Daily Devotion for October 11, 2016
'Spurgeon on Prayer'
Lamentations 3:41 NAS
We lift up our heart and hands toward God in heaven...
I said to the Lord, “Thou art my God; give ear, O Lord, to the voice of my supplications.”
May my prayer be counted as incense before Thee; the lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.
Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to Thee for help, when I lift my hands toward Thy holy sanctuary.
To Thee, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in Thee I trust...
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Today's devotion is from Charles Spurgeon...
The act of prayer teaches us our unworthiness, which is a very healthful lesson for such proud beings as we are. If God gave us favors without constraining us to pray for them, we should never know how poor we are.
A true prayer is an inventory of wants, a catalog of necessities, and a revelation of hidden poverty. While it is an application to divine wealth, it is also a confession of human emptiness. While our prayer adores God, it lays the creature where it should be: in the very dust. The most healthy state of a Christian is this: to be always empty in self and constantly depending upon the Lord for supplies; to be always poor in self and RICH in Jesus; to be always weak as water personally, but mighty through God to do great exploits. Hence, the use of prayer...
Prayer, in itself, apart from the answers to which it brings, is a great benefit to the Christian. As the runner gains strength for the race by daily exercise, so for the great race of life we acquire energy by the hallowed labor of prayer. Prayer plumes the wings of God's young eaglets, that they may learn to mount above the clouds. Prayer girds the loins of God's warriors, and sends them forth to combat with their sinews braced and their muscles firm. An earnest prayer pleader comes out of his closet, even as the sun arises from the chambers of the east, rejoicing like a strong man to run his race. Prayer is that uplifted hand of Moses which routs the Amalekites more than the sword of Joshua. Prayer is the arrow shot from the chamber of the prophet foreboding defeat to the Syrians. Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength. Prayer turns human folly into heavenly wisdom. Prayer gives to troubled mortals the peace of God.
We know not what prayer cannot do!!!!
We thank You, Great God, for the mercy-seat, a choice proof of Thy marvelous lovingkindness! Help us use it aright throughout this day as “We lift up our heart and hands toward God in heaven”...in PRAYER!
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