Spiritual Paupers

Wednesday, May 11                                                              

None of us pray enough.  Most of us know we don’t pray enough.  Few of us really know why.  We can generate some reasons, some of them accurate and some of them vague or uncertain.  Plus we don’t want to think about it.  So let’s think about it.  Maybe this will help.  We don’t pray much because we don’t realize how much we need things from God.  A financially stable man has no need to approach a millionaire to plead for help.  A man without a job and physically unable to work who has a family of five kids is in a quite different situation.  His kids are hungry.  What is he to do?  The point here is that we have the same mind set as the financially stable man with the millionaire.  We are getting along just fine.  And I’m not just talking about money.  We don’t consciously think about it, but underneath, we feel that we are OK.  Meaning that we don’t need help from God.  If the subject comes up, we glibly say that God has blessed us with all we need, but in reality, we too often have that feeling inside that we are the source of our well being.  It’s subtle, and it’s something that we don’t want to admit, but it’s there.  Conversely, if we were to be really aware of our spiritual poverty, that we have nothing in ourselves to commend ourselves, that we are totally dependent on God for every breath, every bite of food, every stitch of clothing, that we stand before God as an abject sinner that God chose to pour out His grace on, we’d have a different mind set.  You may think that I’m  using a bit of hyperbole here, but, there is reality in what I’m saying.  You know why I know that?  Because I’m one of them.  I remember the tax collector in Luke 18:13 who said, “Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.”  This man no doubt had lots of money; he was a tax collector.  But he recognized his helplessness before a holy God.  I need to be like that.  And I would pray a lot more!

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