Reflections on Screwtape Letter #4

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Based on the masterpiece by C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, a parody on heaven, hell and the battle for each human soul.

It’s an interesting thought, the thought that “whatever [our] bodies do affects [our] souls.” The Screwtape Letters, page 16.

This particular letter focuses on prayer. Oftentimes, when we pray, we approach God in the weirdest way. We have a perception of who God is or what we want Him to be.

Sometimes, we box God in the same category as people who have hurt us or defrauded us. Or, we have the image of God that society feeds us. Sometimes, we formulate a God that is mighty convenient to us and the life we wish to entertain. Hilariously, God is God no matter what we make of Him. Our ideas don’t change the reality of who God is; His justice and holiness.

A lot would change if we actually took the time to know who God truly is. I think we’d trust Him more; we’d go to Him more; we’d humble ourselves before Him more.

“Once all of [our] thoughts and images [of God] have been flung aside or, if retained, retained with a full recognition of their merely subjective nature, and the man [we] trusts himself to the completely real, external, invisible Presence…never knowable by him as he is known by it– why, then it is that the incalculable may occur.” Id. at 19.

“The real nakedness of the soul in prayer,” that is when our prayers are answered in incredible ways; that is when we allow God to show us who He really is. It is then that we witness immeasurable power. It is then that we are transformed.

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