My Prayer for Lawrence Auster

(For the background to this post, see here.)

Our Heavenly Father, creator and sustainer of all worlds and all men, and redeemer of those who trust in Jesus Christ,

We acknowledge our intrinsic unworthiness of approaching your throne, and we do humbly thank you for giving us the gifts of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, by which means only do you regard us as righteous and as your sons and daughters.

We come to you to humbly ask for your special blessings and healing for our friend and comrade Lawrence Auster. As the Great Physician, it is entirely in your hands to heal him or not. We acknowledge that you sometimes permit your children to suffer, for good reasons which we do not know, and we understand and believe that it may be your good will to take him home to be with you at any time.

Nevertheless, we his friends do humbly beseech you to heal and save our friend Lawrence. Protect him from the anguish of physical discomfort and the bodily threat of cancer. He is dear to us, and he has much good work yet to accomplish. We accept that your will shall be done, but we are bold to argue that by prolonging his stay on earth you may increase your glory, as Lawrence continues to be a witness for faith in Christ and for a properly-ordered Christian American society. And by defending and protecting your child Lawrence, you will bear witness to your goodness and lovingkindness.

We also ask that you increase his faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for without faith, no man can please you. And it is our request that you increase our faith also, for we are all weak and prone to infidelity, and it is our desire most of all to honor you.

In the name of Jesus our Redeemer, Amen

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5 thoughts on “My Prayer for Lawrence Auster

  1. Organising or vocally endorsing a vigil or intercession is one thing, and highly laudable too, but perhaps the particulars of one’s prayer should remain a matter between God and the person praying, and at most, the person being prayed for or about. Otherwise, it all starts getting a bit Pharisaical: “look at me, I’m praying, I’m so devout”.

    The foregoing is in no way intended to suggest that Roebuck’s prayer is disingenuous. It is just that such prayers and meditations are very personal, and in my view should be treated accordingly. We live in an era where the personal is constantly paraded in the public sphere, and this results in a kind of pornography. For this reason, I tend to be sensitive to these issues.

    If my criticism is overly critical, please understand it is given in good faith and without any malice. For what it’s worth, I took part in the intercession yesterday 13 January at 5:14pm (Sydney time) in accordance with the form suggested by Kristor on this site – but that form was intended to facilitate the synergy of a group prayer and should be published for all those involved so as to achieve the objectives desired – any personal addenda were and are for God and for God alone.

  2. KM, you make some very good points, which ought always to be borne in mind.

    Sometimes, in the hour of prayer, the spirit moves us to weep; sometimes, to quiet exaltation; sometimes, to retreat into some far wild desert; sometimes, to songs of glad thanksgiving and praise; sometimes, to testimony. It is always open to question, at such times, whether our motions are ordered toward our Lord, or toward our own ends; are, i.e., simple, straight and true, or double, hypocritical, and vain. Not even the greatest saints are exempt from this worry, or so at least they have said.

    But I know Alan well enough, and so does anyone who has read more than a few of his writings, to know that his prayer is a pure flow of charity, from his heart, to the Lord, on behalf of our dear friend Lawrence. He has no need of any particular public showing of his complete devotion to Christ Jesus, for that devotion glows like an ember at the heart of everything he has ever written, whatever its outward purpose or topic. Indeed, that he shares this moment of great intimacy with his master, is an index of his great trust in us. I take Alan’s prayer to have been in the nature of a testimony delivered before a congregation of the faithful, rather than any sort of show.

    It is a terrible thing, to have been revealed for all the world to see as hopelessly besotted with God, and it is even more terrible thus to reveal oneself, as Alan has here done, and elsewhere, so often. So doing, he risks the contempt of the world, mockery, and persecution. I wish I were as brave.

  3. I take Alan’s prayer to have been in the nature of a testimony delivered before a congregation of the faithful, rather than any sort of show.

    I accept this unreservedly. Perhaps I misunderstood the intention of the original post. This is common when encountering raw text without knowing its author.

    I am a Catholic, and in our tradition we have a concept known as martyrdom by witness, which is testifying to one’s faith in public and at the risk of ridicule or rebuke. I apologise if I may have made Mr. Roebuck feel uncomfortable by reason of my comments.

    Times being what they are, he may be a martyr, and I respect his courage.

  4. Kristor,

    Thank you for your kind words. I’m not worthy of such praise, but I do want to testify about our Savior Jesus Christ whenever I can. I came to Christ in large measure because others made a public testimony of their faith and understanding. Their understanding appealed to my mind and their faith appealed to my heart, and I wish to pass on some of what I received.
    .

    KM,

    I intended the prayer as a model that others might learn from, for when we affirm truths about God, we are strengthened. God does not need us to praise Him or speak truths about Him, but we are edified when we do so.

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