Calvin: On Praying in Doubt

Even when in the midst of doubts, fears, and apprehensions, let us put forth our efforts in prayer, until we experience some consolation which may calm and bring contentment to our minds. Although distrust may shut the gate against our prayers, yet we must not allow ourselves to give way, whenever our hearts waver or are agitated with inquietude, but must persevere until faith finally come forth victorious from these conflicts. — John Calvin

4 thoughts on “Calvin: On Praying in Doubt

  1. Emerson Fast 25 Dec 2010 at 11:35 pm

    What an encouraging quote.

    Did you know Jimboy, that I used to be scared out of my mind to read John Calvin? Every time I came near to these old saints I was gripped by the most ferocious fear and trembling, and felt my stomach churn in a mixture of conviction and dread at my own lack of piety. Then I realized that the decisive thing for Calvin (and indeed any theologian worthy of the office) is Christ as our righteousness and reconciliation with God. Since that time these lions have truly, even experientially appeared to me as nothing but the gentlest and friendliest of lambs.


  2. Michael Acidri 26 Dec 2010 at 7:38 am

    Very straight to the point. 🙂


  3. Scripture Zealot 26 Dec 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I believe this is why the ‘practice’ of ‘spiritual disciplines’ are important. Some call it legalism or think these are dirty words which is sad. I call it obedience and love. There should be genuine fervency of course, but that’s a given.


  4. Eric Chamblee 27 Dec 2010 at 9:36 pm

    As for me, I have given up on the notion. If god wants to he will and if he does not he will not. At least that has been my experience with him. Praying is like wishing, only less effective.


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