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Today’s Prayer

March 31, 2024

Today’s Prayer: GOD IS NOT AN ERRAND BOY AND PRAYER IS NOT MERELY ASKING GOD TO DO OUR BIDDING. As someone said; ‘It is a higher thing than the beggar knocking at the rich man’s door’. “ The word "prayer" really means "a wish directed towards," that is, towards God. All that true prayer seeks is God Himself, for with Him we get all we need. Prayer is simply "the turning of the soul to God.” David captures it perfectly; [Psalms 25:1]

“To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.” When we lift up our souls to God in prayer it gives God an opportunity to do what He wills in us and with us. He has our attention, He can speak to us, guide us, give us revelation just when we need it. It is putting ourselves at God's disposal. God is always on our side, but we are not always on His side. Prayer, then, is certainly not persuading God to do what we want God to do. It is not bending the will of a reluctant God to our will. It does not change His purpose, although it may release His power. Archbishop Richard Trench said; "We must not conceive of prayer as overcoming God's reluctance, but as laying hold of His highest willingness.” GOD ALWAYS PURPOSES OUR GREATEST GOOD, DON’T EVER FORGET THAT. Prayer, in the minds of some people, is only for emergencies! Danger threatens, sickness comes, things are lacking, difficulties arise…then they pray. Prayer is, however, much more than merely asking God for something, although that is a very valuable part of prayer if only because it reminds us of our utter dependence upon God. It is also communion with God, talking to Him and Him talking to us. We get to know people by talking with them. We get to know God in like manner. The highest result of prayer is not deliverance from evil, or the securing of something we want, but it is gaining a greater knowledge of God. [John 17:3] “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” That is the highest achievement of prayer. Prayer discovers more and more of God…that is the great adventure of it. You’ll know more today than you did yesterday. This was the yearning of Job; [Job 23:3] “Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat!” Get ready today when you pray and expect to be taken somewhere in your knowledge of Him where you have never been.


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