Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What Does it Really Mean to Pray without Ceasing?

Just ask John Wesley, who wrote:
    For indeed [Methodists]* pray without ceasing. Not that they are always in the house of prayer; though they neglect no opportunity of being there. Neither are they always on their knees, although they often are, or on their face, before the Lord their God. Nor yet are they always crying aloud to God, for many times 'the Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.' Their heart is ever lifted up to God, at all times and in all places. In this they are never hindered, much less interrupted, by any person or thing. In retirement or in all their thoughts; they walk with God continually, having the loving eye of their minds still fixed upon him, and everywhere seeing him that is invisible.
*By "Methodists", Wesley means that group of Christians who met in small groups to commit themselves to disciplined piety. John and Charles Wesley founded these groups in England and got the name from outsiders. Sadly, quite a few of the churches by that name now do not exemplify this kind of thinking.

3 comments:

Craig L. Adams said...

Thanks for the quote. And, you are right: "Sadly, quite a few of the churches by that name now do not exemplify this kind of thinking." From my point of view, it's very sad.

jfrederickp said...

I'm not sure what you mean about Methodists at all. They are in far more of a pietist tradition than the New Calvinist tradition that the writers of this site seem to come from. Is there any justification at all to what you say?

Not that I'm even sure that your comment is related to their theology, but the United Methodists are among the most theologically conservative denominations in existance (and becoming more conservative) in the United States. I would assume you all would have much in common with them.

Andrew Faris said...

It was a generalization. Of course not all Methodists fall under the category. But when you think "evangelical spiritual vitality", you don't really think of modern Methodists do you?