John Wesley on praying.

The English evangelist, John Wesley, wrote in his journal that, ‘The end of your praying is not to inform God, as though he knew of your wants already; but rather to inform yourselves; to fix the sense of those wants more deeply in your hearts, and the sense of your continued dependence on Him who only is able to supply all your wants. It is not so much to move God who is always more ready to give than you to ask, as to move yourselves, that you may be willing and ready to receive the good things he has prepared for you.’

Reference: John Wesley, cited by Rev. Dr Andrew J Taylor, ‘Light the Fire Again: Daily Prayers for the Next Great Awakening’ (unpublished paper, 2023 version), p. 51.

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