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Our Experience in Prayer of the Three-Personal Life of God – By C. S. Lewis

June 8, 2012

You may ask, ‘if we cannot imagine a three-personal Being, what is the good of talking about Him?’ Well, there isn’t any good taking about Him. The thing that matters is being actually drawn into that three-personal life, and that may begin any time – tonight, if you like.

What I mean is this. An ordinary simple Christian kneels down to say his prayers. He is trying to get in touch with God. But if he is a Christian he knows that what is prompting him to pray is also God: God, so to speak, inside him. But he also knows that all his real knowledge of God comes through Christ, the Man who was God – that Christ is standing beside him, helping him to pray, praying for him. Ye see what is happening. God is the thing to which he is praying – the goal he is trying to reach. God is also the thing inside him which is pushing him on – the motive power. God is also the road or bridge along which he is being pushed to that goal. So that the whole threefold life of the three-personal Being is actually going on in that ordinary little bedroom where an ordinary man is saying his prayers.


This quote is from C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. Our Assistant, Norman Knowles, quoted its second paragraph in his sermon on June 3. More of Lewis’ reflection on the Holy Trinity in Mere Christianity can be accessed from Google Documents by clicking on; typing in as your email address stpaulscalgary; and then typing in as your password God’s Grace. It’s the document entitled “0001. C. S. Lewis on the Trinity (2007)”. Another part of what Lewis writes about the Holy Trinity in this book can be accessed in my June 20, 2011 posting entitled “Two Reflections on the Pulsating Activity of God’s Nature”:

You can borrow the whole book Mere Christianity from the Book Nook outside my office. 

  1. Ann permalink

    Hey, I work at a church and we love this image, would it be okay if we used this picture for a series?

    • Thank you for the comment and the request, Ann. You don’t need my permission to use this image, as I obtained it by doing a “Google Image” search. The image wasn’t identified as copyrighted, so I used it. I hope that the picture enhances your series, and is used by Our Lord to bless many, many people. I pray for God’s blessings ever to be poured out upon you.

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