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"Not as I think you are, but..." Quote
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Author:  Jack3 [ Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:26 am ]
Post subject:  "Not as I think you are, but..." Quote

There was something like "Lord, may I know you, not as I think you are, but as you actually are".

TheJack quoted it once. I think it's from Lewis or Newman.

What is the actual quote?

Author:  theJack [ Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: "Not as I think you are, but..." Quote

You may even encourage him to attach great importance to the correction and improvement of his composite object, and to keeping it steadily before his imagination during the whole prayer. For if he ever comes to make the distinction, if ever he consciously directs his prayers “Not to what I think thou art but to what thou knowest thyself to be”, our situation is, for the moment, desperate. Once all his thoughts and images have been flung aside or, if retained, retained with a full recognition of their merely subjective nature, and the man trusts himself to the completely real, external, invisible Presence, there with him in the room and never knowable by him as he is known by it — why, then it is that the incalculable may occur. In avoiding this situation — this real nakedness of the soul in prayer — you will be helped by the fact that the humans themselves do not desire it as much as they suppose. There’s such a thing as getting more than they bargained for!

Lewis, Screwtape Letters, last but of chapter 4

Here's a link of the entire chapter being read by John Cleese. It's worth a listen if not a full read:

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