The Worship Quote of the Week for (10/01/1996):

Greetings! Here's another WORSHIP QUOTE from C.S. Lewis, this time a poem on
the theme of prayer. Does God have a "voice" in our prayers?

Master, they say that when I seem
To be in speech with you,
Since you make no replies, it's all a dream
-One talker aping two.

They are half right, but not as they
Imagine; rather, I
Seek in myself the things I meant to say,
And lo! the wells are dry.

Then, seeing me empty, you forsake
The listener's role, and through
My dead lips breathe and into utterance wake
The thoughts I never knew.

And thus you neither need reply
Nor can; thus while we seem
Two talking, thou art One forever, and I
No dreamer, but thy dream.

- C.S. Lewis, "Prayer," from POEMS, edited by Walter Hooper, Harcourt Brace
Jovanovich, 1964.

[If I am committed to a life of prayer, I certainly can't always wait around
until I have all the right words (or even the right ideas) ready to launch
into appropriate praise and petition. No, sometimes I have to believe that
the Holy Spirit will direct my prayer according to the will of God. See
Romans 8:26-27 for a little Tuesday morning prayer life encouragement.]

Have a great week,