God’s redeeming love can fix my heart when I wonder and adore Him. The word of God shows me where I was, what I was and what I shall be. They reveal His mercy and His justice and that means the joys of heaven and the pains of hell. When I am wearied with life and tired with my conflicts with sin, God’s Word brings me comfort. I am invited to pray. I pray because at the end of the day I desire to obey.
Your teachings are wonderful;
I obey them with all my heart.
The explanation of your teachings gives light
and brings wisdom to the ignorant.
In my desire for your commands
I pant with open mouth.
Turn to me and have mercy on me
as you do on all those who love you.
As you have promised, keep me from falling;
don’t let me be overcome by evil.
Save me from those who oppress me,
so that I may obey your commands.
Bless me with your presence
and teach me your laws.
My tears pour down like a river,
because people do not obey your law. – Psalm 119:129-136 GNT
What I do know is that prayer needs to come from a place in my heart that is sincere.
Don’t think that the Lord is too weak to save you or too deaf to hear your call for help! It is because of your sins that he doesn’t hear you. It is your sins that separate you from God when you try to worship him. – Isaiah 59:1-2 GNT
My sincere prayer, from a humble heart, offered in my secret place will produce spiritual fruit.
I pray because I am invited ot pray and I believe I am expected (commanded?) to pray.
“Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks will receive, and anyone who seeks will find, and the door will be opened to those who knock. Would any of you who are fathers give your son a stone when he asks for bread? Or would you give him a snake when he asks for a fish? As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! – Matthew 7:7-11 GNT
Prayer looks simple enough when God is present – all I do is ask. Sometimes when He does not seem so present – I find myself looking for Him. I find myself knocking when I feel unworthy of presenting myself. It is an act of humility because I know nothing about what I really need. I come with open hands ready to receive.
Great are you, O Lord, and exceedingly worthy of praise; your power is immense, and your wisdom beyond reckoning. And so we men, who are a due part of your creation, long to praise you – we also carry our mortality about with us, carry the evidence of our sin and with it the proof that you thwart the proud. You arouse us so that praising you may bring us joy, because you have made us and drawn us to yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you. – Augustine