More C.S. Lewis quotes on prayer


by Richard Long,

For your New Year’s Eve consideration, here are a couple of thought provoking ideas from one of my most favourite authors.  In this case C.S. Lewis provides some thoughts about why prayers are not answered.

“I must often be glad that certain past prayers of my own were not granted.”

from Christian Reflections: Petitionary Prayer, 1953

“Prayer is request.  The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted.  And if an infinitely wise Being listens to the requests of finite and foolish creatures, of course He will sometimes grant and sometimes refuse them.”

from The World’s Last Night and other Essays: The Efficacy of Prayer, 1959

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