When we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” we are, in a measure, shutting tomorrow out of our prayer. We do not live in tomorrow but in today. We do not seek tomorrow’s grace or tomorrow’s bread. They thrive best, and get most out of life, who live in the living present. They pray best who pray for today’s needs, not for tomorrow’s, which may render our prayers unnecessary and redundant by not existing at all! (Adapted from E.M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer)
It’s wonderful to have a Savior who not only hears our prayers but also answers them. There is no peace like that which comes from the abiding presence of the Lord. And all we need do is humbly come before Him in prayer.
The Church Fathers anticipated Augustine by two centuries in their formulation of the doctrine of original sin and in their acceptance of the principle of divine grace.
Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullian (c. 160- c. 220) was born in Carthage, North Africa. He studied law as a young man. In about 195 he converted to Christianity and spent the rest of his life utilizing his skills as a rhetorician to defend the faith against pagan philosophies and heresies.