Why then should I care whether other people hear my confessions, as if they were going to heal all my diseases? People are curious to know the lives of others but slow to correct their own. Why do they desire to hear from me what I am, who are unwilling to hear from you what they are? And how can they tell, when they hear from me of myself, whether I speak the truth, seeing that no man knows what is in a person except the human spirit that is within?
—Upper Room Spiritual Classics: Writings of Augustine, Edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.
—Revelation 3:20 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Try this suggested prayer practice this week:
1. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and remember that God loves you and you are in God’s presence.
2. Imagine God calling you by name, asking “(Your name), what do you want?”
3. Answer God honestly with whatever word or phrase comes from deep within you.
4. Call God by name, a name you frequently use for God.
5. Combine your name for God with your word or phrase to form a brief prayer that flows smoothly.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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