Dangerous prayer

Jacques Ellul

If a person thinks of prayer as a way of not getting involved, of not acting, of avoiding risk, if he supposes that prayer lets him escape fatigue and danger, assures him of tranquility and a good conscience, gives him all-around protection, then we can say that he has not understood the reality of prayer. . .

Jacques Ellul, Prayer and Modern Man, 164-5.

One of the best books on prayer I've ever read. Ellul had a warm heart and a sharp mind.

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