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Morning and Evening: 10/11

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Morning: “Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.” – Lamentations 3:41

Evening: “Whom He did predestinate, them He also called.” – Romans 8:30

The act of prayer teaches us our unworthiness, which is a very salutary lesson for such proud beings as we are.

The most healthy state of a Christian is to be always empty in self and constantly depending upon the Lord for supplies; to be always poor in self and rich in Jesus

Lots of food for thought in Spurgeon today. And yes, prayer can be very humbling. I put the word “can” in italics because it highlights one of my (many) prideful problems. Prayer can be, but often isn’t. Sometimes my prayers are humble – I feel unworthy to approach the throne of God, when I’m feeling most miserable about my sinful nature. Yet, where else can I turn, as a miserable sinner, than to the throne of God? This reminds me of Peter’s cry to the Lord:

But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. [John 6:68]

In the midst of my sorrow over my sin, I can cry to the Lord – ‘to whom shall I go?’, and I know there is no where else – only the Lord has the words of eternal life!

And He is good to hear my prayers, because I come to Him, not in my own righteousness, but wrapped in the righteousness of Christ, wearing the banner of Jehovah Nissi over my tattered rags.

And those other times – how often do I approach of throne of God complacent about my walk, comfortable with myself, ready to inquire of the Lord, seemingly satisfied to come to the throne of grace with my own merits, my own cheap wares on display? Sad but true, I sometimes do.

I am so thankful for those humble times, when I feel so unworthy to approach the Lord in prayer, because that is the way I should always come to God in prayer.

It is “an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace.”

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