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Litmus Test? 11th October, 2008

Posted by Scotty in Life.
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This week in our reading, Joe and I hit a chapter in E.M.Bounds called Persistent Prayer. In it is a paragraph that comes as a HUGE challenge to the Church today–it is something of a litmus test of the reality of our faith:

Noting distinguishes the children of God so clearly and strongly as prayer. It is the one infallible mark and test of being a Christian. Christian people are prayerful. The worldly-minded are prayerless

(For those who like to pick a fight when they feel convicted, or those who are extra-cautious when reading… logically, the inverse/converse of these statements are not automatically true. He is not saying here that anyone who prays to any ‘god’ is a Christian, nor that it is only those who don’t ever pray can be called worldly-minded. Both contextually and Biblically that is ridiculous)

…Prayer has everything to do with molding the soul into the image of God. It has everything to do with enhancing and enlarging the measure of divine grace. It has everything to do with bringing the soul into complete commiunion with God. It has everything to do with enriching, broadening and maturing the soul’s experience of God. That person who does not pray cannot possibly be called a Christian. (p42, emphasis mine)

These are strong words. However, f you are reading this and you consider yourself to be a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, I ask you this:

Do you pass this test?

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