Thursday, August 6, 2009

Elull on prayer and hope

Elull on Prayer
By Halden

“The person who claims to be full of hope but fails to lead a life of prayer is a liar. Prayer is the sole ‘reason’ for hope, at the same time that it is its means and expression. Prayer is the referral to God’s decision, on which we are counting. Without that referral there can be no hope, because we would have nothing to hope for. Prayer is the assurance of the possibility of God’s intervention, without which there is no hope. Prayers is the means given by God for the dialogue with him, that is to day, it is the very junction of the future with eternity, where we have seen that our hope is located. In its dialogue it embraces the past presented for pardon, the future defined by cooperation between the praying person and God, and eternity, which prayer lays hold of through the sighs uttered by the Holy Spirit.

“Without such prayer we can piece together a few false hopes to give the appearance of hope, but all that, even when arranged theologically, can only be illusory. That is why it is quite right to recall that hope is based on God’s promise constantly fulfilled and renewed. But how can we forget that, throughout the Bible, this promise is linked with the ceaseless outcry of prayer? It is man’s prayer which demands the fulfillment, and it is again his prayer which demands its renewal and its ongoing. Without prayer, the promise and its fulfillment are forces just as indifferent and blind as Moira (fate) and Ananke (necessity).”

~ Jacques Elull, Hope in a Time of Abandonment, 272-3.

Ps. I just realised that people who subscribe to this blog get these posts even when I backdate them. I put them on the blog so I can find them easily later. I stole this one from halden

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi. Im from Melbourne.

Become a dancing prayer of love-communion with Me-the Incarnate Divine Person.

Such was the instruction of the being who wrote the essays on this webpage. Essays that point out that for True Prayer to be really effective you have to re-pattern every aspect of your life to the Divine Law.

Plus He points out that the Process that IS True Religion only begins once you have transcended your fear of death, and really abandoned all hope that your ordinary life is going to work ou.