A Kind of Make Believe

“Praying is spiritual work; and human nature does not like taxing, spiritual work. Human nature wants to sail to heaven under a favoring breeze, a full, smooth sea.

Prayer is humbling work. It abases intellect and pride, crucifies vain glory and signs our spiritual bankruptcy, and all these are hard for flesh and blood to bear. It is easier not to pray than to bear them. So we come to one of the crying evils of these times, maybe of all times: little or no praying. Of these two evils, perhaps little praying is words than no praying. Little praying is a kind of make-believe, a salve for the conscience, a farce and a delusion.” – E.M. Bounds

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