Friday, September 25, 2015

God Is the Transcendent Referent of Prayer

Hidden Lake Gardens
Tipton, Michigan

God invites us to communicate with him. The invitation to the daily God-conference is addressed to us, and signed "Love, God." 

God addresses us with the words "Talk with me." This is the invitation to pray. All we need to do is accept it and engage with God.

God is not too busy to communicate with us. And, he desires to do so. God wants to and will meet with you now. He initiates this.

Robert Simpson writes:

"God is the transcendent Referent of prayer in yet another sense. The effects of prayer, the movement of prayer, are not the result of human initiative; rather, prayer begins with God. As the fathers indicate, God provides the form, the content, and the power of prayer; hence its very possibility. Thus we assert that prayer itself is a gift of grace, that it wells up in the context of grace." 
- Simpson, The Interpretation of Prayer in the Early Church, pp. 165-66. Cited in Stanley Grenz, Prayer: The Cry for the Kingdom, Kindle Locations 441-443.

Talk with me today.