Thursday, May 14, 2015

Keller on Prayer

I just read this in Tim Keller’s Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God.

As we have already noted several times, the “inner life with God” here does not mean only our private, individual prayer life. Life with God is cultivated by both public and private worship and prayer. John Calvin and the other Reformers were clear that public prayer and devotion in the gathered Christian assembly was to be the formative foundation that taught us how to pray and behave toward God privately. Michael Horton, describing Calvin’s understanding of the Christian life, writes: “The public ministry shapes private devotion, not vice versa.”