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Chrysostom on Prayer--Without the Spirit Our Prayer Bouquets are Like Weeds

Chrysostom, a 4th century preacher, used this analogy for prayer. A young boy wanted to give a gift to his father who had been away a long time. His mother sent him to the garden to pick a bouquet of flowers. The boy grabbed flowers, weeds, grass, and everything else he could find. But when his father returned, he received a beautiful bouquet of flowers because the boy’s mother had intervened, removing all the weeds. Our prayers are nothing as they leave our lips but Christ intercedes for us turning them into sweet bowls of incense for the Father.

From a sermon by Adam Cain, Prayer Types, 12/4/2009

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