Thursday, September 3, 2020

How We Pray

You have heard a great many Arminian sermons, I dare say; but you never heard an Arminian prayer--for the saints in prayer appear as one in word, and deed and mind. An Arminian on his knees would pray desperately like a Calvinist. He cannot pray about free-will--there is no room for it. Imagine him praying: 
"Lord, I thank you I am not like those poor presumptuous Calvinists. Lord, I was born with a glorious free-will; I was born with power by which I can turn to you of myself; I have improved my grace. If everybody had done the same with their grace that I have--they might all have been saved. Lord, I know You do not make us willing, if we are not willing ourselves. You give grace to everybody; some do not improve it, but I do. There are many that will go to Hell as much bought with the blood of Christ as I was; they had as much of the Holy Spirit given to them; they had as good a chance, and were as much blessed as I am. It was not Your grace that made us to differ; I know it did a great deal--still I turned the point; I made use of what was given me, and others did not--that is the difference between me and them." 
~Charles Spurgeon

Edited to add:

Life as it is right now only really affords me time to post some quotes, but I must say--if you are reading this quote as some sort of insult to Arminians or something like that, you are reading it wrong.  Instead, this quote shows how all saints have a desperate need for the grace of God, and how we can do nothing good of ourselves.  Read it again carefully...."for the saints in prayer appear as one in word, and deed and mind. "

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

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