Saturday, June 12, 2010

What sort of comfort?

Artist: Paul Gauguin

You know, this strikes me as being a very important teaching about prayer, actually:

It is quite useless knocking at the door of heaven for earthly comfort. It's not the sort of comfort they supply there.

-- C. S. Lewis

It certainly flies in the face of the so-called "prosperity gospel", doesn't it?

What would happen if part of our prayer was to ask for help in cultivating an awareness of and a receptivity for the kind of comfort they do supply in heaven?

I would think that it's well worth pondering.


  1. This is the answer to one person on a video I posted today about atheists' replies--the girl said God never answered her or her family's prayers. Presence is the answer.

  2. It is quite useless knocking at the door of heaven for earthly comfort.

    Weirdly though, I asked God recently for earthly comfort, expecting that that was outside the remit and I was being silly, and He gave it.

  3. Although I appreciate the idea of trying to discern what you are really asking for before you ask, I ended up feeling a little depressed by this quote. God made us the earthly creatures that we are. The idea that he would, nevertheless, be uninterested in our earthly concerns makes me feel alone. Isn't a true friend interested in all of us, not just some parts?


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