Thomas Manton on The Word, Meditation & Prayer

What we take in by the Word we digest by meditation and let out by prayer. These three duties must be so ordered that one may not jostle out the other. Men are barren, dry, and sapless in their prayer for want of exercising themselves in holy thoughts.

–Thomas Manton

Thomas Manton

Thomas Manton

Thomas Manton was a 17th century English Puritan. He was highly regarded by men like John Owen, J.C. Ryle and Charles Spurgeon.

The quote above identifies the three spiritual disciplines (or “duties”) of reading the Scriptures, meditation and prayer as vital for the spiritual life of the Christian.

In our day we tend to divorce prayer from the other disciplines. The result is that our prayers are not only powerless, but they lend themselves to the sin of selfishness. We pray so that we can have.

Manton’s three-fold emphasis provides the fuel and focus for prayer. When we have first eaten and digested the Word through reading and meditation, our prayers to the Lord have a foundation based in heaven rather than here on earth.

HT: Lauren Pursell

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