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A Prayerful Attitude

Dr. T.T. Shields in a sermon in The Gospel Witness and Protestant Advocate Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We are disposed to confine prayer to a particular time and act, as though believers pray only when they say so many words, when they formally assume an attitude of prayer. In my view, and I think there is abundant Scriptural warrant for it, prayer is much less an act than an attitude. It is an attitude of soul, an attitude of abiding trust which a man assumes as he goes about his business, as he does a hundred things when the formal bowing of the knee, or the utterance of words, may be an impossibility; but he has taken up an attitude of trust toward God. He is counting upon Him. He is depending upon Him, and his whole attitude is one of prayer.

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