“The phrase ‘learning to pray’ sounds strange to us. If the heart does not overflow and begin to pray by itself, we say, it will never ‘learn’ to pray. But it is a dangerous error, surely very widespread among Christians, to think that the heart can pray by itself. For then we confuse wishes, hopes, sighs, laments, rejoicings – all of which the heart can do by itself – with prayer. And we confuse earth and heaven, man and God. Prayer does not mean simply to pour out one’s heart. It means rather to find the way to God and to speak with him, whether the heart is full or empty. No man can do that by himself. For that he needs Jesus Christ.”
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible
The photograph is of the crucifix that hangs in the practice chapel on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN.
© 2013 Tyrel Bramwell