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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
"You. Can. Pray"
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” --Hebrews 4:16
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” --1 Peter 5:6
I know that most of us do not pray as we should. For the most part, we live lives devoid of real, fervent prayer. Why? I know from my own experience in prayer that guilt, as it did Adam and Eve, drives me away from the Lord. Since I long to pray more, and to pray with more effectual power, I began to search how others had overcome this prayer-block of guilt. This story really helped me. Perhaps, it will help you, too.
A woman went to Andrew Murray with the problem of feeling she couldn't pray. He said, "Why then, do you not try this? As you go to your inner chamber, however cold and dark your heart may be, do not try in your own might to force yourself into the right attitude. Bow before Him, and tell Him that He sees in what a sad state you are, and that your only hope is in Him. Trust Him, with a childlike trust, to have mercy upon you, and wait upon Him. In such a trust you are in a right relationship to Him. You have nothing -- He has everything." The woman later told Murray that his advice had helped her. She discovered that her trust in Christ's love for her could help her pray, even when prayer did not come easily.
When I feel unworthy to pray, or guilty before God, and I would rather not face Him, I remind myself that God was still seeking Adam after he had sinned! He loves us, and has made a way for us to stand before Him boldly! I need prayer. So do you.