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Self-Abandonment, Prayer, and Power

“What is the point of praying to the God of the cross whose power and wisdom are only those of impotence and foolishness?  The answer, surely, as discomforting as it is hopeful, makes costly demands even as it liberates.  For if the surrender of power is the form, and the only form, that God’s power takes, and if vulnerable self-abandonment is itself the creative energy which is bringing history powerfully to its fulfillment, that places unbearable demands upon ourselves who in and through words and deeds of prayerful living would align and associate ourselves with the triune history of God, confessing and obeying Christ’s cruciform, grave-shaped lordship over all.   Such prayer must humanly enact the divine possibility of grace — that those and only those who lose themselves shall find themselves.  To pray to the crucified God is, therefore, to affirm and practice radical dependence and surrender to the point of death itself — which may be why so few of us truly know how to pray, or even wish to do so.”

–Alan E. Lewis, Between Cross and Resurrection: A Theology of Holy Saturday (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001), 303.

One Comment

  1. R.O. Flyer wrote:

    Good shit.

    Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

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