Signs of the Times

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.

February 12, 1949

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