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The second reason [to pray] is that prayer bends our wills to God’s will, which is what [submission] is all about. “If I throw out a boathook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is…aligning my will to the will of God”.

Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes.


Prompted by something I read this morning, I searched and found this one page about prayer from a book by John Wesley .

One line: O God, fill my soul with so entire a love of thee that I may love nothing but for thy sake and in subordination to thy love.

Oh my.

John Wesley

Lord, please teach us to pray like this.

As the magpies begin their pre-dawn song:

We commend to thy Fatherly goodness …. those afflicted or distressed, in mind or body; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them, according to their necessities; giving them patience under their suffering, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions.

Lighten their darkness, we beseech thee O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend them from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hear my cry oh Lord, attend unto my prayer. From the ends of the earth do I cry unto thee. When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.