If knowledge is lacking, your destruction is inevitable.
Hosea 4:6

God wants us to worry about our sins before we sin; the devil wants us to worry after we sin. God wants us to feel free after we repent (for we really are free then); the devil is a deceiver). The devil tempts us to cavalier pride before we sin and worrisome despair afterward, since pride and despair both separate us from God, and anything that separates us from God is the devil’s friend and our enemy, while anything that brings us close to God is the devil’s enemy and our friend.

Mrs. Mudkin closed her eyes. “We should pray.”
“I ain’t praying,” Crazy Cora said.
Mrs. Mudkin said, “Lord, please bless—“
“I ain’t praying.”
“–this land and the people who–“
“I ain’t praying.”
“–have toiled on this earth–“
“Stop that praying.”
“I can pray if I want to.”
“Then be quiet about it.

The inner voice is something which cannot be described in words. But sometimes we have a positive feeling that something in us prompts us to do a certain thing. The time when I learnt to recognise this voice was, I may say, the time when I started praying regularly.

For I prophecy that men will learn the use of their knees.

For every thing that can be done in that posture (upon the knees) is better so done than otherwise.

For I prophecy that they will understand the blessing and virtue of the rain.

For rain is exceedingly good for the human body.

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