wesley and the Men Who Followed (Banner of Truth 2003), 121

3 comments:

Trevor said...

Dane,

Care to expound a bit on what the author is presenting here? I am pretty sure I grasp his idea, but I think a wider context would help.

- Trevor

Dane Ortlund said...

A cold heart subtly seeks to cover over its own coldness in prayer by compensating with length of prayer. Quantity atones for quality.

Trevor said...

I figured it was along those lines. What bizzare creatures we are who we who would think that our many words make up the value of our prayers, as opposed to Christ' blood.