PRAYER: How and Why Short Prayers Pierce Heaven, from The Cloud of Unknowing   4 comments

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This is from the blog The Value of Sparrows:

Why does this little prayer of one syllable (such as, “Lord!” or “Father!” or “Jesus!”) pierce the heavens?  Surely because it is offered with a full spirit, in the height and the depth, in the length and the breadth of the spirit of him who prays.

In the height: that is with the full might of the spirit; in the depth: for in this little syllable all the faculties of the spirit are contained; in the length: because if it could always be experienced as it is in that moment, it would cry as it does then; in the breadth: because it desires for all others all that it desires for itself.

It is in this moment that the soul comprehends with all the saints what is the length and the breadth, the height and the depth of the everlasting, all-loving, almighty and all-wise God, as Saint Paul teaches; not fully, but in some way and to some degree, as is proper to this work.

The eternity of God is his length; his love is his breadth; his power is his height, and his wisdom is his depth.  No wonder, then, that the soul which is so nearly conformed by grace to the image and likeness of God his maker is immediately heard by God.

Yes, and even if it were a very sinful soul, one which is, as it were, God’s enemy as long as it should come, through grace, to cry out with such a little syllable from the height and the depth, the length and the breadth of it spirit, it would always be heard and helped by God in the very vehemence of its shriek.

The Value of Sparrows
The Cloud of Unknowing

4 responses to “PRAYER: How and Why Short Prayers Pierce Heaven, from The Cloud of Unknowing

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  1. Simply beautiful!

  2. I read “The Cloud of Unknowing” many years ago in my early twenties. It is a classic in Christian spirituality.

    This reminds me of a conversation I had with a Christian while I was hitchhiking in Idaho recently. He met a guy who went to a seminary. Ever since he left the seminary, he has spent much of his time unlearning what he learned.

  3. THE SERPENT OF BRONZE

    The Israelites spoke against God and Moses, so God sent fiery serpents among them because they sinned and many people of Israel died. (Numbers 21:4-7)

    God gave them a plan to escape death.

    Numbers 21:8-9 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. (NKJV)

    TAKE NOTICE.

    1. Not one Israelite said “Looking at the bronze serpent did save me from death, because I was saved the minute I believed in the message of Moses.”

    2. Not one Israelite said “I was saved from death by faith alone, and looking at the bronze serpent was just an act of obedience.”

    3. Not one Israelite said, “Looking at the serpent of bronze was a testimony of my faith, however, it had no bearing on my sins being forgiven by the Lord and I was saved from death before I looked at the bronze serpent.”

    4. Not one Israelite said, ” Looking at a serpent of bronze is a work and works cannot saved anyone from death.”

    5. Not one Israelite said, “Moses meant that we were to look at the serpent of bronze because we were already saved from death.”

    6. Not one Israelite said, ” You must look at the serpent of bronze in order to join the local synagogue, however, it has nothing to do with being saved from death.”

    7. Not one Israelite said, There are three modes of looking at the serpent of bronze. 1. Looking at the serpent of bronze. 2. Talking about looking at the serpent of bronze. 3. Reading a book about looking at the serpent of bronze.

    8. Not one Israelite said, “Looking at the serpent is an outward sign that we have already been saved from death.”

    You notice, that unlike the denominational churches of today, the Israelites did not write down some man-creeds in order to be saved from death from snake bites. They believed the words of Moses, as spoken by the Lord.

    If only men today would simply believe what God says about the terms of pardon under the New Covenant.

    THE TERMS: 1. Faith-John 3:16 2. Repentance-Acts 2:38, Acts 19:3 3. Confession-Romans 10:9 4. Water baptism-Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:21

    YOu ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY CHRISTIAN BLOG. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com

  4. “You notice, that unlike the denominational churches of today, the Israelites did not write down some man-creeds in order to be saved from death from snake bites. They believed the words of Moses, as spoken by the Lord.”

    Thank you for your comment, Steve.

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