Calvin on praying aright, from Deuteronomy 3:23ff.

“But as for us, we must assure ourselves of the love of God, and that he is much readier to grant than we be to require, yea and that he is so pitiful and has such a respect of our miseries and necessities to relieve them, that he even prevents [goes before] us. We must be thoroughly persuaded of this when we pray. But how shall we know it? We must not bear ourselves on hand that we hold God bound unto us, and that we shall make him to grant all our desires: for what a malapertness were that? And what an honoring of God were it, if every man should say, I believe God will do whatever I command him? But we must rest upon his promises. You see then that faith is requisite in our prayers: that is to wit, that no man thrust forth himself upon his own head, but that having the promise whereby God allures us unto him, we go unto him boldly, not doubting but that he will keep touch with us.”


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