Again, it is certain that man never achieves clear knowledge of himself unless he has first looked upon God's face, and then transcends from contemplating him to scrutinize himself Institutes I, I, 1-2, (Reformed Online, Basic Course Lesson 3). Added 12/15/2014
Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them (Protestant Reformers: John Calvin). Added 5/20/2012
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