The Worship Quote of the Week for (05/07/2002):

Disciplined Prayer
Should we pray to God only when we feel like it (spontaneous prayer)? Or
should we be scheduled and regular in our coming to the throne of grace?
Todayís WORSHIP QUOTE is about disciplined prayer.


DISCIPLINED PRAYER
Disciplined prayer arises from two things: first, a good general knowledge of
Godís word; second, a strong desire to please him. In other words, I am
talking about an act of sheer obedience whether we feel like it or not. And
it is the mature Christian who follows this way. If you think that the
spontaneous impulse is the only kind that matters, you show yourself to be a
superficial Christian. If you only respond to God when you are carried along
by feeling, then you are an immature Christian.

ó R. T. Kendall. WORSHIPPING GOD: REDISCOVERING THE FULL DIMENSION OF
WORSHIP. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1999 edition with new forward by Darlene
Zschech, p. 92. ISBN 0 340 74588 6


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Have a great week.


Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky
carlstam@aol.com
www.carlstam.org
www.sbts.edu