“So long as we cling to the notion that we are ultimately each in charge of our own life we do not really need God and we will not really want to pray. So long as we view our weakness as a disgrace, we will only pray in moments of extreme desperation.
“Our desire to hold onto the façade of our own importance, our determination to take care of ourselves, and our need to be strong and independent are so deep-seated it may take a crisis in order for us to be broken open to a new view of our vulnerability. Dependence on God needs to be seen as openness rather than as weakness. We need God, not because we are unable to care for ourselves, but because we were created for such a relationship. To be closed up in ourselves, pretending that we are self-sufficient, is really to live dishonestly, for it denies part of our human nature.”– Howard L. Rice, “Reformed Spirituality,” pp. 83-83.