From the October, 2001 issue of Touchstone
Heavenly Avarice by Robert Crouse

Heavenly Avarice

The Theology of Prayer & Aspiration

by Robert Crouse

Like as the hart desireth the water-brooks:
so longeth my soul after thee, O God.
My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God:
when shall I come to appear
before the presence of God?
(Ps. 42:1–2)

Regarded from the standpoint of human psychology, and as a phenomenonof universal religious practice, prayer appears to be simply the articulation of human desires, human longings, and human aspirations. “My soul is athirst for God,” cries the Psalmist, and it is indeed that thirst, that desire for God, which—whether acknowledged or merely implicit . . .


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