Some Defects In English Religion; And Other Sermons by John Neville FiggisSome Defects In English Religion; And Other Sermons by John Neville Figgis

Some Defects In English Religion; And Other Sermons

byJohn Neville Figgis

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917. Excerpt: ... "Ask, and it shall be given you." St. Matt. vii. 7. rHIS evening I want to answer one or two J-difficulties in regard to prayer; for it has been felt by many people as presenting great problems. The first, and, as I believe, most important problem about prayer is: What does it effect? Some people are for saying that the only effect of prayer is on our minds; it composes and calms the mind; it unites us with the will of God; it teaches us resignation to all that is; but it in no way alters the course of events. That, however, I think to be wholly wrong. People ask: How can prayer change the will of God? They say that it is blasphemous to suppose that our prayers can have any result beyond ourselves, because God's will is unchangeable, that we ought not even to wish to change it. Now, God's will (willing the good of His creatures and of the world) is constant, it does not change; but the conditions under which that good can be brought about are affected by human action of all kinds. If man is free, then the good of all mankind can never be completely fulfilled until man's freedom is always and invariably exercised aright; that is, so long as sin remains, God's will, which is the perfect good of His creatures, cannot be fulfilled. So it is with prayer. It may be that God intends and desires for us certain goods, but that He will not give us them unless we are willing to ask for them. God in that way acts precisely like a wise human parent. You may have many boons, gifts, pleasures that you are willing and, indeed, desirous to give to your children, but you will teach them that they are not to have them unless they ask properly. Our prayers are just that "saying please," without which the will of God for our betterment can never come to fruition. So, then, le...
Title:Some Defects In English Religion; And Other SermonsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:30 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021705160X

ISBN - 13:9780217051606