Saving Your Life & Society Through Prayer

“The only way to get out of the cramped world of the ego and into the large world of God without denying or suppressing or mutilating the ego is through prayer. The only way to escape from self-annihilating and society-destroying egotism and into self-enhancing community is through prayer. Only in prayers can we escape the distortions and constrictions of the self and enter the truth and expansiveness of God. We find there, to our surprise, both self and society whole and blessed. It is the old business of losing your life to save it; and the life that is saved is not only your own, but everyone else’s as well.”–Eugene Peterson


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2 responses to “Saving Your Life & Society Through Prayer

  1. M Vest

    Great quote, Nate. Speaking of losing the “self” and finding communion with the Body in prayer:

    Possible Answers to Prayer
    By Scott Cairns

    Your petitions—though they continue to bear
    just the one signature—have been duly recorded.
    Your anxieties—despite their constant,

    relatively narrow scope and inadvertent
    entertainment value—nonetheless serve
    to bring your person vividly to mind.

    Your repentance—all but obscured beneath
    a burgeoning, yellow fog of frankly more
    conspicuous resentment—is sufficient.

    Your intermittent concern for the sick,
    the suffering, the needy poor is sometimes
    recognizable to me, if not to them.

    Your angers, your zeal, your lipsmackingly
    righteous indignation toward the many
    whose habits and sympathies offend you—

    these must burn away before you’ll apprehend
    how near I am, with what fervor I adore
    precisely these, the several who rouse your passions.

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