Lent with Bonhoeffer: Discipline of Prayer


Thursday, March 15, 2018

We meditate because we need a firm discipline of prayer. We like to pray according to our moods–briefly, at length, or not at all. But that is to be arbitrary. Prayer is not a free-will offering to God; it is an obligatory service, something that He requires. We are not free to engage in it according to our own wishes. Prayer is the first divine service in the day. God requires that we take time for this service. “Early in the morning I cry out to you, for in your word is my trust. My eyes are open in the night watches, that I may meditate upon your promise” (Psalm 119:147-148). “Seven times a day do I praise you, because of your righteous judgments” (Psalm 119:164). God needed time before he came to us in Christ for our salvation. He needs time before he comes into our heart for our salvation.

-from Meditating on the Word, pg. 23

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