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Fresh Friday Quote: Andy Crouch

Each Friday I will share a quote I appreciate. It might be long or short. It might be funny or thought provoking.

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” The worst thing we could do is  follow that familiar advice to ‘pray as if it all depended on God, and work as if it all depended on you.’ Rather we need to become people who work as if it all depends on God – because it does, and because that is the best possible news. We work for, indeed work in the life and power of, a gracious and infinitely resourceful Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. And we need to know ourselves well enough that the thought that it might in fact all depend on us would drive us straight to fasting and trembling prayer.”

– Andy Crouch, Culture Making, page 12




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4 Comments

Mar 13, 2015

What does this line mean: “And we need to know ourselves well enough that the thought that it might in fact all depend on us would drive us straight to fasting and trembling prayer.”

Is he saying that we should pray and fast when we feel like it all depends on us since that is a sin and too big of a burden to carry. Or is he saying that there are times that it will actually all depend on us and we need to pray and fast so that we will be strong enough to carry that burden.


    Mar 13, 2015

    He is saying that we should fast and pray because we are incapable of bearing that burden. It’s less out of guilt than out of need.


Mar 13, 2015

Ok…cool. Could you give an example of what the words to that kind of prayer would look like? I’m still not totally understanding, but specific, real-life applications/examples are helpful to me.


    Mar 14, 2015

    Brad,

    I think it speaks to the mindset we often have that we *must* succeed, and we take on tasks (work, ministry, marriage) as if it is entirely up to us make them work. In doing so we are “working as if it depends on us.” Even if we pray throughout our base mindset is that *we* must succeed. If, however, we pray like Crouch suggests we are working with a clear understanding that we *cannot* succeed without God’s help. It is a humbler work, but also one that is more motivated and hopeful.



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