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Spirit of Prayer

by William Law

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Influenced by the writings of German mystic, Jacob Boehme, William Law wrote two related works of mysticism: The Spirit of Love and The Spirit of Prayer.  Written by Law in the 1750’s, these books emphasize Law’s own creative interpretation of mysticism, which relies heavily on the indwelling of Christ in the believer’s soul. The Spirit of Prayer contains a series of prayers and dialogues which focus on the profound love of God. Law intended his writings to help readers renew their understanding of the holy life. He encourages his readers to follow God’s calling in this poetic passage:  “When therefore the first spark of a desire after God arises in thy soul, cherish it with all thy care, give all thy Heart into it, it is nothing less than a touch of the Divine. Get up therefore and follow it as gladly, as the Wise Men of the East followed the Star from Heaven that appeared to them. It will do for thee, as the Star did for them, it will lead thee to the birth of Jesus, not in a stable at Bethlehem in Judea, but to the Birth of Jesus in the dark centre of thy own fallen Soul.”  Law is sensitive and wise in his words.  Readers find themselves at first convicted and then comforted by Law’s The Spirit of Prayer
Emmalon Davis
CCEL Staff Writer
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Born: 1686
Died: April 9, 1761
Related topics: Bo?hme, Jakob,--1575-1624, Christian life, Christianity, Clergy, Early works
Basic information: William Law (1686 – 9 April 1761) was an English cleric, divine and theological writer.
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