Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tuesday Tome - The Divine Conspiracy

One of the books I'm reading right now is You Are What You Love by James K. A. Smith. It's proving to be a really terrific book. As I read, I'm frequently reminded of another book, The Divine Conspiracy, by Dallas Willard. I'm thankful for writers like James K. A. Smith who are keeping the topic of spiritual formation alive and well.

Here are a few excerpts from The Divine Conspiracy...
We must understand that God does not "love" us without liking us - through gritted teeth - as "Christian" love is sometimes thought to do. Rather, out of the eternal freshness of his perpetually self-renewed being, the heavenly Father cherishes the earth and each human being upon it. The fondness, the endearment, the unstintingly affectionate regard of God toward all his creatures is the natural outflow of what he is to the core - which we vainly try to capture with our tired but indispensable old word "love".

Kingdom praying and its efficacy is entirely a matter of the innermost heart's being totally open and honest before God. It is a matter of what we are saying with our whole being, moving with resolute intent and clarity of mind into the flow of God's action. 
Many people have found prayer impossible because they thought they should only pray for wonderful but remote needs they actually had little or no interest in or even knowledge of. Prayer simply dies from efforts to pray about ‘good things’ that honestly do not matter to us. The way to get to meaningful prayer for those good things is to start by praying for what we are truly interested in. The circle of our interests will inevitably grow in the largeness of God’s love.

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